SACRAMENTS


Please call the rectory office at 313.831.6659 or 313.831.3352 if there is a need for any sacraments.


MATRIMONY


And God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.” Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of “the wedding-feast of the Lamb. The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . God himself is the author of marriage.

To celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony at any of our Churches, we ask the following:

Be a practicing Catholic registered either at Mother of Divine Mercy or another parish.
Please contact the parish office and speak with the secretary regarding scheduling.
 


BAPTISM

To have your child baptized at Mother of Divine Mercy, we ask the following:

Be a registered parishioner. We ask that you register and attend Mass regularly at our parish. (Certain exceptions are made for out-of-parish families whose family members are parishioners.)
Contact the parish office and make an appointment.
Continue to form this child in the Catholic faith. We ask that you be an active part of our faith community through Mass participation, sacraments, and religious education. The life of faith that begins at Baptism must be continually nurtured and shaped as your child grows.
Make a careful and prayerful selection of Godparents. Choose persons who will be a special, supportive presence in the child’s life and who can help you to nurture the child’s faith and spiritual growth. At least one Godparent must be a practicing Catholic, generally at least 16 years of age, who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The second Godparent, if not another Catholic, must be a baptized and believing Christian.


RECONCILIATION

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer, labors for their conversion.  The Sacrament of Confession is offered at Mother of Divine Mercy Parish before and/or after most Masses.  Please see The Light is On For You for frequently asked questions about the Sacrament of Confession.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself.


CONFIRMATION

The roots of Confirmation are found in Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17:
“Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit.“


ANOINTING OF THE SICK

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick gives grace for the state into which people enter through sickness.

Through the sacrament is given a gift of the Holy Spirit that renews confidence and faith in God and strengthens against temptations to discouragement and anguish at the thought of death and the struggle of death. It thus leads to spiritual healing with forgiveness of sins and, sometimes, to bodily healing as well.


RELIGIOUS ORDERS

“The priestly vocation is a mystery. It is the mystery of a 'wondrous exchange' – admirabile commercium– between God and man. A man offers his humanity to Christ so that Christ may use him as an instrument of salvation, making him, as it were, into another Christ. Unless we grasp the mystery of this “exchange,” we will not understand how it can be that a young man, hearing the words “Follow me!,” can give up everything for Christ in the certainty that if he follows this path, he will find complete personal fulfillment.“
–Pope St. John Paul II, Gift and Mystery

Growth of our Faith depends on vocations. If you think God is calling you to be a priest, visit the Archdiocese of Detroit vocations website at www.detroitpriest.com or contact Fr. Tim Birney, Director of Priestly Vocations by emailing birney.tim@aod.org or calling 313.237.5875.  You may learn more about religious life here and here.