Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to all the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become brothers and sisters of Christ, are incorporated into the Body of Christ, the Church, and made sharers in Christ’s ministry of reconciliation.
For parents whose own active life of faith moves them to want their children Baptized the first step is to contact the Parish Office - 207-797-7026. (further info – see parish guidelines?) Older youth or adults seeking Baptism or those already Baptized as Christians but who wish to join the Catholic Church are prepared and guided through the parish RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Contact info: Susan Mack, RCIA Coordinator (829-4352) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmation is celebrated after a person is Baptized. The church in Maine is following this ancient order. Baptism completes what has begun in Baptism and more perfectly binds a person to the Church in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Along with Baptism and the Eucharist, Confirmation is a “sacrament of initiation.” Our parish faith formation program helps prepare parents and their children for Confirmation and Eucharist in grades 2-3. Faith Formation Office - 207-358-7576. Older youth or adults would prepare for Confirmation and Eucharist through the RCIA program.
The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation and is a participation in the ongoing Passion and Resurrection of Christ. Christ is truly present in the Eucharist and when we celebrate Eucharist we participate in the Easter mystery of Christ’s on-going Passion and Resurrection. Each Sunday, then, is a reminder of Easter, and it is important that we “keep holy the Lord’s day” each Sunday, joining with the community to celebrate Jesus’ gift of life and offering our own lives toward the advance of God’s purposes in the world.
Each time we celebrate the Eucharist we ask for and receive the Lord’s forgiveness. The sacrament of reconciliation (sometimes also called Penance or Confession) is a time to speak with a priest about the state of your relationship with God, with other people and with yourself and to invite God’s healing mercy and to be reconciled to the community. Reconciliation is celebrated each week at our churches (St. Joseph Church - Saturday - 2:30 to 3:00 PM // St. Pius X Church - Saturday - 3:30 to 4:00 PM) and at special times during the year and can be arranging by speaking to one of the parish priests.