SACRAMENTS

When Saint Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians he said that they should consider him (and the other apostles) “servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor 4:1).   When the word mystery was translated from Greek into Latin, it was normally translated as sacramentum; thus the sacraments are the mysteries of Christianity.
A sacrament is what brings the life of God into the life of a human.  As important as faith is (and it is essential), God doesn’t merely want us to believe and trust in Him, rather He wants to live inside of us: “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).  Through faith, hope and love, together with the sacraments, we as Christians not only trust God, but we live in Him and He in us (John 15:1-11, John 6:56, Romans 6:3-4, 2 Cor. 4:10-12, etc.)
Jesus gives his followers 7 sacraments which bring his presence and life into ours, and which draw us into the great mystery of the life of God; these 7 are listed below.

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“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, …”

BAPTISM

As good parents you care for the physical and emotional needs of your child, and as Christian parents you will care for the spiritual needs of your son or daughter by presenting your child for baptism. Baptism is the foundational sacrament of Christian life and for membership in God’s Church. Jesus Christ, while on the cross, gave us baptism from the very waters that poured from his pierced heart, and in this sacrament we see how much God truly loves us. The Sacrament of baptism has profound and eternal effects.
Learn More about Baptism at Risen Christ
Watch Bishop Barron’s video on the importance of Baptism.

“If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.” 1 John 1:19

RECONCILIATION

The sacrament of reconciliation is uniquely and beautifully Catholic. Christ recognized we are both physical and spiritual beings, and He endowed the Apostles with the Holy Spirit in order to hear and forgive sins in ways that satisfy both body and spirit. This authority passed from Jesus to the Apostles, to the bishops and priests of the ages, and to our priests today.
If it has been a long time since you last confessed your sins, we welcome you back to the freedom and renewal that comes from turning away from the thoughts, words, and actions that separate us from God.
At Risen Christ, second graders prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation as part of the Restored Order (Reconciliation first, then Confirmation, then Eucharist).  We offer sacramental preparation programs for 2rd graders, for older youth who have not yet received the sacrament of Reconciliation, and for adults seeking to become Catholic.
Visit our Faith Formation – Youth page to learn about Sacramental Preparation for Children.
Visit our Faith Formation – Adults page to learn about our RCIA program.
Find Risen Christ current confession times
Watch Bishop Barron’s video on Why Confess to a Priest?

“…Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.”

CONFIRMATION

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence, they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” – CCC 1285
In the Rite of Confirmation, the Bishop (or a Priest who represents the Bishop) extends his hands over you and asks the Holy Spirit to come to you with seven special graces, or gifts: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence, and wonder & awe.
At Risen Christ, Confirmation is usually conferred to our third graders as part of the Restored Order (Reconciliation first, then Confirmation, then Eucharist).  We offer sacramental preparation programs for 3rd graders, for older youth who have not yet been confirmed, and for adults seeking to be confirmed.
Visit our Faith Formation – Youth page to learn about Sacramental Preparation for Children.
Visit our Faith Formation – Adults page to learn about our RCIA program.
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Watch Bishop Barron’s video on the sacrament of Confirmation.

“This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die…”

HOLY EUCHARIST

The Eucharist is the most important thing in the entire Christian life because it is Jesus himself.  Many Christians today speak of “having a relationship” with Jesus, and we couldn’t agree more; Jesus loves us so much he actually desires to live physically inside us through this sacrament.  As our Lord says himself:  “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is food indeed and my blood is drink indeed.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him.” (John 6:53-56)
At Risen Christ, Holy Eucharist is usually conferred to our third graders as part of the Restored Order (Reconciliation first, then Confirmation, then Eucharist).  We offer sacramental preparation programs for 3rd graders, for older youth who have not yet received the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, and for adults seeking to become Catholic.
Visit our Faith Formation – Youth page to learn about Sacramental Preparation for Children.
Visit our Faith Formation – Adults page to learn about our RCIA program.
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Watch Bishop Barron’s video on Holy Eucharist

“If I speak in human and angelic tongue but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal…” 1 Corinthians

MARRIAGE

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament. –  CCC 1601
The sacrament of marriage is one that brings great blessings to the couple, to their family and friends, and the Church as a whole. Risen Christ Catholic Parish strives to prepare couples for not only their wedding day, but for a lifetime of grace filled blessings in the relationship that will help lead them to eternal salvation. Please call us at least months in advance.
Visit our Marriage page to find resources for planning your Catholic wedding.
Wedding Planning Resources
Watch Bishop Barron’s video on Marriage

“…pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”

HOLY ORDERS

The priesthood is not a position of power, but of service (Matthew 20:25-28, John 13:2-20).  The modern, secular world tends to view the priesthood from the perspective of politics and power, but Jesus specifically rejects such a view in the Gospels.
Priests carry on the ministry of Jesus through the sacraments and the preaching of the Gospel, they are called to strengthen the people of God so they might be the light of the world.
It is through Holy Orders that “the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry.” (CCC 1536)
If you think God may be calling you to priesthood, contact Fr. Ryan O’Neill in the Archdiocesan Vocations Office.
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“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, …”

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered to the dying as well as to those who are gravely ill or about to undergo a serious operation. This sacrament of mercy and healing offers prayers for the recovery, but its primary intention is to give spiritual strength and calm the soul of the one suffering from illness. Traditionally, this sacrament was referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rites.
Please call the parish office at 303-758-8826 or send an email to parishinfo@risenchristchurch.org if someone is ill or hospitalized and would like to be anointed. If this is an anointing emergency for a parishioner in a local hospital, please have hospital staff contact the spiritual care staff.
Anointing is not to be delayed to the last minute. A person who has been anointed once does not need to be anointed again within the same illness. It is also important for someone who is anointed to be prepared to go to confession when the priest arrives (if they are able). 
Watch a video on Anointing of the Sick by Bishop Barron.

“But thanks be to God who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

FUNERAL PLANNING

One of the hardest things we can experience is losing a loved one. We are sorry for your loss, and we would like to do what we can to help support you during this time.
Through Baptism, Catholics begin their faith journey with the belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life.

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