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Annointing of the Sick

The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:

  • the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;
  • the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age;
  • the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance;
  • the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;
  • the preparation for the passing over to eternal life.

This sacrament is administered before surgery, in case of serious illness and for emergencies, and may be arranged by phoning the church 765-865-9964 and scheduling the sacrament.

“Is any among you sick?  Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” - James 5:14-15

Baptism

Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ and is the first sacrament of Christian initiation.  In accordance with the Lord’s will, baptism is necessary for salvation, as well as to enter the Church.  Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual sign, the character, which consecrates the baptized person for Christian worship. What's the role of Godparents?

Baptisms are celebrated after the 4:30 pm Mass on Saturday and the 11:30 am Mass on Sunday. Baptism Preparation classes are required for those parents who have not previously attended a class. You must be a member of St. Joan of Arc to have your child baptized. If you have a child that needs to be baptized, please contact Jan Marrah at 765-865-6684.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” - Matthew 28:19-20

Confirmation

Confirmation is the anointing with oil (chrism), the sign of abundance and joy, and it enriches the baptized with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. It binds the baptized more perfectly to the Church and hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. Confirmation, the second sacrament of Christian initiation, imprints a spiritual mark on the soul and is necessary for the completion of the baptismal grace.

Confirmation is a two year program beginning in 9th grade. There is more information under the “Youth and Young Adult” section. Please contact Brian Campbell at 765-865-9964.

“Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit” – Acts 8: 14-17

Holy Orders

If you would like to find out more about vocations within the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana please contact Fr. David Hasser, Director of Vocations, at frhasser@priestforever.org.

“For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that come from God. He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works but according to his own design and grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made manifest though the appearance of our savior Jesus Christ, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed preacher and apostle and teacher.” - 2 Timothy 1: 6 - 11

Holy Matrimony

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her” … ” For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one” - Ephesians 5:25-26, 31-32

Arrangements for Holy Matrimony must be made at least six months in advance. Please contact Jan Marrah at 765-865-6684.


Penance & Reconciliation

Penance and Reconcilation is the gift of God’s forgiveness and the removal of the barriers we place between ourselves, our community and our God. Reconciliation and Penance means rebridging the gap between God and us and between ourselves and others. It also suggests the deep peace that comes from being brought back into harmony with God, with our sisters and brothers and with the whole of creation.

We offer Penance and Reconciliation at the following times:

Wednesday and Friday: 7:30 – 8:00 am
Wednesday: 8:45 am
Thursday: 6:30 - 7:30 pm (2nd and 4th Thursday)
Saturday: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

We also offer a penance service during the Lent and Advent seasons.