Sacraments

Sacrament of Baptism —One of the most important things you can do for your children is to bring them up in your Catholic faith. To have your child baptized at St. Basil, we require that you attend a Baptism Preparation class. If this is not your first child and you have already attended a Baptism Preparation class, either here or at another Catholic Church, we do not require that you attend a second one.

We will ask  you for the names of one or two sponsors (godparents). Godparents are Catholic witnesses to you child’s Baptism. If one of the people you would like to have for a godparent is not Catholic, he or she may be what is called a Christian Witness. Godparents must be practicing Catholics who are not the child’s parents and are at least sixteen years old. Christian Witnesses must be Christian.

Baptism Policy

Families wishing to have their child baptized are asked to contact the parish office, 269-637-2404.

Sacrament of Reconciliation – Confession times are Saturday, 4:00-4:30 p.m. or by appointment.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the gift given by Christ to His Church to give us renewed spiritual life, which we can damage or lose through sin.

Sacrament Preparation for First Reconciliation takes place in a child’s second year of sacramental preparation, usually in 2nd grade. Please contact Sylvia Verdonk, our Director of Youth Faith Formation, sverdonk4@yahoo.com

Sacrament of Eucharist –  Preparation for the Sacrament of the Eucharist is designed to draw your child into a fuller and more active participation in the parish community. Through participation in the Mass and the Eucharist, your child becomes one with Christ and the community. This preparation begins in the home through prayer and attendance at Mass for your child to have a true understanding of the Mass and Communion. The Religious Education program includes sacramental preparation, a two-year process, usually concluding in the spring of a child’s 2nd-grade year, at which time First Holy Communion is received. Please contact Sylvia Verdonk, our Director of Youth Faith Formation,

Baptism and First Reconciliation must be made before First Holy Communion can be received. A copy of your child’s baptismal certificate needs to be given to the Youth Faith Formation Director, or dropped off at the parish office if your child was not baptized at St. Basil. Students are expected to attend all class sessions in order to be fully prepared for the sacraments.

The Religious Education program at St. Basil includes sacramental preparation, a two-year process, usually concluding in the spring of a child’s 2nd-grade year, at which time First Holy Communion is received. Please contact Sylvia Verdonk, our Director of Youth Faith Formation, sverdonk4@yahoo.com

Sacrament of Confirmation — Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation, one of the three sacraments through which people become members of the Christian community. By the laying on of hands, anointing with chrism, and prayer, those already baptized are strengthened by the Holy Spirit in order that they may steadfastly profess the faith and faithfully live up to their profession. The candidates by this time have been nurtured by the parents and the parish, and now they must choose a mature adult to serve as an individual sponsor who will walk with the candidate in his or her preparation for Confirmation.

Monthly preparatory classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation are provided for students in 9th/10th grade of high school. The sacrament is scheduled biannually.

Sacrament of Marriage – Please contact the Parish Office at least six months before the marriage date to arrange for marriage preparation and discuss requirements with the pastor. Please download and read carefully our parish wedding policy before making your wedding plans.

Anointing of the Sick – This sacrament consists of prayers by the priest and an anointing with the Oil of the Sick. People may be anointed at any stage of a serious illness, or before a surgery, or because of advanced years and the limitations which come with age. A priest can be called to anoint a sick person at home, in a hospital or nursing home, or in the church. The sacrament is an effective sign of God’s healing power, helping someone spiritually, emotionally, and sometimes even physically. When possible, this sacrament may be preceded by the Sacrament of Penance and followed with Holy Communion.  Please contact the parish office at 269-637-2404 if you or a family member is in need of this sacrament.