Christ instituted the seven sacraments. They are: baptism, confirmation, eucharist, reconcilliation, anointing of the sick, matrimony, and holy orders. Sacraments are signs of Christ. Contact the parish office for more information on receiving the sacraments.
In baptism, God's saving grace, His very presence, enters into the human soul. The essential rite of baptism is very simple. The person celebrating the sacrament (usually a priest) says 'I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit' while pouring water over the head of the person receiving the sacrament or dipping the person in water. For Catholics, baptism is the sacrament of salvation and the door to all other sacraments.
Confirmation provides a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which helps the confirmed Catholic witness to Christ and lead a mature Christian life. The rite of confirmation, usually performed by a bishop, involves the anointing with chrism (holy oil), the laying on of hands, and the words 'Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.'
Those who partake in the Eucharist receive the real Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ in what appears to be bread and wine. During Mass, regular bread and wine are consecrated by the priest, through God's power, when he repeats Jesus's words, 'This is My Body' and 'This is the chalice of My Blood.'
In reconciliation, which is also called 'confession' or 'penance,' a Catholic confesses his or her sins to a priest in the spirit of true repentance and receives forgiveness. The priest acts as a visible representative of Christ, who forgives sins through Him, when he says the words of absolution: 'I absolve you of your sins in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.'
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Anointing of the sick offers the comfort of God's grace to those who are ill. The sacrament provides spiritual and sometimes physical healing, according to God's will, but also allows the sick person to join his or her sufferings to Christ and prepare for death. The essential rite of this sacrament involves anointing with the oil of the sick and prayer.
Marriage, or matrimony, joins a man and a woman together in a life-long covenant of self-giving love. The two spouses give their consent to join together in marriage as the Church defines it. God gives special grace to the couple that they may live out their vow.
Notify the parish eight months prior to the wedding. Be advised that for Catholic weddings, one must provide Baptismal certificates, proof of parish registration and membership and requires participation in the prenuptial classes.
In holy orders, men are ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons through a bishop's laying on of hands and prayer. These men are given the grace to live out their lives in service to the Church and to God's people.
Is God calling you to the priesthood? Contact the Archdiocesan vocation office. For interest in the Augustinian religious life, connect on Facebook at the Society of St. Augustine (Augustinians of Kansas).
Want to know more about the sacraments? Contact the parish office about the next RCIA class. RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and is a great opportunity to inquire and ponder the answers.
Coordinator: Sr. Mary Michael MacChesney
When: Thursday evenings at 7pm
Where: Casa Santa Rita Building at 708 North 4th St, Kansas City, KS
Prior to the start of RCIA class please contact the parish office to receive and an application form and to confirm your start date.
If you have any questions or would like to join any of the ministries, please contact our parish office.
Altar Servers, Lectors
Altar Servers assist the priest in the celebration of the mass. Lectors assist in the worship of the community by reading the First Reading, the Psalm (when it is not sung), Second Reading and may do the Prayers of the Faithful.
In devotion to the Eucharist and to provide financial support to Holy Family, the Altar Society, hosts the Father's Day breakfast, Bingo Dinners, the Slovenefest Dinner and Povitica sales. They also contribute to the Father Mejak Scholarship fund and other charities as the Lord leads. Starting in September 2013, the Altar Society will say the rosary half hour before mass begins on the first Sunday of each month.
Holy Name Society
In honor of the Holy Name of Jesus, the Holy Name Society meets four times a year and hosts the Mother's Day breakfast and the Valentine's Day Dance. They contribute to the Father Mejak Scholarship Fund and assist with the Slovenefest setup playground, games, booths, tables chairs and tents. The Holy Name Society is dedicated to the spiritual formation of its members.
Care of Church
Sacristy, Cleaning, Altar Linens & Decorating
Care of church includes preparation of the altar, ordering supplies, floral arranging, steam pressing linens and washing of altar and Eucharist cloths; and seasonal decorations. This service is a way to express love of God and parish. It is a blessing to serve the for the greater glory of God.
The Financial Council Administers the church's budget, expenses and monitors the income to ensure ongoing financial stability.
The Grounds Keepers give back to the community and keep the church beautiful by planting, mulching, cutting grass in the summer, and shoveling snow in the winter with the benefit of a donated snow blower.
Listen to pastors and parishioners, learn the history and record it. The history serves to help us remember our roots and treasure what we have been given.
The Parish Council works together with Fr. Jaramillo in administering the business of the parish.
Pastoral Care of the Sick or Homebound
Parishioners are commissioned as Extra-ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and visit parishioners who are sick, homebound or not able to attend weekly Eucharistic services. In addition to the Holy Eucharist, ministers lead the parishioner in prayer, lend a sympathetic ear and give encouragement.
At the Slovenefest (in September) we annually celebrate our roots as a Slovenian parish. There are many ministries involved in the Slovenefest. Some are listed here: requesting Donations and Contributions to cover the costs and purchase items, the Silent Auction, the Slovenian dinner, Raffles, Music, Games Setup/Cleanup and much, much more. KSKJ, the Slovenian Lodge has a Mega Raffle for the Slovenefest with a first prize of $2500.
The Social Concerns ministry currently raises money to support the homeless shelter in response to Jesus' call to care for the poor. As the organization grows we hope to expand to other concerns. We are looking for people with ideas and a heart to act on that idea and/or lead a team for that concern.
The Social Club contributes to the fellowship of the church and supports Holy Family financially by hosting: T-Bone Baseball Ticket Raffle, and various ways through the Slovenefest. Club Christmas Party for members of the social club. Fund raisers to divert any costs for the social club and cover any repairs for the facility. We have a fundraiser dance and music is provided by Don Lipovack Orchestra.
The Ushers care for the community by being responsible for the safety of the parishioners getting to and from the pews or down the stairs outside; any needs they may have for water, or any assistance they may need with special concern for their comfort. The Ushers also collect the community's offering. If you are coming to a particular mass and are interested in contributing your time please join us. Being an Usher gives you an opportunity to serve God and His people and enjoy a sense of accomplishment providing this important service.