SACRAMENTS

Below are a list of sacraments and other services that we offer as a church. Hover over each picture to reveal more details.

BAPTISM

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first sacrament that a person celebrates and the first of three sacraments referred to as "the Sacraments of Initiation." It is the basis of Christian life and makes us members of the Body of Christ. Parents who would like their child baptized should contact the church office to arrange for a meeting. Baptism requires the pouring of water and the pronouncement of the words "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." This is done by the priest or the deacon of the parish.

Infant Baptism: If you would like to schedule a Baptism for your child, please contact the parish office at (585) 325-3893. Adult Baptism: The Church provides a special process called Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) for anyone, seven years old or older, who wishes to be baptized Catholic. The R.C.I.A. is also for anyone who was baptized Catholic but not raised in the faith and who did not celebrate the sacraments of Eucharist/Communion or Confirmation, or for a person who was raised in a different faith and is considering becoming a Catholic. See RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation

Adults who want to explore the catholic faith are encouraged to take classes to start their faith journey in a supportive atmosphere. Candidates will have the opportunity to be baptized, receive communion, and receive confirmation.

EUCHARIST

(HOLY COMMUNION)

The Sacrament of Eucharist (Holy Communion) is the second sacraments of initiation that make a person a full member of the Catholic Church. (The other two are Baptism and Confirmation.) The Eucharist is the heart of the church and is the central expression of our faith. We Catholics believe that in the Eucharist, bread and wine are changed by God into the Body and Blood of Christ. Following Jesus’ instruction at the Last Supper to "do this in memory of Me. " Catholics gather together, weekly, around the altar to be nourished and strengthened with God’s Word and with the Body and Blood of Christ. Immaculate Conception provides preparation for children and adults who would like to share Holy Communion for the first time. All candidates must have received their First Reconciliation prior to making their First Communion. First Holy Communion is celebrated in the spring.

RECONCILIATION

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Confession or Penance) expresses God’s desire to be in a “Holy Communion” with His people. It celebrates the presence of God in areas of our lives that need conversion. Individual confession with a priest is the principal means of absolution and reconciliation of grave sins within the Church. Reconciliation heals our sins and repairs our relationships. In reconciling us to God, it is a great source of grace, and Catholics are encouraged to take advantage of it often. You may request confession by contacting the church office at (585) 325-3893. During Lent & Advent, there are increased opportunities for Reconciliation.

CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation is the final of the three sacraments of initiation through which a person becomes a full member of the Catholic Church (the other two are Baptism and Eucharist/Communion). Confirmation completes the sacramental grace of Baptism. It is a celebration of the presence of the Holy Spirit with us, and a confirming of the spiritual gifts given to us at baptism. At the same time, the celebration of confirmation leads us to Eucharist as the way to live out being a fully initiated Catholic. Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation must already be baptized and have received the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation. Confirmation usually takes place at Sacred Heart Cathedral by the Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester.

MARRIAGE

The Sacrament of Matrimony, like all of the sacraments, is a visible expression of God’s ongoing presence in the world and an example of the kind of love God has for each of us. In Christian Marriage, a husband and wife form a covenant of committed, unconditional and caring love and they invite Christ to be a partner with them in that covenant. Call the church office (585) 325-3893 at least 6 months before you plan to be married. You will need to complete Pre-Cana, and meet with the priest or deacon. Also see wedding music planning.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a sign of Christ’s healing presence in the world. Anyone, regardless of age, whose health is seriously impaired or threatened, may be anointed. Contrary to the experience of many older Catholics, this sacrament is not only for those in immediate danger of death, but for anyone preparing for surgery, undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, or otherwise in need of this healing touch of Christ. This sacrament, the Anointing of the Sick, makes present the healing, restoring power of Jesus at a time when we are at our lowest and most vulnerable. We are reminded that, whatever we face, Jesus walks with us and with those we love. Priests anoint the homebound and those in the hospital or nursing homes throughout the year. Please make arrangements by contacting the Parish Office at (585)-325-3893.

HOLY ORDERS

The Sacrament of Holy Orders, which includes the Diaconate and priesthood, establishes individuals who serve the community of all Christ's faithful by teaching, worship, and pastoral governance. Diocesan information about the Diaconate can be found at the Diocesan website.

OTHER SERVICES

CATECHISM

For those who were not raised Catholic and want to join the Catholic church, you are welcomed to join us for classes.

FUNERALS

In a solemn time in the lives of many, we are committed to providing high quality services to families and friends in honor of loved ones who have passed. Hover over the picture for more details on funeral services.

ABOUT US

We are a faith based Catholic community grounded in the African-American tradition. We welcome all people in their journey with God, questioning Him or not. We are blessed by your presence and look forward to fellowship.

ADDRESS

445 Frederick Douglass Street Rochester, New York 14608 

(585) 325-3893

 

rimmacul@dor.org

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