Sacramental Preparation

The seven Sacraments were instituted directly by Christ and are administered by the Church. The exact form used to apply a given sacrament can vary somewhat but the basics always remain the same. The Seven Sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist also referred to as communion, Reconciliation also known as confession, Marriage, Holy Orders (ordination to the priesthood or deaconate), and Annointing of the Sick (formerly called Extreme Unction or the Last Rites).

In order to receive any of these sacraments it is ordinarily required that a person go through some period of preparation in order to insure the person understands the meaning of the sacrament, and to help them make a sound decision whether or not to receive the sacrament(s).

Baptism

Parents of children under the age of 7 are invited to participate in Baptism Preparation. Infant Baptism is normally celebrated during the Mass to welcome children into our faith community.

Our ministry shepherds families through the preparation process. It is sacramental preparation, but also a ministry of welcoming and being responsive to the needs of the family as they more deeply connect with the Newman community.

Registered parishioners who wish to be godparents or sponsors and need a letter of eligibility should contact the pastor.

first Reconciliation and holy communion

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our lives as Catholics. Therefore, before preparing to receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, children must first come to know and love Him at an age appropriate level.  Children preparing for First Holy Communion must complete one full year of religious education, be actively attending Mass, and participating in their second consecutive year of religious education before receiving their First Communion. Prior to First Communion, children are make their First Reconciliation.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacrament by which the gifts of the Holy Spirit, first given in Baptism, are strengthened. Like Baptism and the Eucharist, it is a sacrament of initiation into the Church and of faith in God’s unending fidelity to us. Sacramental preparation for Confirmation is usually a two-year program in our Newman Youth Ministry.

College/Adult: Any college student or adult who is seeking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation may do so at Newman during the academic year.

High School: Confirmation for high school students is a two-year preparation process. Students participate in Newman Youth Ministry, perform acts of service, attend four required retreats and train to serve as liturgical ministers in order to participate more fully in the Mass.

Marriage Preparation

Marriage celebrates the love of a couple who enter into a covenant with God and with one another. As a Catholic parish, Newman offers marriage preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament and to deepen their readiness for married life. Preparation usually begins eight months before the wedding. Please contact pastor@uncnewman.org to begin the marriage preparation process.

Holy Orders

We are all called to discern our vocation. To learn about the priesthood or religious life, visit www.franciscans.org or www.raleighvocations.org.

Anointing of the Sick

Through this sacrament, we pray for healing. It is appropriate to seek this sacrament for any serious illness, whether physical or mental. Contact the pastor@uncnewman.org.