Baptism

Purpose: Initiate infants and children into the Christian community.

Occurrence: By Appointment

Program Description: Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”  A Sacrament of welcome into God’s family.

Contact: Fr. James Arsenault jarsenault@stelizcc.org
Or call the parish office at 804-329-4599

Reconciliation

Purpose: To reconcile children and adults to God and to the body of Christ.

Occurrence: Before the 6PM Wednesday Mass, and following the 12:00 Noon Friday Mass.

Program Description: Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for their sins. It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.

Contact: Fr. James Arsenault jarsenault@stelizcc.org
Or call the parish office at 804-329-4599

First Communion

Purpose: To bring the children of St. Elizabeth to the table of the Lord.

Occurrence: Eight Meetings

Program Description: Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is a joint process for children seven and older with their parents. Children will participate in classroom-based learning with a catechist as well as home-based learning with their families. In order to be eligible for sacrament preparation, the children must be enrolled in a regular faith formation option: Catholic School or the Family Faith Formation program. Sacrament preparation is in addition to the regular Faith Formation Program.

Leader: Almetia Strother

Contact almcentee@stelizcc.org

Marriage

Program Description: 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.

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life.

Occurrence: If you are interested in getting married at our church, please contact us 6 months prior to you wedding date.

Contact: Fr. James Arsenault
jarsenault@stelizcc.org
Or call the parish office at 804-329-4599

Confirmation

Purpose: To complete the initiation of St Elizabeth youth.

Occurrence: Four meetings, one retreat.

Program: Preparation for Confirmation usually begins at the beginning of the teen’s Sophomore year in High School. In order to be eligible for sacrament preparation, the teen must be enrolled in a regular faith formation option: Catholic School or the Parish Teen Faith Formation program. Sacrament preparation is in addition to the regular Faith Formation Program

Leader: Annie McEntee almcentee@stelizcc.org

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Purpose: To enable those seeking to know Jesus Christ through the Catholic faith to become Catholic through baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

Occurrence: Weekly

Program Description: Candidates, sponsors, and team members meet weekly to break open the Word of God and learn about the teachings of the Catholic Church. After study and discernment candidates enter the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Those previously baptized, will be confirmed and receive first Eucharist.

Leader: Christopher and Beng Metzger Metzger.christopher@gmail.com

Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Catholic Church includes three orders Bishop, Priest, and Deacon. Please pray for an increase in vocations for all in the Roman Catholic Church. We also pray and encourage vocations to the Religious life of vowed Sisters and Brothers in our Church. If you would like to learn more about Religious life or Priesthood please contact the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and the Office of Vocations at vocations@richmonddiocese.org or call 804-359-5661 or at our parish please contact Fr. Jim Arsenault, Sister Tiberh Hagos, CMS, or Deacon Chris Barrett at 804-329-4599.

Please pray for an in vocations to help server our Church.

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered only by Catholic Priests. To request the sacrament for someone in need, please call the parish office at 804-329-4599 or in case of emergency, call Fr. Jim Arsenault  804-221-1508.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him bring in the presbyters (priests) of the Church and let them pray over him/ her and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14

Please call the parish office also and let us add the name of your loved one who is sick to our parish prayer list.