Sacraments

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In Christian tradition, liturgy is understood as the participation of the people of God in “the work of God.” Through the liturgy, Christ continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through his Church. At its best, liturgy engages the faithful in the life of the community and involves the “conscious, active, and fruitful participation” of everyone. 
At Corpus Christi, we seek to keep Jesus and the Lord - the one body of Christ - at the heart of our liturgy by celebrating with Jesus in our daily Eucharists and living his Word from the scriptures.
 

Baptism

Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into the family of the Church. Our effort is to try to make this a “seen” reality as well as a reality of faith.

The parish helps families to prepare for the Baptism of their children. Preparation sessions are organized to give a firm foundation for Godparents and Parents. The parish celebration of Baptism is done with several families as an outward sign of belonging to the community of the People of God.

An infant is Baptized

Procedures:

1. Church directives require some genuine evidence for the hope that children will be raised in the practice of the faith. Therefore, parents are encouraged to register in the parish and show that they intend to be practicing Catholics by attending Mass on Sundays for some time before the Baptism of their child. Baptismal preparation sessions are held on the 3rd and 4th Sunday in service to the parish community. They consist of two meetings, to reflect on our faith, its responsibilities and the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.

2. To request Baptism and register, come to the Parish Office and fill out a registration form. 

Office Hours:

Monday, 8:30am – 5:30pm

Tuesday to Friday, 10:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Eucharist (Holy Communion) 

The Eucharist is the very Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord Jesus. It is the sum and summary of our faith, since in the Eucharist is found Christ himself, offered to us as a pledge of our salvation. The Eucharist is the source of great graces that sanctify the faithful and help us grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ. In sharing in the heavenly banquet feast prepared by Christ, we unite ourselves to disciples throughout the world. 

 At Corpus Christi First Communion is celebrated at our regularly scheduled weekend Masses during the first two weekends in May.  First communicants are part of the Opening Procession and bring up the Offertory Gifts. Children sit with their family in reserved seating and receive Communion as a family.

Confirmation 

Confirmation is the Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and the deepening of baptismal gifts. It perfects our baptism and brings us the graces of the Holy Spirit that were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday. As a sacrament of empowerment, the Sacrament of Confirmation gives us the strength to follow Jesus and to undertake the mission of evangelization. 

 At Corpus Christi, Confirmation is celebrated in the Cathedral with other groups from the Archdiocese of San Francisco. 

Reconciliation 

 As sinners, we recognize our need for God’s love and forgiveness for the times when we have strayed from that love. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the sacrament that brings spiritual healing for Catholics who have distanced themselves from God by committing sins. Through penance, the faithful receive pardon through God’s mercy for the sins they have committed and are reconciled with the entire Church community. 

 The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every day before the noon Mass. On Saturdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 p.m. in the Church or by appointment. First Reconciliation is celebrated in January on a Saturday morning. Parents are encouraged to go to confession at this special service as a support and role model for their child celebrating the sacrament. 

 Anointing of the Sick 

This sacrament, like Reconciliation, is one of healing. When Catholics are very sick, the Church anoints them with oil in a special ritual called the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Christ strengthens them, reminding them that He and the Church are in communion with their suffering. The Holy Spirit shares the blessings of health, trust in God, and strength against temptation. 

 Contact the Parish Office by calling 415-585-2991 

 Marriage 

The Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself completely to his or her spouse. This matrimonial covenant establishes the man and woman in partnership for the whole of life, and is ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring. 

 If you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage at Corpus Christi, please contact us at 415-585-2991

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