Sacraments

These are the ways that we grow closer to Christ

Baptism

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

For information on receiving Baptism at St. Elizabeth Seton please call 239-455-3900, ext. 208 or email us faithformation@stelizabethseton.org

Confirmation

All baptized have part in the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus. Those who are baptized as adult receive along with Baptism the sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Communion. However, those who are baptized as a child must follow all the way through First Communion to Confirmation. The sacrament is called Confirmation, because the faith given in Baptism is confirmed and made strong. Confirmation means accepting responsibility for our faith.

Normally, only the bishop confirms the Catholics in his diocese. However, priest can be delegated by the bishop to confirm.

 

If you have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation you can still do it and so complete all the Sacraments of Christian Initiation. Call the Parish office and we will let you know how to proceed.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation has three elements: conversion, confession, and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.

For Faith Formation, the sacrament of healing and forgiveness is an important part of your child’s sacramental preparation. A special family-centered service celebrates the reception of the sacrament in an atmosphere of prayer and worship. We invite the whole family to participate.

Reconciliation is held weekly on Saturday’s following the 8:00 am liturgy and at 2:00 pm.

Reconciliation in Spanish is held on Saturday at 5:45 pm preceding the Spanish Mass.

Special times for Reconciliation are given during Lent and are available by appointment with a priest.

Holy Communion

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

At baptism, a child was incorporated into the Church and became a sharer in Christ’s threefold ministry as priest, prophet and king. His or her journey of faith continues with the reception of Holy Eucharist and will later culminate with Confirmation. These three Sacraments are known as the Sacraments of Initiation and makes us full members of the Catholic Church. First Communion in the faith journey of your child is met with great excitement and families have the opportunity to prepare them in a special way. As parents, you will help guide them and pray with them as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Communion.

If you are preparing your child for First Communion please review the First Communion policy that is available in both English and Spanish. For additional information please contact the parish office, 239-455-3900, ext. 208 or email us faithformation@stelizabethseton.org

Holy Matrimony

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with “the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other. “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him…..The two of them become one body” (Gn 2:18, 24). Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond.

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at Church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.

Anyone interested in getting married at St. Elizabeth Seton must meet certain conditions. Please review the documents on the side of this page. If you are eligible, contact our office at 239-455-3900 or email to make wedding arrangements for the church. If you are interested in renting any of our facilities for a wedding reception please let our office know.

Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them to the sacraments, by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental spiritual sickness.

If you would like an appointment for the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please all the parish office 239-455-3900

Funeral and Memorial Masses

Please be assured that our prayers, condolences, and support are extended to you during this time of your and your family’s loss. We are committed to offer you any and all spiritual and emotional assistance. St. Elizabeth Seton believes in living the reality of the Body of Christ: We all are sisters and brothers in the Lord Jesus. The Funeral Liturgy serves in celebrating the decease’s fulfillment of life in death.

“At the funerals of its children the Church confidently celebrates Christ’s paschal mystery. Its intention is that those who by baptism were made one body with the dead and risen Christ may with him pass from death to life. . . . The Church, therefore, offers the Eucharistic sacrifice of Christ’s Passover for the dead and pours forth prayers and petitions for them. Because of the communion of all Christ’s members with each other, all of this brings spiritual aid to the dead and the consolation of hope to the living,” Order of Christian Funerals, 1969, no. 1.

Many speak of giving their departed love one a “celebration of life” as opposed to a funeral. Our Roman Catholic Faith Tradition from Her inception has proclaimed a “Gospel of Life,” a celebration of the wonder and beauty of our Creator’s gift of life. Life’s celebration is renewed and regenerated by Jesus’ Paschal Mystery – His death on the cross and resurrection from the tomb. This resurrected life is anticipated in our earthly life because we await the fullness of life, which we call eternal life- a remaining and continual presence of body and soul with our Triune God in God’s Kingdom. This is what we celebrate at each Liturgy (Mass), and it is highlighted at the Funeral Mass.

At times, and for various reasons, families choose to have a Funeral Liturgy outside of (apart from) the Mass. We will accommodate such needs only at funeral homes.

If you want to register your child or yourself for Religious Education (CCD) in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation, Please contact the Parish Office during normal business hours.