Sacraments

Sacraments


“The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments [along with the proclamation of the Gospel]. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.” – Paragraph 1113, Catechism of the Catholic Church

Eucharist

The celebration of the Mass is the “Source and Summit” of our life as Christians. Join us as a community of God’s sons and daughters as together we celebrate the great mysteries of our faith.

Saturday – 5 PM
Sunday – 8:30 AM
Tuesday – Friday – check schedule on Home page: Home
Holy Days as announced

Reconciliation – Penance

Through confession God forgives our sins and reconnects us with his reconciling love.

Saturday – 4:30 – 4:45 PM
Sunday (During Lent) – 8:00 – 8:15 AM
Or call the rectory for an appointment with the pastor.

Baptism

Through baptism one is freed of sin, given the light of Christ, and brought into our community of faith. Baptisms can take place inside or outside of Mass. If you are having your first child, you will be asked to attend a sacramental preparation class with a priest or designated teacher. Please contact the rectory to schedule one.

MatrimonyMarriage at Sacred Heart Church

Please contact the rectory at least 6 months prior to your desired wedding date to check for availability and to begin sacramental preparation with a priest.

If you wish to inquire about a marriage annulment, please visit our diocesan website for more information and frequently asked questions.

Anointing of the Sick

God’s healing graces are given to the seriously sick, the elderly, and those preparing for surgery through this sacrament. We no longer call it “last rites” because Anointing of the Sick is no longer for just the dying. It is a sacrament for the living.

Our Parish cluster of St. Bruno in Pinckneyville and St. Mary Magdalene Todd’s Mill offers Anointing of the Sick Masses 3 times a year in which the Sacrament is offered. In addition, Fr. Joseph makes frequent visits to the homebound, hospital and nursing homes to anoint anyone wishing to receive the sacrament.

Priesthood – Holy Orders

In the words of Bishop Braxton on the occasion of his Advent 2010 visitation to Sacred Heart Parish: “Continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood. The days are gone when it can be assumed by each and every parish that a priest will be immediately sent to fill a vacancy. The bishop can send only the priests that he has. Priests are not produced in the Cathedral or in the Diocesan offices. They come from your families. Extend invitations. Pray. Work for vocations. Now is a critical time for this!”

If you or someone you know feels called to a religious vocation, please contact Fr. Joseph or the Diocesan Vocation Office at (618) 235-9601 or visit our diocesan vocations website.

Confirmation

Candidates for Confirmation who are children are prepared through our Parish School of Religion (PSR). Candidates who are adults are prepared through the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) sessions. These Confirmations usually are celebrated yearly at the Easter Vigil Mass.