Sacrament of Baptism
Baptisms are scheduled during a Mass on Saturday or Sunday, usually on the fourth weekend of the month. Parents who have not yet received pre-baptismal instruction are required to attend a Baptismal Preparation class.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Is open to all the baptized. Private confessions are heard each Saturday at 4:30 PM in the Reconciliation Room near the sacristy of the church and by appointment with pastor. Communal Penance services are held each Advent and Lent.
First Eucharist and First Reconciliation Preparation
Children in grades two or higher will begin preparation for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation AND First Eucharist in the fall. Parents will attend an adult formation session for each sacrament and receive materials to work at home with their children throughout the school year. Children preparing to receive these Sacraments also attend either our weekly Religious Education classes or our monthly Family Catechesis program.
A comprehensive two year program is included in the Middle School program at St. Anne’s. In January of their second year of formation, a parent/candidate session is held to explain the final process with Confirmation celebrated in the fall of that calendar year. In addition to the regular lessons, students are asked to participate in youth group activities designed to build community, participate in Christian Service projects, attend a spring candidate/sponsor session, experience a retreat, and be interviewed by a member of this faith community. All these components teach how to live as a fully initiated Catholic Christian.
This is a six week preparation that will be offered twice a year for those adults who have been baptized and have received First Eucharist in the Catholic Church but for some reason have not been fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Those who meet the requirements in the fall class will be Confirmed on Christ the King Sunday, and those in the spring class will be Confirmed on Pentecost Sunday. Both ceremonies will take place at the Most Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit. If you are interested in completing this process call Marianne Boesch, DRE, for an appointment 248-627-3965 ex. 131 or e-mail: Marianne@churchofstanne.org
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
is the process through which adults are welcomed into the Community as fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. RCIA begins with a time of inquiry into the Catholic faith and practices and moves through stages leading to celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at Easter. Formation involves catechesis on the teachings of Christ, faith, sacraments and practices of the Catholic Church. This is accomplished through regular presentation, discussions, prayer and ritual. Each adult is sponsored throughout this process by another fully initiated Catholic adult. RCIA is for all adults who are considering becoming a Catholic whether not yet baptized or baptized in another Christian tradition. Please contact Marianne Boesch, in the office 248-627-3965, ext. 131.
Sacrament of Matrimony
Marriage Preparation – An opportunity for engaged couples to get to know themselves better and deal with some of the aspects of their future life together. Couples should contact the Pastor at least six months before the marriage. If you are interested call Julie Neal, Worship Coordinator, for an appointment.
Convalidation – A means in the Catholic Church for granting recognition to a marriage that has not been acknowledged according to Cannon Law. If you are Catholic but married outside the Catholic Church, for example in a civil ceremony, or in a church of another religious tradition, consider having your marriage witnessed in the Church and be a part of the Sacramental life. A convalidation may be right for you.
Annulment – A determination by the Diocesan Tribunal of the validity of a previous marriage under Canon Law. It can also be a very healing process. If you wish to attain an annullment, please contact the Pastor.
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Anointing is meant for those Christians whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. Through the anointing, the Church supports the sick in their struggle against physical, mental or emotional illness, continuing Christ’s work of healing.If possible, the sacrament should be requested at the beginning of a serious illness so the person can participate actively and fully. The presence of family members and others from the community highlights this prayer of the church as a healing encounter with the Lord. Anointing may be repeated as dictated by the condition of the person, whether during the same or a different illness.St. Anne Parish also celebrates an Anointing of the Sick at Church once a year in the fall. If you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing, or know of someone who would benefit from it, just call the Parish Office.