At baptism, we celebrate our acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and our formal entry into Christ's Church. Baptism may be conferred at any age, although the consent of parents/guardians must be made available for those too young to consent for themselves.
One's Baptism and initiation into the Christian Church is deepened and perfected in the reception of Confirmation, also known as Chrismation in the Christian East. Following practices received from the Early Church - as well as the practice to this day of our sisters and brothers in the Eastern Churches, one will typically receive Confirmation/Chrismation at the time they are baptized. However, this rite is conferred separately upon the reception of those previously baptized outside of this community.
When we celebrate Holy Communion, we follow Our Lord's command of breaking bread and sharing wine that he gave to his first disciples at the Last Supper. As Catholic Christians, when we receive these gifts, we believe that we are receiving not only human food, but the real presence of Jesus Christ into our lives, to nourish and keep us on the paths God has laid before us. All are welcome to receive Holy Communion at our Liturgies.
At Saint Rita's, we typically use grape juice instead of wine out of respect to our sisters and brothers who may have alcohol sensitivities, although if this varies it will be made known. For any questions or concerns, please talk to the Pastor.
At Saint Rita's, we believe that the grace we receive in all of the sacraments is beneficial for Christ's church. Bearing this in mind, it is the practice of this Christian community to publicly celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as confession) publicly during the Liturgy each week. At the conclusion of the penitential rite at the beginning of Liturgy, general absolution and forgiveness of all sins is pronounced for all present.
Although not required, the occasional celebration of private confession can be made available - and is recommended, particularly during the penitential season of Lent. To arrange a time, speak with the priest.
The sacrament of Holy Matrimony is a lifelong covenant between two people. At Saint Rita's, our clergy are happy to witness the sacrament for any couple, regardless of background, race, sexual orientation, financial or economic situation, or any other circumstance which does not affect the healthy relationship of the couple. For more information, please contact the Pastor.
Anointing of the Sick
At Saint Rita's, we acknowledge that not all pain is physical and visible "on the outside". As a result, we offer this sacrament to any who may wish to receive it. Anointing of the Sick may be received either during a regular weekly Liturgy, or in a private setting. For more information, contact the Pastor.