The Sacraments at Mater Misericordiae
BAPTISM – This is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation, without which no other sacrament can be validly received. The old man of sin in us is put to death and buried with Christ in order that we may live a new risen life of grace as a member of His Church. Baptism washes away Original Sin and any past personal sins, it gives the character of an adopted child of God and member of Christ’s mystical body, and it plants the seeds of Eternal Life.
If you are not baptized and want to receive instruction and enter the Catholic Church as a member of Mater Misericordiae, please call to make an appointment with one of our priests. Parishioners who have a new child should make an appointment with one of our priests about 1 month prior to the due date. Current Church Law requires that parents have their child baptized within 1 month after birth.
Infant Baptisms for REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY (Exceptions reserved to Pastor)
CONFIRMATION – This sacrament is the second of the Sacraments of Initiation, where the fullness of the virtues and gifts of the Holy Ghost and the character of a Christian Soldier is given. Confirmation ought to be received in the state of grace, preceded by a good confession and while fasting.
Confirmation is normally reserved to the Diocesan Bishop in all cases except for those adults who enter the Catholic Church by receiving the Sacrament of Baptism at their parish. The Diocese of Phoenix follows the more traditional policy of giving Confirmation to children prior to their receiving their First Holy Communion. At Mater Misericordiae, Confirmation is administered every two years by Bishop Olmsted, or his Auxiliary, Bishop Nevares.
REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY (Exceptions reserved to Pastor)
HOLY EUCHARIST – The third of the Sacraments of Initiation, the Holy Eucharist is the greatest of the sacraments since it gives not only Sanctifying Grace (as all the other sacraments do), but it gives the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, of Jesus Christ Himself. The Sacrament of Our Lord’s Body and Blood is given during Holy Mass and outside of Mass to sick and elderly parishioners who are unable to attend Holy Mass. To receive the Eucharist worthily, one must be a Catholic in good standing with the Church and not conscious of having committed any mortal sin since one’s last confession. Also, the current Law for the Eucharistic Fast obliges Roman Catholics to not take food or drink for at least 1 Hour before receiving Holy Communion (Water and Medicine do not break the Fast).
In the Traditional Latin Mass, Holy Communion is given only on the tongue while kneeling (unless one is unable to kneel). To make it easier for you and the priest, please do the following carefully: close your eyes, tilt your head back, open your mouth wide while extending your tongue over your bottom lip, and try not to move until the Sacred Host is placed on your tongue. There is no response of “Amen” since the priest himself says that for each communicant.
Classes for First Holy Communion are offered every year in conjunction with the bi-annual preparation for Confirmation. Young children who have attained sufficient use of reason may be admitted to classes at the discretion of the Pastor.
[First Holy Communion is for REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY.]
CONFESSION – This is the sacrament of mercy through which sins, especially mortal sins, are forgiven and penance is done, both to make up for those sins already forgiven and to help preserve the penitent from future falls. Remember the 5 Steps to make a good confession: 1) Find out your sins, 2) Be sorry for them, 3) Make up your mind not to sin again, 4) Confess your sins to the priest, and 5) Do the penance he gives you. Sorrow must be for a supernatural motive (filial fear of God’s punishments and/or filial love for God who has been offended). Some purpose of amendment must be included with true sorrow (firm resolve to not sin again and to remove any obstacles/occasions which can and ought to be removed). All Mortal Sins that one recalls since his last good confession must be confessed by both kind and number. Venial sins may also be confessed, though this is not required.
Visitors at Mater Misericordiae who are not familiar with the Traditional Latin Rite need not worry, for only the absolution prayers are said in Latin by the priest. After kneeling in the confessional, begin with some customary formula such as, “Bless me father, for I have sinned. My last confession was [mention how long since last confession] and these are my sins…” If you need help, advice, or have a question, don’t be afraid to ask the priest. After listening to his advice/admonition, pray your act of contrition when he tells you to, and begin your penance after departing the confessional. Outside of the regular daily confession times, reasonable requests by parishioners for a confession appointment will be honored.
EXTREME UNCTION – This sacrament, also know as Anointing of the Sick, is for those in danger of death from some internal illness, physical injury, or very old age, in order to prepare them with the graces they need for a holy death or to heal them of their infirmity if God so wills.
This sacrament, outside the case of an unforeseen emergency, ought to be given when the sick person consciously desires this sacrament and is able to make a good confession. If your loved one is in danger of death from illness, injury, or very old age, please do not wait to call when they are almost at the point of death. Call the priests early enough to help them receive it with the best possible dispositions.
[If you are calling on behalf of someone else, as a courtesy to the priests at Mater Misericordiae and out of respect for the rights of other pastors, (except in more dire emergencies) please do not call for this sacrament if the sick person is not a member of this parish, unless you have first tried to contact their proper pastor or hospital chaplain.]
HOLY ORDERS – This is the sacrament which makes a man participate in the ministerial Priesthood of Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest in order to Sanctify, Teach, and Govern the people redeemed by His Precious Blood. There are three grades of this sacrament: Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. The man in Holy Orders sanctifies the people through the offering of the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Prayers of the Divine Office, as well as administering the other sacraments. He teaches them through his preaching and his catechetical instruction. He governs them by carrying out his pastoral duties according to his rank and pastoral appointment given him by his superiors in the Church.
If you are a resident of Arizona and are interested in discerning a priestly vocation with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), after having viewed the info online at https://fssp.com/priestly-formation/, please call the parish and make an appointment with one of the priests here.
MARRIAGE – This is the sacrament of the family, the domestic church. The primary purpose of this holy union of man and wife is the procreation and education of children and the secondary is the mutual love and support of the spouses. This sacrament gives all the special graces needed for the spouses to be faithful to each other and it enables them to educate and form their children to know and live out their Catholic Faith as true disciples of Christ.
The Diocese of Phoenix has a 9-month period of preparation time for engaged couples in order to insure sufficient time for catechesis and review of all documentation on the freedom of each person to marry. Marriage Preparation classes are provided by both the Diocesan Office for Marriage and by the priests at Mater Misericordiae. You must meet with your Pastor before beginning your marriage prep and before setting a final wedding date.
REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY (Exceptions reserved to Pastor)
Special Note about FUNERALS – If you, or one of your loved ones, are not a current parishioner, please communicate to us in writing your desire to have funeral and burial rites from the priests at Mater Misericordiae Catholic Church. Otherwise, we expect to provide this for all parishioners as arrangements are made with their family through the Funeral Home they have chosen.