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.
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.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered a half hour before Masses or at anytime by appointment. (Click here for exact times.) During the seasons of Advent and Lent, extra opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation are offered. Please check weekly bulletin, mailings, website and postings for updated times.
If you wish to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at a different time, simply call the Church office at 610-266-0695 to schedule a time with our priest.
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.
The Roman Catholic Church views confirmation as a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ. It confers the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord) upon the recipient.
For more information, visit our page on Confirmation.
Sacrament of Marriage
Congratulations on your engagement!
Please contact the parish at least 6 months prior to the proposed marriage date. We will be happy to help all parishioners as they prepare for their special day united in love before God.
If you were married civilly or outside the Catholic Church, we would be happy to help you have your marriage blessed by the Catholic Faith. Please contact Father Stan at 610-266-0695.
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 temporal 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 at 610-266-0695; there may have been a mix up in the paperwork. In the case of an emergency, please contact the Church at 610-266-0695.
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 Stan Moczydlowski, or visit the Allentown Diocese's webpage on vocations, https://www.allentowndiocese.org/vocations. More information can be found at the following website: Roman Catholic Vocations.
Prayer for Openness to God's Call
Lord Jesus, once You called the first disciples in order to make them fishers of men. Continue to let resound today Your sweet invitation:
"Come and follow Me."
Grant to young men and women the grace of responding promptly to Your voice. Sustain our bishops, priests, and consecrated souls in their apostolic work. Give perseverance to our seminarians and to all those who are fulfilling the ideal of a life of total consecration to Your service.
Enkindle in our communities a missionary zeal. Send, Lord, workers into Your fields and do not let mankind be lost because of a lack of pastors, missionaries, and people dedicated to the cause of the Gospel.
Mary, Mother of the Church, model of vocations, help us say "yes" to the Lord who calls us to collaborate in the divine design of salvation. Amen
Pope John Paul II