Baptism: The first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (977, 1213 ff.; 1275, 1278).
The Sacrament of Baptism is administered on Saturday evenings during or after the 4:30 pm Mass. It is also celebrated during or after the 10:00 am Sunday Mass. There are no baptisms during Lent. Arrangements for other days can be made by contacting the parish office. Parents who are planning for the baptism of their first child are required to complete our Baptism Preparation Class which includes information about the ceremony and more importantly about being a Catholic parent and raising a child in our faith. The baptism preparation program is offered on the last Monday every month from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center by Deacon Bob Hermes or Deacon Al Lundy. You’re welcome to bring your infant with you to the class. There is no need to register in advance. Parents won’t need to repeat the Baptism Preparation Class for their second or following children.
If you wish to schedule a Baptism and/or need dates for the Baptism class, please call Jen Lonergan, Administrative Assistant at the Parish Center at 309.829.2197.
The Sacrament Of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually administered in the Fall of the year dependent on the schedule of the Bishop for Children enrolled in their 8th grade (having completed requirements necessary for reception of the sacrament). Confirmation is also celebrated during the Easter Season for those enrolled in the adult program.
Contact the Parish Center if you are interested in joining or becoming Catholic.
Confirmation is necessary to complete the baptismal grace. By Confirmation, the baptized are more closely united to the Church, enriched by a special strength of the Spirit, and more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith.
First Holy Communion
As Catholics, we believe the Eucharist (Holy Communion) is the real presence of Jesus Christ and that He lovingly offers Himself as spiritual nourishment with each celebration of the Mass. This intimate exchange with our Lord strengthens us spiritually and brings us closer to God. It also increases our capacity to love one another more fully and to live in Christian community.
Children typically receive their First Holy Communion in second grade. Holy Trinity Parish requires at least one full year of formal religious education (Catholic school or faith formation) prior to receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation, and at least two full years of formal religious education prior to receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist.
For more information about First Holy Communion for children, contact Lucy Reynolds, CCD Coordinator at 309.829.8862.
Adult Reception of the Sacraments
Adults who are interested in receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Reconciliation and/or First Holy Communion), please contact, Catalina Drew, at the Holy Trinity Parish Office about the RCIA program at 309.829.2197 ext. 224.