What a beautiful choice you have made! To have your child baptized is to take a key step in nurturing the best in your child for a truly joy-filled and meaningful life. We are excited to welcome your child into the Catholic Faith and will do whatever we can to support you along the way.
Here you will find some Frequently Asked Questions about baptism at Most Sacred Heart. For more information, or to begin the process, please contact the Parish Secretary at 636-938-5048. We will help you schedule your baptism date and sign you up for one of our preparation classes.
Again, CONGRATULATIONS! May God bless you on this beautiful and important journey!
Anyone who is at all interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church will be warmly welcomed by all of us at Sacred Heart. Our Parish is a family as is the whole Catholic Church. We’d love to share the warmth and stability of the Church with anyone who is searching for the Truth.
If you know someone interested in joining the Church, please refer them to the Pastor. Sacramental preparation ordinarily takes place in the modern catechumenate process where unbaptized adults are properly prepared by religious instruction and spiritual formation to receive the Sacraments of Initiation and take their place in the membership of the Church. Members of the parish pastoral staff and their parishioner volunteers help to sponsor candidates for preparation for the Sacraments.
Unlike former private instructions, the catechumenate process seeks to acquaint the candidate with the parish community. Adults who have been baptized in another Christian tradition and are discerning the decision to come into full communion in the Catholic church also benefit from this model of religious instruction and formation.
Unlike the practice of Infant Baptism, Adult Christian Initiation celebrates all three Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at once, usually at the Easter Vigil celebration. Inquiry sessions usually begin in late August or early September. Please contact Father Kempf for information.
Reception of Holy Communion is regulated by, among other considerations, this 1986 statement from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops "Guidelines for Receiving Communion":
- For Catholics Catholics fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when they receive Holy Communion in fulfillment of Christ's command to eat His Body and drink His Blood. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, communicants should not be conscious of grave sin, have fasted for an hour, and seek to live in charity and love with their neighbors. Persons conscious of grave sin must first be reconciled with God and the Church through the sacrament of Penance. A frequent reception of the sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
- For Other Christians We welcome to the celebration of the Eucharist those Christians who are not fully united with us. It is a consequence of the sad divisions in christianity that we cannot extend to them a general invitation to receive Communion. Catholics believe that the Eucharist is an action of the celebrating community signifying a oneness in faith, life and worship of the community. Reception of the Eucharist by Christians not fully united with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist, and for which we must all pray.
- For Those Not Receiving Communion Those not receiving sacramental communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.
- We also welcome to any celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus. While we cannot extend to them an invitation to receive Communion, we do invite them to be united with us in prayer.
Ordinarily speaking, Catholics may receive Holy Communion any time they attend Mass, even if it is more than once a day. This is a change in Church law from previous practices.
Likewise, Catholics should not receive Holy Communion in a non-Catholic church. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact Father Kempf.
Those not registered in SHS or PSR for the entire Communion Class will receive private instructions and can make arrangements to receive First Holy Communion individually at the time and date of their choice. [panel title="COMMUNION CALLS"] Those who are unable to attend Mass at Sacred Heart can arrange to have Holy Communion brought to them in their homes. Please call the rectory.
Catholics are obliged to receive Holy Communion once a year during the Easter Season.
The Lord gave us Confession as a means of being cleansed of our sins. The Sacrament of Penance (Confession or the Sacrament of Reconciliation) is routinely scheduled on Saturday afternoons from 4-4:45. Our confessionals provide for confession on a face-to-face basis or, if you prefer, from behind a screen if you wish to remain anonymous. Catholics are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Penance regularly, at least during Lent and in preparation for Christmas. By Church Law, those conscious of serious sin must confess as soon as possible and may not receive our Lord in Holy Communion until they have received absolution sacramentally. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact Fr. Kempf.
In Advent and Lent, the parish offers Penance Services in Church so that greater numbers of penitents can be accommodated. Several priests are available at these times. Check the bulletin for times and dates.
The children of Sacred Heart are prepared to make their first Confession in Second Grade, either in Sacred Heart School or in the Parish School of Religion. First Confession is usually held before Advent.
Those not enrolled in SHS or the PSR for the first Confession program will receive private instructions and can arrange to make their first Confession at a time and on a date of their choosing.
Since Catholics are obliged to receive Holy Communion once a year during the Easter season, those in the state of mortal sin must go to confession in order to make their Easter duty.
Confirmation, along with Baptism and Holy Communion, is one of the Sacraments of Initiation. Confirmation is the Sacrament by which we receive the Holy Spirit in a special way.
Children: The Children of Sacred Heart Parish are confirmed in the 8th grade soon after Easter. The date is determined in conjunction with the Chancery Office on the basis of availability of the Bishops of the Archdiocese.
The Confirmation program extends the two years of 7th and 8th grade. Seventh grade serves as a time to review the fundamental beliefs and practices, morals and teachings of the Catholic Church. Eighth grade provides an opportunity to put the Faith into practice by 1.) becoming more familiar with ways in which the Church needs the active involvement of all of its members and 2.) actually providing opportunities for "hands on" practice of the Faith in prayer and charity.
Adults: Those adults who have not yet been confirmed can arrange to be confirmed by contacting the rectory. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the usual "make-up" date for Confirmation is Pentecost Sunday at the St. Louis Cathedral. At Easter time a notice will appear in the bulletin reminding those who have not yet been Confirmed to contact the Parish Office.
Those who are becoming Catholic as adults have the option of being confirmed at the Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday or receiving the Sacrament at the time of their adult baptism or Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church.
Those who have already passed may not be anointed. However, the priest may still be called to pray over the one who has died and to bring comfort and consolation to family and friends.
Call the rectory any time of the day or night in an emergency situation. If no one answers the phone at Sacred Heart please call Sacred Heart Parish in Valley Park (225-5268), St. Bridget in Pacific (271-3993), Our Lady Queen of Peace in House Springs (671-3062) or St. Alban in Glencoe (458-2977).