In the sacraments of initiation we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ's death, burial and resurrection. We receive the Spirit filial adoption and are part of the entire people of God. Baptism is the first means of entrance to the whole Church who serves as mother of all and mother of each.
For Infants (children age 6 and younger)
- Any parent (or legal guardian) may present their child for baptism in a regular Sunday Mass after submitting a birth certificate and "Request for Sacrament" form to the pastor and attending a preparation session prior to baptism.
For Children (ages 7-17 years)
- Either the parent or child may request the sacrament of baptism after speaking with the pastor and attending a faith formation course (unless part of the rite of christian initiation); the required forms must be submitted.
- Any adult may request baptism through the process of christian initiation. Please speak with the pastor for guidance on the process and required information.
Guidelines for Sponsors:
- must be, at least, a baptized Christian above the age of 14 years old.
- provided to any infant, child or adult who is in danger of death or dying and may be requested by anyone for any reason; please text Fr. John for such requests.
Reception of the Eucharist for the first time is typically undertaken when a child is in the second grade (primary school), but may also be celebrated by those preparing for christian initiation. Those who are in the second-grade must attend our communities faith formation program in preparation for reception.
The sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is offered to all who come seeking God's grace and mercy who are seeking to be in harmony with God and humanity. Through sacramental absolution God comes to us offering renewal, healing and an opportunity for new life. Reconciliation is offered each Sunday prior to Mass and on Tuesdays after scheduled activities by appointment.
All those who are between 14-16 years old may begin preparation for the sacrament of confirmation with a sponsor. Each candidate should be regularly attending Mass, have chosen to be part of the faith community and has already received baptism and first communion.
For adults who desire to become Catholic may prepare for confirmation through the rite of christian initiation; please speak with the pastor for more guidance.
The clergy of Saint Anne are more than glad to witness the celebration of the sacrament of matrimony with couples. As a community on the margins we do not exclude persons from conferring the sacrament with each other.
For consideration of the sacrament both (or at least one) of those petitioning for celebration of matrimony must be a baptized and confirmed Catholic. Each has to be at least 18 years old and not currently married to anyone else. Pre-Marital counseling is provided to each couple in accordance with state provisions to assist in preparing the couple to navigate marriage. Please email the pastor for more information or questions.
If you are discerning or looking to discern a call to holy orders come and join us in the journey of self-discovery with the Advocates of Saint Sebastian. As a catholic community that is pastorally served by the Advocates we would welcome your discernment process and join you in the formation journey.
The Advocates of Saint Sebastian encourages vocations to the permanent diaconate, transitional diaconate and priesthood. Contact us for more information.
Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of the sick is a sacrament of healing in the Catholic faith and used to be know as "Last Rites" or "Extreme Unction", but is intended to be a source of sacramental grace for spiritual healing in the midst of illness, sickness, mental health, end-of-life, and throughout all your living journey. It is a constant source of health and wholeness along with reconciliation and the Eucharist. If you are in need of the sacrament of anointing please text your request to 214-699-8381 with a name, address and return phone number. If not urgent you may submit an online request or come in person for the anointing.
The celebration of the funeral rites may bring consolation to families and offer hope in eternal life. When someone dies the Church intercedes on their behalf and we are ready to assist families in planning the rites and prayers for their loved one. Please speak with the pastor for any funeral planning and schedule coordination.