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Sacraments
sacraments
The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. (CCC 1113)

While we believe that human life is infused with the sacramental goodness of God, the Catholic Church has defined seven sacraments - instituted by and through the life of Jesus Christ. It is through the experience of the sacramental ritual that we are infused with God’s grace. The Sacraments nourish and strengthen us as they express and build up our faith.

Baptism of Infants

Contact: Natasha Papageorge

203-324-4634, olssnatasha@gmail.com

Families must participate in a Baptism Preparation Class. Please call Natasha for information and scheduling.

First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation

For information on Sacrament preparation for children, visit this page.

Marriage Preparation

Contact: Natasha Papageorge

203-324-4634, olssnatasha@gmail.com

Preparation begins at least six months to desired wedding date. Please call Natasha Papageorge for more info.

What’s Required

  • Meeting with Priest
  • Marriage Conference (a full-day of formation, dialogue among the couple, and reflection)
  • Baptismal, First Communion, Confirmation Certificates
  • Permission/dispensation required if either the husband or wife is not Catholic

Additional Considerations:

  • In addition to the preparation requirements listed, in some instances premarital counseling may also be required.
  • If either the husband or wife has been married before:
    • A copy of the death certificate is required if a prior spouse is deceased.

    • If a previous marriage ended in divorce, an annulment is required.

Vocations

Diocese of Bridgeport Vocations

Contact: Fr John Connaughton, Vocation Director, Phone (203) 322-5331, vocations@diobpt.org

St. John Fisher Seminary, 894 Newfield Ave. Stamford, CT 06905

Sacrament Certificates

If you or a family member received the sacrament of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, or Marriage at OLSS and need a certificate of proof, contact Natasha Papageorge at 203-324-4634 or olssnatasha@gmail.com

Sponsor Letters / Certificates

If you have been asked to be a godparent for a Baptism or a sponsor for a Confirmation, you must meet the requirements set forth by the Catholic Church:

1. You must be an active member of our Parish

2. You must be at least 16 years old

3. You must be Confirmed

4. If married, your marriage must be recognized as a sacramental marriage by the Catholic Church (ex. married in a Catholic church)

Anointing of the Sick/Funerals

Contact: Natasha Papageorge

203-324-4634, olssnatasha@gmail.com

After office hours, and in the case of an emergency, call 203-417-3632

Any person who is about to be hospitalized for surgery or diagnostic testing is encouraged to make arrangements to celebrate this sacrament. Also, anyone who has a chronic emotional or physical illness may be anointed every 30 days, unless there is a change in the disease; then the sacrament may be celebrated again, as the changes occur.