Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church recognizes the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord. They are the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist), the Sacraments of Healing (Penance and the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacraments of Service (Marriage and Holy Orders). Through the Sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier.
Baptism is the first sacrament welcoming an individual into the faith community of the Catholic Church. St. Elizabeth shares in the joy when a new child is baptized. Click here for infant baptisms. St. Elizabeth also welcomes adults and older children into our Catholic faith through the RCIA process. Please contact our Director of Religious Ed, Mrs. Mary Spieker, for more information.
Reconciliation and Penance (previously called Confession)
Jesus instituted the sacrament of Reconciliation to allow the faithful to confess their sins to Him (through the priest), receive a Penance, and obtain forgiveness and absolution for their sins. Thus, we are Reconciled with God and receive extra grace to avoid sin. Over the years this Sacrament has been referred to as Confession, Penance, and Reconciliation.
For more information about the sacrament of reconciliation at St. Elizabeth, please click here.
The Blessed Sacrament, the Body and Blood of Christ are the source of all life. We believe that, under the species of bread and wine, Christ is truly present. At the Last Supper, before he died, Jesus instituted the Eucharist, a memorial of his death and resurrection. It is a sacrament bound to the ultimate love God has for us. “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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1327)
Because the Holy Eucharist includes the idea of coming into full Communion with our Lord, the first time an individual receives the Holy Eucharist is referred to as First Holy Communion.
Those who have not received their sacraments as children or have never been baptized will receive their sacraments through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children programs, depending upon their age.
For more information, visit our page on Confirmation.
Sacrament of Marriage
The Sacrament of Matrimony involves two baptized people, one or both of whom are Catholic, becoming husband and wife through a sacred covenant with God and each other.
For more information about celebrating your marriage at Saint Elizabeth, please click here.
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Anointing is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age. A person's sins are forgiven if he or she were not able to go to Confession prior to the Sacrament of the Anointing. When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. It is, however, a reality that our physical existence is temporary and we all will someday experience our final moments on Earth.
If you or your loved one is anticipating surgery or hospitalization please contact the Church prior to your hospital stay to receive the Sacrament of Anointing. The Parish office is in daily contact with the neighboring hospitals to be informed if any of our parishioners have been admitted. However, if your loved one is not visited by a member of St Elizabeth, please inform the Church office; there may have been a mix up in the paperwork. In the case of an emergency, please contact the Church.
For information on Funerals, please click here.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the ordained ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by the prayer of consecration. For those who are feeling a call to enter the priesthood or sisterhood, you are most welcome to speak with our pastor, Father Pendzick. More information can be found at the following website: Roman Catholic Vocations.
Mary Spieker, our Director of Religious Education. firstname.lastname@example.org