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The Sacrament of Baptism

Holy Baptism is the base of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.  Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."
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Please call the Parish Office to make an appointment for Baptism Class and to schedule your child's Baptism.

Parents must attend Baptism Class.

The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offenses committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.
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Confessions available by appointment; also approximately 1/2 hour before Saturday & Sunday Masses. 

For more information contact Fr. Francis Makwinja 515-332-2856

Penance & Reconciliation

Holy Eucharist

The Sacrament of the Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.  Those who have been raised in the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's  own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood.  This he did in order to perpetrate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Pascal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

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St. Mary's administers First Reconciliation and First Holy communion to the second graders of our parish.  Arrangements are made to prepare out of sequence children and youth who need to prepare for sacraments. 

Adult first sacraments are normally part of our RCIA program. If you are interested in joining the church, please contact the Parish office.

If you would like to register children in our Faith Formation Program please contact the Faith Formation Director, Sara Carlson.

The Sacrament of Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the  " sacraments of Christian initiation", whose unity must be safeguarded.  It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.

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For more information about the Sacrament of Confirmation and to register your child please contact the Director of Faith Formation at the Parish Office.



The Sacrament of Matrimony

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.

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Engaged couples are to begin preparations at least 6 months before their wedding as required by diocesan policy.  A date for the wedding will be reserved only after visiting with the pastor. 

For More Information Please Contact the Parish Office 515-332-2856.

The Anointing of the Sick

By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.

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For More Information Please Contact Fr. Francis Makwinja if you or a loved one is in need of this Sacrament.

Anointing of the Sick

Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Holy Orders is a sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to the apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus the sacrament of apostolic ministry.  It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyter-ate, and deaconate.

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For More Information Please Contact Fr. Francis Makwinja

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