The Seven Sacraments are outward signs (ceremonies) instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church to give grace. They are perceptible to the senses and point to what is sacred and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what we mean when we say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.
The following pages are meant to serve as guidelines to the reception of each of these sacraments here at St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Father is available after Mass or by calling the Pastoral Office, (315) 822-3191, to answer your questions and/or set up appointments.
The Seven Sacraments are:
Baptism: 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 enacting and celebrating the embrace of God.
Infant baptisms may take place during Mass, or any time by appointment. There is a simple preparation program which is necessary if this is your first child to be baptized.
Adult baptism is traditionally celebrated at the annual Easter Vigil. A period of preparation (RCIA) is required before receiving the sacrament. Please call the Pastoral Office to make arrangements.
Confirmation: Confirmation is a sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Holy Eucharist, it is a sacrament of initiation and of faith in God's fidelity to us.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the spring of the year for our students in the 11th grade. Anyone interested in having their son or daughter receive this sacrament, or any adult who has not yet been confirmed and wishes to be, should contact Cathy Mackin (315) 858-2466 or Ruth Rowe
Holy Eucharist: The Mass is the central act of Catholic worship; it is a prayer of thanksgiving by which Calvary is renewed. The very presence of Christ comes into the lives of the people, unites them with Christ, strengthens their belief in God and enables them to carry Christ's love into the world.
As a sacrament, the priest consecrates bread and wine. Jesus becomes present, whole and entire in these elements, to nourish his community and bring us closer to God.
Penance: The Sacrament of Reconciliation contains three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others.
This sacrament of God's loving mercy is celebrated one-half hour before Mass every Saturday in each of our churches or you may call the Pastoral Office to make an appointment.
Please don’t worry if you have forgotten the prayers or the format for confession. Father is willing to help you with any of it.
Learn more about the Sacrament of Confession/Penance/Reconciliation
Anointing of the Sick: Anointing with blessed oil and prayers by a priest give comforting grace and bring Christ to the seriously ill or dying. Sometimes physical healing occurs, but emphasis is on spiritual healing – strengthening the soul – through forgiveness of sin.
Please speak to Father any time you expect to undergo surgery or are seriously ill. The graces you receive through the “Anointing of the Sick” will bring God's healing presence to you in your time of need.
Holy Orders: Anyone interested in becoming a priest, permanent deacon, brother or sister should talk to Father. He will gladly begin the process of discernment with you.
Please visit the diocesan vocation website
Matrimony: The Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that a man and woman give themselves freely and totally to each other in the eyes of God and the Church. The loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also of God's values.
Couples planning to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony must contact the Pastoral Office at least six months prior to the planned wedding. Please be sure to do this before you finalize the date or any other plans you are making for your special day. This will allow for appropriate time to complete required paperwork and obtain the necessary documentation needed before the ceremony can be held. A marriage preparation session (Pre-Cana) is required.