St. Therese Catholic Church

Sacraments

 

Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. 

At St. Therese, any parents, or expectant parents, who are planning to have their child baptized need to attend one of the Pre-Baptism classes held each month. The session lasts one evening and examines the current theology of baptism and explores the rich symbolism inherent in the baptismal liturgy.

Contact Person: Liz Lammers, 952-261-0563


Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others. Reconciliation is available every Saturday at 4:00 pm.

The community of St. Therese invites families with children entering the second grade or older to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

First Reconciliation Schedule (Home-based curriculum)

  • Parent Orientation: September
  • Parent & Child Retreat: November
  • Celebration of Reconcilation: December

Contact Person: Liz Lammers 952-261-0563


Sacrament of Eucharist

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

Communion for the home bound:  Call the Parish office at 952-473-4422

First Eucharist Schedule (Home-based curriculum)

  • Parent Orientation: February
  • Parent & Child Retreat: March
  • Rehearsal: April
  • First Eucharist Celebrations: During all Masses on one weekend in April

Contact Person: Liz Lammers 952-261-0563


Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Church of St. Therese seeks to prepare the young person with sound Catholic doctrine and the development of their relationship with Jesus Christ. The Senior High Confirmation process is a one year program--starting in September and culminating with receiving the sacrament of Confirmation in May or June of the same school year. Registration is open to youth in Grades 9-12.

Contact Person: Angie Wilz, 952-261-0564


Sacrament of Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. Marriage is a sacred covenant and lifelong commitment between a man and woman. It is rooted in God, faith and community. 

Couples wishing to get married should be registered members of St. Therese for one year prior to the wedding date. The actual marriage preparation begins a minimum of six months before they are married. 

Contact Person: Geri Korman, 952-473-4422.


Sacrament of Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

St Therese Church gladly welcomes and supports all of those called to religious life or vocations. Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders -- as a deacon, priest or bishop -- are consecrated in Christ's name "to feed the Church by the word and grace of God." There are opportunities for religious commitments regardless of age or marital status.

Contact Person: Father Andrie, 952-261-0579


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Sacrament of Anointing the Sick

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

In this sacrament the priest anoints the forehead and palms of hands with oil that has been blessed by the bishop. The oil symbolizes and invites healing prayer for strength and hope and a greater awareness of God’s love.  The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is celebrated individually, or as a community during a liturgy.

Contact Person: Fr Andrie, 952-473-4422


RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA is a process during which persons who wish to join the Catholic Church study with the RCIA team, their sponsors and the members of the St Therese Parish. Our pastor and the archdiocesan bishop also take part in the journey. When the individual and the RCIA team determines their readiness for initiation into the Catholic Church, they will receive the sacraments of Baptism, and/or Confirmation, and/or Eucharist. 

Contact Person: Liz Lammers, 952-261-0563