Anything important in life is worth doing right. That is also true for the celebration of the sacraments of our faith. For that reason we ask that the congregation and families take an active role in preparing for sacraments.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. If you or a family member would like to be baptized, please call the parish office at (401) 434-4060 Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:300 pm. Baptisms are performed on the second Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm with a mandatory Baptism preparation session for the parents and godparents held the Wednesday before at 6 pm in the church.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others. Families with children in 2nd grade (and older) are invited to prepare for and celebrate First Reconciliation.The sacrament of reconciliation is always available on Saturdays between 3:00 and 3:30 pm. One can also arrange to receive the sacrament by scheduling an appointment.
The mystery of the Holy Eucharist has brought us together. It is through the Eucharist that we all become united into the Body of Christ. For the youth of the parish, First Eucharist preparation consists of a required participation in the Youth Religious Education Program. For adults who wish to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist, please see the RCIA page.
Through Confirmation we receive the Holy Spirit and become adult members of the Catholic Church. Those entering their Sophomore year of High School and older are eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Any adults who may not have had the opportunity to receive this sacrament or may not have previously been ready to receive it but would like to now, are warmly invited to join us. For these adults who wish be to confirmed, please see the RCIA page.
The sacrament of marriage celebrates the covenant of self-giving love between man and woman, and reflects the mystery of unity and love between Christ and his Church. St. Martha offers the following to insure that couples receive proper instruction and the support of the parish community as they prepare for life together: The couple first meets with a priest or deacon before a date can be scheduled. (One of the engaged should be a registered member of the parish for at least six months.) Each couple must attend their choice of marriage preparation course sponsored by the Diocese. The couple will meet with the parish priest or deacon to plan the liturgy and discuss the Sacrament of Marriage. The Catholic Church takes preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony very seriously. Generally at least 6 months should be allowed for this preparation. Engaged couples should call the pastor to schedule an appointment to discuss their plans.
Anointing of the Sick
Members of the parish facing surgery or other medical procedures or tests are invited to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Anointing is for those Christians whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or age. Ideally, one is anointed while still capable of active participation. Anointing of the Sick affords the sick the support of the Church in their struggle with illness of whatever kind. Please contact the rectory for those, who are not in the hospital, who are in need of this sacrament. The Diocese provides Catholic Chaplains for those in the hospital in need of this sacrament and, in these situations, please let the hospital staff know of your need. It is encouraged to receive this sacrament before an operation