Sacraments at Our Lady of Charity Parish Sacraments are a living encounter with Jesus. They bring us closer to Jesus Christ and his mission. If you are seeking to receive a Sacrament at Our Lady of Charity Parish please note that we want to help you in that encounter. Here are some sacramental guidelines to help you:
Sacrament of Baptism: Congratulations on expecting your child! Before your child’s Baptism, parents are expected to attend a Pre-Baptismal instruction class held on the second Sunday of the month following the 10:00 a.m. Mass at the St. Ambrose Worship Site. Attendance at such a program is necessary before any infant’s Baptism can be scheduled. Please call the Rectory to reserve a space. Baptisms are usually celebrated at 12:45 p.m. on the 1st Sunday of the month at our Holy Family Worship Site and the 3rd Sunday of the month at our St. Ambrose Worship Site. Baptisms must be scheduled in advance.
Sacrament of Marriage: Warmest congratulations on your engagement! As a couple seeking a Catholic marriage, you should meet with the priest at least six months in advance of your marriage to make your arrangements and to set the date. Attendance at a marriage preparation program (Pre-Cana) is required.
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick: If you or a family member are anticipating surgery or a stay in the hospital, or are nearing the end of life’s journey, and wish to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the Rectory.
The USCCB states "Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)"
RCIA is the pathway through which Adults and older children enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. These new Catholics have completed a journey that may have lasted several years to several months.
Here at Our Lady of Charity we welcome any one who has questions about our faith to join us first for Mass and then, if you wish to seek more information through conversation with our members, our administrator, Fr Bryan Zielenieski or through the RCIA program.
The USCCB has provided some information here.
There are many resources on line for people who are considering making the journey to become Catholic. Here are a few good ones:
The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Diocese of Buffalo both offer insights: USCCB's may be found here.
Resources from Diocese of Buffalo are here.
The Vatican site is a treasure trove of information. This is what they offer on the R.C.I.A journey.
Resources From Other Reputable Sources
This site has some awesome resources for those in the ministry of accompanying and teaching R.C.I.A. candidates.