Sacraments


Celebration of Baptism

Baptism Preparation classes are offered every other month (January, March, May, July, September, and November) on the second Tuesday at 7 pm in the Annunciation room. Attendance of the preparation class is required for the first family member being baptized. Baptisms and preparation class scheduling will be done through the parish office, 314-962-5955.

Infant Baptisms: Baptisms of infants are normally celebrated on Sundays after the 11:30 a.m. Mass at approximately 12:30 p.m.  Baptismal Preparation Class is required for couples who are “first-time” parents. Please call the Parish Office to arrange a date for Baptism and/or Class.

Children: Children (7 years and above) who desire the sacrament of Baptism are normally prepared through Holy Cross Academy or PSR with the consultation of the clergy.

Celebration of Reconciliation

A priest is available in the confessional Saturday afternoon 4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. or to arrange a personal time for reconciliation, please contact Fr. Mike Esswein at 314-962-5955, 128.

Penance Services: During Advent and Lent there is a communal prayer service held jointly with our neighboring parishes (at a different location each time), followed by individual confessions, with all the parish priests.

Celebration of Eucharist

Saturday: 5:00 p.m.

Sundays: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
 
Daily: Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
 
Note: Special hearing devices for the hearing impaired are available from an usher upon request.
 

Holy Days: On Holy Days of Obligation, Mass is celebrated at 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. on the Holy Day. (Subject to change; always check the bulletin.)
 

Civil Holidays: Mass is at 9:00 a.m. on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving, and at 8:00 a.m. on the Fourth of July . (Subject to change; always check the bulletin.)
 
Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Homebound: Our clergy and the lay ministers will happily bring Holy Communion to anyone who is sick or otherwise restricted to home. Simply contact the Pastor at 962-5955, x128.

Celebration of Confirmation

Children: Children (7 years and above) who desire the sacrament Confirmation are normally prepared through Holy Cross Academy or PSR with the consultation of the clergy. Confirmation for our baptized children at the 8th grade level occurs every year.

Adult Catholics Confirmation: Any practicing Catholic who has not been confirmed is invited to contact the Pastor to prepare for Adult Confirmation.

Celebration of Marriage

The Bishops of Missouri have established a policy that all couples wishing to celebrate this sacrament are to notify either the pastor or the deacon at least SIX MONTHS prior to their proposed date. This will allow sufficient time for the couple to complete the required FOCCUS survey, to attend one of the pre-marriage programs to prepare a proper celebration of the sacrament. Only after the process has begun will be date be entered as definite in the parish calendar. The Church presumes that at least one partner in the marriage is a practicing Catholic.

Annulments: Often individuals are not fully participating in the life of the Church because of divorce and remarriage. Others, civilly divorced, have questions regarding the previous marriage. The Pastor is available to meet and discuss the status and possibilities of these particular situations.

Celebration of the Anointing of the Sick

This sacrament is primarily intended for anyone who suffers from serious or chronic physical or emotional illness or who struggles with the infirmities of age. One need not be in danger of death nor does the Church anoint one who has already died. Those scheduled for a surgery or a serious hospital stay may wish to request this sacrament prior to entering the hospital.

In Case Of Death: Although the Church does not anoint someone who has already died, clergy may be invited to minister to the family and lead the prayers at the time of death as provided by the Church.

For Parents Of A Stillborn or Naturally Aborted Infant: The Archdiocese has provided a beautiful ritual for this difficult moment. Please contact the Pastor.

Sacrament of Holy Orders

The Church calls some of its members to ordination and service within the faith community as priests and deacons. Most often this call is first recognized and encouraged by the family and the parish. The choice is strengthened through programs of education and formation provided by the diocese. As a parish we encourage young men to pray and think about making that choice in their lives.