Sacraments

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM:
1st and 3rd Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Parents must be registered members of St. Mary’s. One sponsor must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic. Both must be Christians. Attendance at Baptism Preparation Class is required. Parents are encouraged to attend this Class before the birth of their baby. Please call the rectory at 410-879-4015 or 410-452-5166, ext. 20 for more information.

FIRST EUCHARIST & RECONCILATION:  The Eucharist is indeed a mystery.  It is a sign and source of unity and a priviledged moment of thanksgiving.  It is an experience of Jesus' life-giving sacrifice and a treasured moment of His real presence. The Eucharist is all these things and more.  It is an inexhaustibly rich mystery of our faith, and as the National Catechetical Directory declares, "The center and heart of Christian Life".

The children prepare for first celebration of sacraments (Eucharist & Reconciliation) at some point during the elementary years.  We follow the guidelines an regulations for the Archdiocese ofBaltimore when determining readiness and eligibility.  For more information and to register contact the Sacramental Coordinator, Kathy Ayers @ 410-836-1141.

CONFIRMATION: Brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace.  It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us.  Confirmation is a sealing with the gift of the Holy Spirit; an empowering which "conforms believers moe perfectly to Christ and strengthens them to bear witness to Christ for the building up of His body in faith and love."  Confirmation..."gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by work and action as true witness to Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross." (Catechism of the CatholicChurc #1303).

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated during the high school years depending on the readiness of the young person.   Any teeager who is committed to the tenets of our faith and would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation needs to register for the program and compete all the requirements. For more information or to register contact Janet Young @ 410-879-4015 ext. 24


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE:
According to Archdiocesan policy, couples are required to make an appointment with a priest or deacon of the parish at least 6 months in advance of the date they plan to celebrate their wedding.

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK:
Available after all of the weekend masses and at other times by appointment. This Sacrament is intended for those who are ill or infirm. Parishioners planning to enter the hospital are encouraged to receive this Sacrament prior to admission. Parish members visit hospitalized or homebound parishioners when notified of their illness. please be aware that the hospital will not inform us

Please call the Rectory if you would like Communion brought to a sick member of your family.