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Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments, and the "door" which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the "sacraments of initiation" by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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The sacrament of baptism is celebrated on Sundays following the last Mass or by appointment. Parents must attend preparation classes and Godparents must be practicing their faith in order to undertake this role. Please call the parish office to make arrangements.
Confirmation is one of the ensemble of the Sacraments of Initiation into the Church, together with Baptism and Eucharist. Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or "confirm" the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church.
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The sacrament of confirmation is celebrated in the 10th grade and begins preparation in the 9th grade. Candidates must be baptized, have already received Eucharist and Reconciliation, and be enrolled in the Youth Faith Formation program at least one year prior to beginning the preparation in the 9th grade. Please contact the Coordinator of Faith Formation at Holy Trinity Parish 410.766.5070 ext. 18 to begin preparation for this sacrament.
Adults who have not been confirmed are encouraged to speak with the pastor about taking part in adult preparation sessions to prepare them to receive this important sacrament.
The Eucharist is the very sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until his return in glory. Thus he entrusted to his Church this memorial of his death and Resurrection. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of the Church's life.
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This sacrament is normally received for the first time in the 2nd grade, following Baptism and Reconciliation. In order to receive this sacrament children must be enrolled in the Elementary Faith Formation program for two years prior to beginning the preparation classes. Please contact the Coordinator of Elementary Faith Formation @ 410.766.5070 ext. 20 to make arrangements for your child to begin preparations for this sacrament.
Penance and Reconciliation
The sacramental celebration in which, through God's mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ's Body.
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Confessions are heard each Saturday from 3:15-4:15pm and by appointment.
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Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of healing administered by a priest to a baptized person who begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age. The sacrament is celebrated through prayer and the anointing of the body with the oil of the sick. The proper effects of the sacrament include a special grace of healing and comfort to the Christian who is suffering the infirmities of serious illness or old age, and the forgiving of the person's sins.
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Parishioners scheduled for surgery are encouraged to contact the parish office prior to hospital admission and always in cases of emergency.
The Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry by which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church through the laying on of hands and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This sacrament has three distinct degrees or "orders": deacon, priest, and bishop.
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Want to learn more about the priesthood? Do you think God might be calling to serve Him as a priest? Choose these links for some helpful information:
Archdiocese of Baltimore Vocation Office
Do you think God might be calling you to serve as a permanent deacon? Click here to get more information.
A covenant or communion of life and love established between a baptized man and woman. The sacrament of marriage is ordered by God to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children.
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Couples should contact the pastor before setting a date for their wedding in order to ensure church availability. Participation in an Archdiocesan approved marriage preparation program is required and couples are encouraged to contact the parish office 12 months prior to their wedding date.