Our Catholic Sacramental life is rich with sign and symbol. We are helped to express our inward longing and desire to know and serve God. The Seven Sacraments invite us to continue our search for God and give purpose to our daily living.
- First Reconciliation
- First Communion
- Confirmation 9th Grade
- Confirmation 10th Grade
- Ordination and Religious Life
- Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the following dates at 12:30 p.m. after Mass (unless specified otherwise). There are no Baptisms scheduled during Lent.
2018 Ceremony and Workshops:
All parents (must be parishioners) are asked to attend a baptism preparation meeting prior to the baptism of their child. Find a date that works for you and then CLICK HERE to register online.
Next baptism preparation meetings are listed below:
April 8, 9am or 11 am
Oct 14, 9am or 11 am
CONTACT: Becky Olson at 651-683-9808 ext. 102.
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is offered in Fall 2017:
Baptized children who are 7 years of age (second grade) or older are prepared for First Reconciliation by their parents in conjunction with either the St. Thomas Becket Parish Faith Formation program or a Catholic School faith program. Children in Sacramental Preparation must also be in either their Parish Faith Formation Program or enrolled in a Catholic School.
Preparation for Reconciliation is a beautiful, healthy and positive experience. It is offered in a way that affirms the value of the child and God’s love for the child. The process also affirms one’s love for oneself. Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation usually precedes preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist; however, a parent may choose to have preparation later, usually fourth or fifth grade.
- Tuesday, October 10, –“Parents only” meeting – 6:30 pm
- Thursday, November 9, - Parent / Child meeting – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
- Saturday, November 18, - First Reconciliation Celebration and reception – 10:00 am
CONTACT: Mary McDonald at 651-683-9808 ext 108.
The Sacrament of First Communion is offered in 2018:
Coming to the table to be nourished by Jesus, the Eucharist is at the center of who we are as Catholic, Christian people. Baptized children who are 7 years of age (second grade) are prepared for First Eucharist by their parents in conjunction with either the St. Thomas Becket Parish Faith Formation program or a Catholic School faith program. The Archdiocese requires that all children in the First Eucharist program must be enrolled in the parish's Faith Formation program or attend a Catholic School, so that formation and growth in faith and understanding is continuous and in the context of the Christian community. Older children, who have not had First Eucharist and are now ready, may be prepared by special arrangement.
- Tuesday, February 13, - “Parents only” meeting – 6:30 pm
- Thursday, March 22, - Parent / Child meeting (banner/ self-portrait / bring 2 Sm pics of child) – 6:30 pm– 8:00pm
- Saturday 5 pm / Sunday 9 am or 11 am - March 24-25 – Choose one Mass to participate in Palm Sunday procession
- Saturday 5 pm/ Sunday 9 am or 11 am - April 14-15 – Choose one Mass - Offering of Bread to all Masses.
- Thursday, April 19 – Rehearsal / gift bearers, sprinklers, bell banners / seating / Tasting bread / wine – 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
First Eucharist Mass celebration Options
- Saturday, April 28 – 5:00 pm
- Sunday, April 29 – 9:00 am and 11:00 am
CONTACT: Mary McDonald at 651-683-9808 ext. 108.
Year 1 of Confirmation Preparation begins in February of the 9th Grade Year, and runs into early May. (For an explanation of our reasons for waiting until February to begin classes, please read this)
The first year includes the following:
- A "Welcome Meeting" for candidates and parents in January
- 4 small group meetings (Sun nights 6:00-7:30pm)
- An event for candidates and their sponsors in AprilMay
- A 1-on-1 meeting for each candidate with Ed (program coordinator)
CONTACT: Ed Overell at 651-683-9808 ext. 106.
10th Grade Confirmation is the 2nd year of the Confirmation Preparation Program at St. Thomas Becket. Students (regardless of grade) should complete the first year of the program before they enroll in the 2nd year. (Exceptions are made for candidates whose families join the parish after their 9th grade year.) CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS
CONTACT: Ed Overell at 651-683-9808 ext. 106.
Welcome to the Sacrament of Marriage preparation. For those seeking marriage at St. Thomas Becket Parish, please contact our pastor, Fr. Tim Wozniak at least eight months before your desired date of marriage to begin.
Engaged couples will participate in the following preparatory steps:
- Contact Fr. Tim Wozniak at least eight months prior to the wedding date to get started and reserve the wedding date.
- Meet with Deacon Mickey Friesen to learn the preparation process.
- Meet with a trained mentor couple at least three times.
- Participate in a pre-marriage retreat.
- Attend a wedding workshop.
- Finalize plans for wedding ceremony
CONTACT: Fr Tim Wozniak at 651-683-9808 ext 104.
In religious life, a person makes a lifelong commitment to belong to a religious community or order. As part of the commitment, the person makes three religious vows: a vow of chastity, poverty and obedience.
Women in religious life are called sisters or nuns. Men in religious life are called monks, friars or brothers. Hundreds of different Catholic religious communities exist across the globe. Each community usually has a unique mission, determined by the founders of the community.
As Catholics, we believe that all people share in the priesthood of Christ by virtue of their Baptism. The first letter of Peter says "Let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood" (2:5). The church calls this the common priesthood of the faithful. Within this common priesthood, some people are called to unique participation in the mission of Christ through the Sacrament of Holy Orders to become priests. Their role is to serve the Christian community in the name of Christ and to represent Christ in the community.
Excerpts taken from the Catholic Faith handbook St. Mary's Press.
If you are discerning the call to religious life or priesthood, don't hesitate to talk to your parish priest or call the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis for further information and guidance.
CONTACT: Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis at 651-962-6890.
This Fall, all who are experiencing physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges are encouraged to attend this communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with prayer and music during the 5:00 p.m. Masses. A prayer of faith over the sick, the laying on of hands, and the anointing of sick with oil represent the prayer and blessing of the community and the healing presence of Christ and the Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is available at any time if you suffer from any kind of illness affecting body, mind or spirit, or have a chronic or life threatening condition.
CONTACT: Fr Tim Wozniak at 651-683-9808 ext. 104
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process.
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
- Do you have a friend or relative who is searching for a faith home?
- Are you a Catholic who needs to complete initiation through Confirmation and/or 1st Eucharist?
- Do you have a child or children who were never baptized?
- Do you have a child who was baptized in another faith tradition, but want to live as a Catholic Christian?
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (and adapted for children) is the way that the Catholic Church welcomes people into the Church. Click on “Faith Formation” and scroll down to RCIA (Becoming Catholic) to begin a process of inquiring as to whether you would like to begin a journey towards full initiation into the Catholic Church.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA is the process whereby adults and children over the age of seven become Catholics. It is a process in which conversion of the heart brings a person to Jesus Christ through scripture, learning, discussion, prayer, and community.
The RCIA is for:
- Unbaptized adults and children over the age of seven who are considering entrance into the Catholic Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
- Adults and children over the age of seven who were baptized in another tradition and are considering becoming a Catholic
- Adults who were baptized Catholic but did not complete their initiation through Confirmation and/or First Eucharist
CONTACT: Jackie Graham at 651-683-9808 ext. 110.
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