Baptisms at St. Benedict
English Baptisms at St. Benedict are on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at 11:00 AM; Spanish at 12:00 noon. Certificates will be mailed out the week following the baptism.
Parish Registration: Parents of the child to be baptized should be active, registered members of a Catholic Church for more than 3 months. If not with St. Benedict, we need a letter from their home parish stating they are active registered members in good standing. If they are not registered with any parish, they must register immediately and wait 3 months after date of registration to baptize their baby.
Baptism Class: Before the baptism one parent is required to attend a Baptism Class which is valid for 3 years; no children. Attendance is taken and Baptism paperwork is distributed. We will accept another parish’s Baptism class with proof of attendance. Baptism Class is offered on the 1st Wednesday of each month for 1 hour from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM in in room 5-7. Email email@example.com to register; for Spanish, email Yolanda Reynoso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors: Only one is necessary, two at most. If there are two, then there must be one male and one female. The Catholic Church takes the role of the sponsor very seriously. The sponsor/godparent is expected to give the child a good example of how to live out the Catholic faith, praying for and supporting him or her in their journey of faith. Therefore, the Catholic sponsor needs to meet these qualifications:
- Be a practicing Catholic and a registered member of a parish for at least 3 months. If registered at another parish, they must supply us with a Sponsor Verification letter from their parish.
- Be at least 16 years of age.
- Have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
- If married, must be married in the Catholic Church.
Anyone who is not Catholic may serve as a witness; only a Catholic may serve as a godparent.
First Reconciliation / First Communion
Preparation usually occurs in the 1st and 2nd Grade. If your child is older than 2nd grade, please contact Mary Beth McKenna at email@example.com to discuss options. Preparations for the Sacraments of First Eucharist and First Reconciliation require guiding your child in the practice of the faith. This includes Sunday Mass attendance as well as enrollment and attendance in our Faith Formation and Sacramental preparation sessions. This Sacramental preparation program requires two years of instruction. For more info, click here.
Other Sacramental Prep
Children, 3rd through 8th grade, who have received the Sacrament of Baptism but who have not received formal instruction in the Catholic faith and have a desire to receive the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation, please contact the Religious Education office to discuss your family faith formation options. These situations are discussed and evaluated on an individual basis. For more info, click here.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday mornings at 9:30am, and Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm for as long as needed, or by appointment. Reconciliation rooms are at the back of the church. Two times during the year, usually in Advent and Lent the parish community celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a communal service.
The last of the Sacraments of Initiation, is usually given in the 10th grade. At St. Benedict, the Journey to Confirmation is a 3 year program beginning with preparation in the 8th and 9th grades, with Confirmation celebrated in the 10th grade. Two consecutive years of preparation are required in order to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. For all information regarding Confirmation, please click here.
Students in Catholic high schools are required to receive Confirmation in their home parish.
Adults seeking to complete Sacraments-
RCIA-Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Adults seeking to complete their sacraments please click here for our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) program.
Arrangements must be made by contacting one of our priests at least six months to a year prior to the anticipated wedding date to set up an appointment to begin the process. Priest emails & phone numbers can be found under here.
Anointing of the Sick
To schedule the Sacrament of Anointing, please call or email the Front Office at
770-442-5903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For after office hours Sacramental Emergencies, please call the Emergency Sacramental Priest Line at 678-224-8434.