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Sacraments

The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians.

Baptism

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
 
Infant Baptism
Celebrated the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday of the month at 1:00pm.  
Parent preparation class held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30pm. 
Please register beforehand - 847-398-3362
Adult Baptism
We welcome people of all ages into our community. The process for welcoming adults into the Roman Catholic faith is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Reconciliation

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.
 
 
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8:00-9:00am or by appointment with a Priest.
Children Preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
At St. Edna, it is our custom for children to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during second grade, before they have received their First Communion.
For more information, visit our Religious Education - K-5th Grade page.

Eucharist (First Communion)

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. 
 
Children Preparing for the Sacrament of Eucharist
At St. Edna, it is our custom for children to receive their First Communion during second grade.
For more information, visit our Religious Education - K-5th Grade page.
Adult Eucharist
We welcome people of all ages into our community. The process for welcoming adults into the Roman Catholic faith is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Confirmation

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
 
Children Preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation
At St. Edna, young adults in the 8th-10th grade prepare to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. 
For more information, visit our Religious Education - 8th-10th Grade page.
Adult Confirmation
We welcome people of all ages into our community. The process for welcoming adults into the Roman Catholic faith is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Marriage

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.
 
 
Arrangements for the celebration of marriage should be made at the Parish Office at least 6 months in advance.  Please call for an appointment with a priest 847-398-3362

Holy Orders - Becoming a Priest or Deacon

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
 
 
Within the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Deacons preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Married men may be ordained permanent deacons, but only unmarried men committed to lifelong celibacy can be ordained deacons if they are planning to become priests.
 
For more information, contact the Parish Office or visit the following pages:

Anointing of the Sick

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.
 
 
 
This Sacrament is for people who are facing major surgery, serious illness, chronic illness, and aging. The Church recognizes that people need the healing and strengthening power of Christ in these difficult times.  It benefits both the sick person and the community by allowing all of us to show our concern for the sick among us and to remind them that they are never alone.
Who Can Receive The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick?
  • Those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness (including mental illness) or old age
  • Those about to undergo surgery because of a serious illness
  • Those who are elderly and weakened by age, even if there is no serious illness
  • Sick children who are mature enough to be strengthened by the Sacrament
 
You may receive the Sacrament any number of times in your life.
 
Please call the Parish Office to make arrangments for receiving this Sacrament - 847-398-3362.