The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. (CCC1113). The purpose of the sacraments is to make people holy, to build up the body of Christ, and to give worship to God. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life. (CCC1210)
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door, which gives access to the other sacraments. (CCC-1213).
Parents wishing to have a child (6 and under) baptized must be registered and active parishioners prior to the date of baptism and are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Class prior to setting a date. Classes are scheduled on the second Saturday of each month. Parents are asked to contact the Parish Secretary 754-1204 ext 302 to schedule a child’s baptism.
The role of a godparent is a significant aspect of the sacrament. Godparents should be chosen for their visible witness to the Catholic faith and the example they will provide to the person being baptized. To qualify as either a godparent, a person must be a practicing Catholic who is at least 16 years of age. He or she must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. For godparents/sponsors who are members of a parish other than OLPH, a letter from their pastor confirming their eligibility to be a godparent/sponsor must be presented.
Adults receive preparation for baptism in our RCIA sessions.
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession, we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. (USCCB)
3:00pm to 4:30pm Saturday Afternoon in the Church or by appointment
Despite the feelings of many Catholics who consider the sacrament of Reconciliation either unnecessary or frightening, the fact remains that few things could be more necessary for our salvation than this humbling sacrament.
A sacrament of Christian initiation. The Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: “Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.” (CCC 1327) Student preparation for First Eucharist begins in the 1st grade and the sacrament is received during the 2nd grade.
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation. The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. (CCC1285)
In the Diocese of Memphis, Confirmation is celebrated during the Easter Season for those in the eighth grade or above. Besides preparation through Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and Religious Education Program, students participate in six additional sessions of particular preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament. Diocesan norms require that preparing for Confirmation be a two-year process. Children who are not attending Catholic schools should be attending our Sunday morning catechesis sessions for two years before Confirmation (usually grades 7-8). The Confirmation year is comprised of additional requirements such as service hours, parent and confirmandi meetings, confirmation sessions and a retreat.
During the course of the year, the candidates for confirmation will be invited first to hear, then to respond with faith to the voice of God who has called us to become his sons and daughters – simply because “he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
Adults who are interested in being confirmed will be prepared within the Rite of Christian Initiation process.
“The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws”. (CCC 1603)
The preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony begins with a meeting with a priest or deacon 6 months before the wedding date.
For information on planning a wedding at OLPH please contact the parish secretary 6 months prior to the wedding date as required by Diocesan Guidelines, at 901-754-1204 ext 302 or email Gretchen Kirk at email@example.com.
Information that you will need when you call Mrs. Kirk:
- What dates are you considering?
- Have you contacted a Presider (priest or deacon to preside at your wedding)?
- Will you celebrate the sacrament within a Mass?
- In what parish are you registered?
For information regarding music for your wedding, please contact Melanie Marcom at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anointing of the Sick
In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from a physical ailment.
Anointing of the Sick is available upon request. Please call the Church at 901-754-1204 ext 325.
Hospitalized parishioners: Please contact the church when you or a loved one is hospitalized to arrange for a pastoral visit. Government regulations prohibit hospitals from informing us when someone is hospitalized.
Some frequently asked questions about the sacrament:
Q: Who should receive the Anointing of the Sick?
A: Anyone who is ill, about to have or has had surgery, the chronically ill, those suffering terminal or other illnesses.
Q: When should the sacrament of the sick be administered?
A: It is not necessary to wait until a person is dying before calling a priest. The Anointing of the Sick “is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death” (CCC 1514).
Q: I have been anointed in the past, and I am ill again. May I be anointed again?
A: If some time has passed and you are experiencing another illness, you may receive the sacrament again.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. (CCC1536). If you are interested in pursuing a vocation to the priesthood, the permanent deaconate, or to Consecrated life, please contact any of our priests or deacons.