For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Eucharist: (First Holy Communion)
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we are also nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it, we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; and as a result, we are called to forgive others.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the final step to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church. It completes what was started at Baptism and Holy Eucharist.It is not the end to a process, but the beginning of life as a full member of the community. It is an important step, and requires great commitment from the candidate and those chosen to be sponsors.
TEENS: This Sacrament, especially when recieved by mature teens, indicates a commitment to follow the Baptismal call to "go and preach the Gospel." This year (2016-2017), we will be using two or more programs in combination that are recommended by the Diocese of Tucson. They are "Decision Point Confirmation Program by Dynamic Catholic" and "Confirmed in Faith by St. Mary's Press." Cathedral Confirmation classes for teens are held on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7:30pm in the parish conference room. View the Parish Calendar for Teen Confirmation Scheduling.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to another person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also of God’s values. Wedding Guidelines
Adult Sacraments and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults which includes unbaptized and baptized Christians seeking to enter the Catholic faith or complete the Sacraments of Initiation. The RCIA team looks forward to helping you with your journey with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. More on RCIA