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The Sacraments of Christ

Baptism

The parish has developed some guidelines for infant baptisms. If you would like information about baptisms for children who are 7 years and older, please contact Robin Hambright Yanez, Director of the Religious Education Program. Robin can provide more detailed information about the Religious Education program. Adults seeking the Sacrament of Baptism or other sacraments are prepared through the RCIA Program.

If you are going to baptize your child at another parish, you will only be required to register to attend the baptismal preparation class. No further documentation will be necessary for our records.  We do encourage you to check with the parish where your child will be baptized to ensure that you are complying with their guidelines.

Upon request, the instructor will be able to provide a letter confirming attendance at the baptism prep class that you may present to the church where your child will be baptized.  Parents may also request a letter from the pastor of SMM granting permission to baptize the child at another parish.  Please call the office to make the request and be prepared to provide the name of the parish where the baptism will take place.

Parents and Godparents are required to attend the Baptismal Preparation Class. The Spanish class is held on the second Monday of each month and the English class will be held on the third Monday of the month in the evening. Those wishing to enroll in a class must register in person at the parish office.

If you plan to baptize your child at this parish, please fill out the Request for Baptism form and bring a copy of your child's state issued birth certificate to the office. We must have the copy before the baptism can be scheduled. If you need to request a birth certificate, please contact Texas Vital Statistics.

In the diocese of Austin, Catholics who are to serve as baptismal sponsors are to sign the “Covenant Form” testifying that they are Catholics in good standing with the Church, fully initiated into the Church, and if applicable, in a marriage recognized by the church.  Sponsors who live outside the area can download the form, sign it and return the form to the office by fax, mail or transmitting an email attachment.  The baptism cannot be scheduled without the Sponsor Covenant Form.

Canon Law is very specific about who is qualified to serve as sponsor.  Please read the text to learn more about the sponsor qualifications. 


Reconciliation

The priests are available to hear confessions on:

  • Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • And by appointment

Communion
Preparation for 1st communion is provided through the religious education program.

Confirmation
Preparation for confirmation is provided through the religious education program.

Matrimony

Congratulations on your engagement!  Preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church is a joyful journey that you are about to begin. Visit the Diocesan web site to read about the Marriage Preparation protocols and steps to follow. This proven marriage preparation process allows for spiritual growth, while adding tremendous depth into the couple’s relationship and their relationship with God.

Because Christian marriage is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. You may also wan to visit the USCCB site, the Conference site offers a wealth of information and resources to assist engaged couples plan a Catholic wedding and to understand and prepare for the wedding liturgy.

Even after reading all the information, you will still have many questions so do not hesitate to contact Georgina Savage, Wedding Coordinator at 512\259-3126 ext. 106.


Holy Orders

By virtue of our Baptism, all Christians are part of a common priesthood of believers. We are all called to participate in Christ’s mission. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, bishops and priests are given a special role in carrying out this mission. They exercise a ministerial priesthood. Deacons also receive a special grace through ordination and are called to assist the ministry of bishops and priests (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], nos. 1547, 1554).

Through ordination, priests become representatives of Christ to the Church—as witnesses of holiness and love, preachers of the Gospel, shepherds of the faithful, conveners of divine worship, and builders of the Church. Through their ministry, priests are called, in imitation of Christ, to “preach good news to the poor . . . proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Lk 4:18-19)” (Pope John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis [I Will Give You Shepherds], no. 11). Deacons, too, are ordained to imitate Christ in his ministry of service and charity to the poor and needy in the community.

In a recent article in the Catholic Spirit, correspondent Mary Walker interviewed current vocations director Fr. Brian McMaster who explained, “Although Deacon Craig DeYoung is the only man being ordained a priest in 2014, he expects five or six priests to be ordained annually in the coming years. In addition, this fall’s class of incoming seminarians is one of the largest ever.” Fr. McMaster also added that “A year with one ordination reminds us to keep on praying for vocations and to invite men to consider the priesthood.”

If you would like to get more information about discerning a priestly or religious vocation, please contact the Diocese of Austin Office of Vocations at 512.949.2430.


Anointing of the Sick

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person's condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention (cf. Rite of Anointing, Introduction, nos. 8-10).

A priest must be contacted for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick or Last Rites. Does a loved one or friend need anointing of the sick or last rites? Please call 512.473.6596.

¿Hay algún ser querido o amigo que necesite la unción o los últimos ritos?
Llame al  512.473.6596.

Our Homebound Ministry team reaches out with priests, deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. A Catholic layperson or deacon will respond with a pastoral visit and lay ministers are also available to bring communion to patients who may be homebound due to illness, injury or age-related impediments.  If you or a family member needs pastoral care, please contact Gigi Bost at 661.296.9829 or Silvia Cleaveland 512.259.5656 (Spanish) to request a visit.

"At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist." (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4)

If you have recently lost a loved one, we offer you our deepest condolences.  If you would like assistance to schedule the vigil service, a funeral mass and burial, please contact Georgina Savage at 512-259-3126.  She will work together with the funeral home and your family to arrange the date and times for the services.  She can also answer some general questions regarding the funeral process.  The first step, however, is for the family to visit with the funeral home of their choice. If you need to find a funeral home, Georgina can give you contact information for the funeral homes located in the Leander/Cedar Park area. Finally, to help the priest select appropriate readings for the liturgy and to help him prepare a personalized homily, please provide a brief history about the deceased by using the form located here.  The form is also available in Spanish.

 


Baptism


Reconciliation


Holy Communion


Confirmation


Matrimony


Holy Orders


Anointing of the Sick


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does a loved one or friend need anointing of the sick or last rites? Please call 512.473.6596

¿Hay algún ser querido o amigo que necesite la unción o los últimos ritos?
Llame al  512.473.6596.