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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 Christian Rappuhn 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

Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana Office for Vocations

Fr. Clayton D. Thompson, Director of Vocations

Fr. Derek Aaron, Associate Director of Vocations

Phone: 765-477-0070

Email: vocations@dol-in.org

Address: 207 N. Washington Street; Delphi, IN 46923

“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.

For Roman Catholics, marriage is more than a legal contract or a serious covenant. Marriage is SACRED and HOLY. The church proclaims that it is a Sacrament, meaning that all through marriage, the Almighty Trinity reveal their divine love and grace. St. Paul and the early Fathers of the Church, both East and West, define marriage as a reflection and witness of how Jesus interacts with and loves the Church. Jesus is the Bridegroom and the Church is His bride. Therefore, we at St. Lawrence are extremely serious about our responsibilities in preparing a couple for this great sacrament.

Serious preparation takes time; therefore we ask that if you are planning to marry and neither of you has been married before please contact the church office at least six months ahead. It is a GOOD idea to do this before you contract with other services, like reception hall.

Couples will take a readiness instrument called FOCCUS. The results are reviewed in private with a priest. Couples are also required to attend Pre-Cana workshop. Registration for Pre-Cana is handled through the diocesan Pastoral Office: www.dol-in.org/marriage-preparation

In the Catholic Church, Catholics are required to marry only Catholics, however, it is the practice of the Church to have the Bishop dispense from this requirement. Normally, this is a very simple process. It is another reason to contact us as early as possible if you plan to marry.

The couple is also required to register as parishioners. We can only witness a marriage of a parishioner, unless granted written permission from their pastor and diocese. If you are a St. Joan of Arc parishioner and plan to marry in another Catholic or Christian church, you must contact the church office.

In the Sacrament of Marriage, the bride is the minister of the sacrament to the groom and the groom to the bride. Bishops, priests or deacons do not confer the sacrament. They are the official Church witness.

If you plan a Mass for that great day, you need to have a priest or bishop. If you do not plan a Mass, you may have deacon, priest or bishop witness the marriage.

Catholic marriages must be held in a sacred place. Normally this means in a church, Catholic or Protestant. Our diocese is very observant to this rule. If you plan a marriage in a non-Catholic Church, we need to get permission of the bishop.

If either or both parties have been married before
If you were married outside the church and want your marriage convalidated in the church, please contact the church office.

If you or your spouse has previous marriage(s) in the church, by other faith ministers, or civil authorities, and the former spouse is still living, you need to go through the process of annulling the previous marriage(s). This process is required by people marrying in the church or joining the Catholic Church [RCIA] who have previous marriages and are remarried.

For discussion or information on previous marriages, please call the church office at 765-865-9964.

We have additional materials, so please contact Jan Marrah at 765-865-6684 or jan@saintjoan.org as soon as possible.


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: 6:00 until the last person
Saturday: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

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