Sacraments

Sacraments are Christ’s own gift that provides each of us with grace. Within this definition there are three important statements:

  • A visible sign
    An action is performed by a minister (usually a priest).
    For example, when a baby is baptized in the church the priest pours
    water over its head and at the same time says the words “I baptize
    you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
    That is a visible sign.
  • Instituted by Christ
    The Lord Jesus Christ instructed His church to offer the seven
    sacraments to His followers. For example, His directive to His
    disciples in Matthew’s Gospel, “Go then, to all peoples
    everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name
    of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey
    everything I have commanded you.”
  • To give grace
    Grace is God’s free gift of Himself as the controlling influence in
    our life and the decisions we make once we have committed ourselves
    to Him in faith

Here in the Harvest of Hope, we encourage God’s people to fully practice these sacraments weekly.


Baptism

Through the waters of baptism, we rejoice in God’s newest creation.
Blessed be God, who calls each of us by name.

There is no greater gift to give your child than to be baptized! It is at your child’s baptism they will become a child of God and will become part of the Body of Christ.

If you are not a registered member of our parish, we ask that you complete the registration process prior to the preparation for your child’s baptism. You can complete this process by clicking here.

Here are the main things to consider when preparing for a baptism within the Harvest of Hope:

  • Must be a member at one of the four parishes.
  • Attend a Baptism class (see schedule below).
  • Children are baptized at the weekend liturgies. Baptisms are scheduled by contacting the Parish Office.
  • Your child can either have one male or one female godparent, or one of each. The godparent must be Catholic and older than 16 years of age. They must also have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation whiling leading a life of faith and in good standing with the Catholic Church.

To learn more about baptisms or to schedule one, please contact the Parish Office by phone or email.

For information concerning baptism for children age 7 and older (Becoming Catholic), please contact Toni Hudock at 320.845.5405


Reconciliation

“Loving and forgiving are you, O Lord.” -Psalm 103

We celebrate God’s forgiveness by confessing our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Children in second grade and older are invited to celebrate this sacrament often. If your child needs to receive their First Reconciliation, please contact your Faith Formation Director to register for Faith Formation at one of the parishes. It is in our policies that the student must complete first grade before registering for second grade (sacramental preparation). If you are an adult and would like to make your first confession, please contact Toni Hudock to talk about RCIA (Becoming Catholic). 320.845.5405


Eucharist

“Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you.”

As Catholics, we believe and understand that the Eucharist refers to the Body and blood of Christ present among us through consecration (John 6). This presence of Christ is not just a symbol, He is truly present.

First Communion (Eucharist) is generally received in 2nd grade or older.

Immediate preparation for First Communion includes:

  • participation in a faith formation program in the years prior
  • completion of 1st grade prior to registering for 2nd grade (sacramental year)
  • participation in weekend and holy day Masses
  • parental workshop / retreat
  • parents leading and completing at home materials and lessons

Youth who did not participate in a faith formation program last year and wish to celebrate the sacrament of First Communion should contact their Faith Formation Director.

Students must be enrolled in Faith Formation to receive the Sacrament of First Communion. To register, contact your Faith Formation Director

Adults: Any adult who would like to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist or join RCIA (Becoming Catholic) can contact Toni Hudock at 320.845.5405