Our participation in the sacramental rites is an outward expression of an inner commitment to our faith and our acceptance of God’s grace. Below you will find policy and procedure information regarding baptism, marriage, and sacraments for the anointing of the sick. For information about the Eucharist and reconciliation, please visit our Mass and Prayers page. You can learn more about preparation for the sacrament of confirmation on our Confirmation page.
Sacrament of Baptism
Parents should be practicing Catholics, attend mass regularly, and be registered in the parish for at least three months. The baptismal parent letter outlines everything you will need to know. Parents seeking baptism for their child will first meet with our pastor, Fr. Andrew McNair. To request an appointment with Fr. McNair, and to obtain a baptismal information packet which includes all the necessary forms, please contact Adele Chestnut or Diana Wake in the parish office. Military personnel who need special assistance with baptisms due to duty assignments should specifically speak to Diana.
Sacrament of Marriage
If you would like to be married in the St. Anthony of Padua Church, please be aware that in order to do so, both you and your partner must be registered and practicing parishioners. Diocesan policy requires that couples allow a period of six months for preparation prior to the ceremony, so we encourage you to meet with the pastor before setting a date.
Sacrament for Anointing of the Sick
When age or ill health prevent you from receiving the sacraments, we urge you to inform us of your needs and location, whether you are at home or in a care facility or hospital. We are only able to serve you when you specifically request the parish office to do so.
Anointing of the sick is for people who are ill, facing surgery, or advanced in years. We suggest celebrating an anointing sacrament before entry into the hospital, if possible. Please call the parish office to make arrangements with the pastor as soon as you know you have a need for this sacrament. We will be happy to assist you in this matter.