Anointing of the Sick
The anointing of the Sick (formerly known as Last Rites) is the Sacrament that is administered to the sick and those facing death. It is also done before surgery or diagnostic procedure. Persons whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or age should be anointed. Any parishioner in need of the Sacrament of Anointing may contact the parish office to request this special blessing from a priest.
It is important to let the hospital or nursing home know that you are a practicing Catholic and wish to have the Priest and Extraordinary Minister visit.
Sacrament of Baptism
Presenting a child to receive this sacrament is a serious obligation and requires a faith commitment by being registered, practicing Catholics. At least one godparent must also be a practicing Catholic. Parents seeking baptism for their child should call the Church office to schedule an appointment to obtain all necessary instruction and paperwork.
Children ages seven and older, who are in need of baptism, must enroll in the RCIC program.
Sacrament of First Reconciliation/Holy Communion
To be eligible to receive this sacrament, children must have been baptized, be in at least 2nd grade and have completed two full years of religious instruction in a Religious Education Program, with good attendance. Reconciliation takes place in January and First Holy Communion takes place in May.
Sacrament of Confirmation
This sacrament confers the Holy Spirit to come into the life of the candidate to develop a divine relationship, strengthen the bond with Christ and His Church and help us bear witness to the Christian faith through words and deeds. It imprints a spiritual mark on our soul.
Participants must be in the 8th grade, have already received Baptism and Holy Communion, and have completed 2 years of Religious Education prior to the Confirmation year. A parishioner must be registered in the parish by May of the current year to be eligible for the Confirmation class. Attendance at a Confirmation Retreat is required, as well as 20 hours of community service.
Sacrament of Marriage
Congratulations on your engagement. We welcome the opportunity to assist with your preparation for celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage.
Couples should be registered and participating members of the parish. You must contact the Parish Office at least six months prior to the wedding date. The engaged couple is required to meet with a priest, participate in a compatibility questionaire and attend a pre-marital program sponsored by the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
Those seeking information regarding a Blessing of their Marriage or the annulment process should contact the church office.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Reconciliation (also known as Confession) is a Sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in His love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness for offenses committed against God. At the same time, sinners reconcile with the Church and the community, which are also wounded by our sins. In reconciliation, we acknowledge our sins before God and His Church, make reparation for what we have done, and resolve to do better in the future.
Our Lady of Fatima Church celebrates the Rite of Reconciliation every Saturday at 2:30PM to 3:30PM. During Advent, the Parish Mission and the Lenten Season there are additional Reconciliation times scheduled to provide adequate opportunity to receive this sacrament.