We cherish the sacraments that are at the heart of the life of our parish. We ask that parishioners who are preparing for any of the sacraments join us for one of our weekly Sunday parish Masses and regularly attend Lifelong Faith Formation. Lifelong Faith Formation is our primary parish religious education program, every child or teen preparing to receive one of the sacraments for the first time should take full part in Lifelong Faith Formation for an entire year before beginning his or her year of preparation.
The sacrament of baptism derives its name from a Greek word that means to plunge or to immerse into water. It highlights the new Christian’s burial into Christ’s death and resurrection into a new Christian life of grace. Baptism also makes us children of light and empowers us to bring the light of Christ into the world. Please contact Kerry Gross at the Parish Office at 920-403-3988 or via email at email@example.com for assistance with Baptisms.
The sacrament of reconciliation (confession) is scheduled each Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Reconciliation Room during the academic year at Old St. Joe's. Anyone seeking this sacrament may contact any priest on campus for an appointment at any time. Communal Reconciliation services are scheduled each year during Advent and Lent.
The Eucharist is a mystery of love, celebrated in the midst of the assembled faithful and at the very heart of the liturgical life of the church. The Eucharist is the memorial of our Lord’s passion and resurrection. The word “Eucharist” comes from the Greek for thanksgiving, and, through it, we express gratitude for God’s many gifts. Another name for the Eucharist is the Lord’s Supper, as this sacrament recalls Jesus’ Last Supper with the apostles and looks ahead to the heavenly banquet. First Eucharist will be celebrated May 4, 2014.
A continuation of the sacrament of baptism, confirmation reaffirms a Catholic’s commitment to his or her faith. We offer a preparation program for those who want to receive the sacrament of confirmation, which is celebrated at Old St. Joe's every odd-numbered year. Confirmation will next be celebrated in 2015.
For more information, please contact Bethany Thier at 920-403-3474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parishioners, alumni of St. Norbert College and those with Norbertine affiliations may choose to marry at Old St. Joe’s. Couples are encouraged to contact the parish office a year in advance so that they may begin the period of preparation that the Catholic church requires for the sacrament of marriage.
Preparation sessions will focus on your relationship with each other, family, community and God. Couples will need to participate in an engaged-couple retreat offered through the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay or their local diocese of residence.
You will receive our marriage policies and procedures booklet, “Your Wedding in the Catholic Church and Before You Say I Do: Preparing for your Marriage,” after your wedding is booked.
Once all of these steps are completed, you will meet with the priest/deacon witnessing your vows to plan your wedding liturgy. For more information, please contact Kerry Gross at the Parish Office at 920-403-3988 or via email at email@example.com.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA is a process through which unconfirmed or non-Catholic adults complete their journey of initiation into the Roman Catholic Church. Candidates may include people baptized in another Christian denomination who now wish to be initiated in the Catholic tradition, as well as those who were never baptized, and baptized adult Catholics wishing to be confirmed. For more information about RCIA, please contact the Rev. Sal Cuccia, O.Praem. at 920-403-3526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sacraments of initiation call all Catholics to holiness, to be witnesses and servants of Christ’s gospel. They give the grace we need to live Christ-like lives for others. In general, vocation means calling, an invitation by the Lord to a special kind of service. One can be called to serve God in the single life, as a married person, as a priest or in religious life. For more information on vocation opportunities, please contact the Rev. John Tourangeau, O.Praem. at 920-403-3075 or email@example.com or Sr. Laura Zelten, OSF, at 920-403-3991 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.