Sacraments of Christian Initiationadminsta2019-02-16T13:36:48-04:00
|BAPTISM:||This sacrament welcomes a child into the Christian faith and faith community. Through this sacrament we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God, becoming members of Christ. At St. Thomas, we encourage parents, godparents, family members and friends to share in this beautiful expression of initiation into the Christian faith.
The baptism of school-age children is arranged through the youth minister. Adult baptism, as part of joining the Catholic Church, is handled by the RCIA program.
Our baptisms take place after the 10:30 Mass on the fourth Sunday of the month or by special arrangement with the pastor. Please call the Parish Office (317-253-1461), to register for baptism preparation and to arrange a date for baptism. Parents need only to attend baptism preparation for the first child baptized. Coordinator: Rachel Thomas, 317-258-3733, email@example.com
|FIRST RECONCILIATION & COMMUNION:||These are huge events in every Catholic child’s life as they learn about the gift of God’s love and grace through the Sacraments. Children and their parents meet in small groups to conduct preparation classes. Candidates also participate in retreats before each sacrament is conferred.
First Reconciliation occurs in the Fall/Winter and First Communion occurs in the Spring. Leader: Karla Hudecek, firstname.lastname@example.org
||“The Sacrament of Confirmation is so important. We need the grace of this sacrament to support us in carrying out our baptismal vocation not only to live the faith but to witness to it. This is why the Church requires that our youth be confirmed. Confirmation allows the young Church to advance in their faith, but also it impacts their families and the entire community of believers, the Church. It allows the gifts and service of the confirmandi to contribute to the building up the Kingdom of God.” (Archbishop Emeritus Daniel Beuchlein OSB).
At St. Thomas Aquinas, our program prepares students in the 8th, 9th or 10th grades for the Sacrament of Confirmation and draws our candidates into a deeper relationship with God through sponsor/candidate relationships, monthly formation meetings, service projects, and a retreat. Leader: Karla Hudecek, email@example.com
|MARRIAGE PREPARATION:||Marriage is one of the sacraments of the Christian Community. Our marriage preparation program helps engaged couples better live the sacrament of marriage and experience it to its full richness.
Engaged couples– Engaged couples meet with trained and successfully married couples 3 or 4 times for 2-3 hours each session. Meetings are scheduled between the sponsor and engaged couple. Engaged couples wishing to be married at STA must include at least 1 active parishioner and should contact the parish priest first. Leaders: Andy & Dottie Weidekamp, 317-846-6556, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|ANOINTING OF THE SICK:||
“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.” Lumen Gentium 11
Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered by appointment OR 3 times a year at our regular Masses.
We encourage you to participate in the Sacrament of the Anointing the Sick if you are: ill, of advanced age, have had health issues, enduring chronic illness, a young child with a life threatening illness, an older child who requires adult care, or anyone preparing for an operation or a general anesthetic. This sacrament is able to be received more than once in your life time. It may be received on any occasion that you find yourself to be in one of the above circumstances. The sacrament provides grace to endure your infirmity, unites your sufferings to the Passion of Christ, and prepares the soul for everlasting life with our God.
|HOLY ORDERS:||Please contact the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Office of Vocations @ 317-236-1490.|