The sacraments are an outward sign of inward grace–a sacred and mysterious sign or ceremony, ordained by Christ, by which grace is conveyed to our souls.
In every sacrament three things are necessary: the outward sign, the inward grace, and Divine institution. A sign stands for and represents something else … Sacraments do not naturally signify grace; they do so because they have been chosen by God to signify mysterious effects.
St. Thomas’s antiphon on the Eucharist: “O sacrum convivium, in quo Christus sumitur, recolitur memoria passionis ejus, mens impletur gratia, et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur — O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of the passion is recalled, the soul is filled with grace, and a pledge of future life is given to us”.
Parents wishing to have their children baptized are asked to attend the “Baptismal Preparation Class.” Inquiries should be made to the office, and parents are encouraged to attend during pregnancy. Baptism may be given either in a Mass or privately.
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation
Adults wishing to join or find out more about the Catholic Church should do so by joining the RCIA program. See the online RCIA Group for details.
Confirmation is normally received during the Junior year of High School in this Diocese. All students wishing to be confirmed must attend confirmation classes.
Baptized, Catholic adults, over age 20, who have received their first Communion and wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation should contact the Pastor.
Those who have not been baptized or have not received their first communion should visit the online RCIA Group for program details.
Communion is available to Catholics in the state of grace at every Mass. Those sick and unable to attend Mass may receive Communion from extraordinary ministers.
Confessions are regularly scheduled for each Sunday morning before the 9:00 a.m. Mass. They may be scheduled at any other time by appointment.
The Diocese of Nashville requires at least 6 months of preparation before the desired date.
Anointing of the Sick
Anyone entering the hospital or in serious ill health is encouraged to be anointed. This sacrament is usually celebrated when all family members can be present.