The divine life offered by the Lord through the Catholic Church is opened to souls through the Sacramental Life by the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance, the Holy Eucharist, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick. Please contact the office or speak with a priest if you have questions.
Parents who have children under the age of 7 who have not been baptized are encouraged to contact the office to sign up to take a baptism preparation course. At the conclusion of the course, the celebration of baptism will be scheduled. Baptisms may be celebrated at a time convenient for the family and clergy, a date and time determined by the group. Baptisms may be celebrated inside and outside of the celebration of Mass.
1ST PENANCE &1ST HOLY COMMUNION
Children over the age of 7 who have been baptized in the Church receive the Sacraments of 1st Penance & 1st Holy Communion in the 2nd grade at St. Joseph Church. Accommodations may be made for children who have not received these sacraments by the completion of their 2nd-grade year.
1st Penance: There will be an Three Retreats for the children/parents starting on Sunday, October 15th, 22nd and 29th from 12:45-2:30 pm (Commons) for the 2017/2018 year.
1st Eucharist: There will be Three Retreats for the children/parents on Sunday, February 11th and 18th and 25th in 2018 from 12:45 - 2:30 pm at St. Joseph Church Commons.
The celebration of 1st Holy Communion will be Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the 11:30 am Mass.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually received by those youth in the 10th grade who have already by baptized and received the Sacraments of 1st Penance & 1st Holy Communion. Classes for this year will begin in October and run through April of 2017 with a retreat in February/March timeframe.. Accommodations may be made for youth who have not received these sacraments by the completion of their 9th-grade year. Youth who have turned 17 may receive accommodation for completing the Sacrament of Confirmation before they turn 18. For more information please contact the office.
Those adults who have been baptized in the Catholic Church who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to contact the office to speak about the requisite formation. A plan for the individual instruction of the faithful can be accommodated.
Those youth and adults who have been baptized in another Christian tradition and are interested in being received into the Catholic Church are requested to speak with the priest or Judy Cuenin to discuss possibilities for the reception of the Sacraments.
Those couples interested in entering into Marriage are requested to contact the office to begin necessary preparations. Weddings will be scheduled after consultation with the priest. Generally, preparation for marriage begins at least six months before the desired date of marriage.
In the Roman Catholic Church, the Sacrament of Holy Orders is reserved to men. Young men interested in learning more about the Sacred Priesthood are encouraged to contact the parish priest or the Vocations Office for the Diocese of Richmond.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
If you or a loved one are in need of pastoral care, please contact the office. In emergencies please contact the priest (804) 505-0710 [this number does not accept text messages].