A Sacramental Overview

 
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The Sacrament of Baptism

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.

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To have your child baptized in the Catholic Church, the parents and godparents must attend a baptism class. Classes are the second Tuesday of every month in Conference Room at 6:30PM. To register, contact Erin Johnson at (405)372-6886 or click here to fill out an online form. 



The Sacrament of Penance and 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.

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The bottom of this page shows the scheduled times for Confession. Please be advised that Father O'Brien is willing to hear confessions by appointment, as well. 

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The Sacrament of the Eucharist

At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

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The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.


The Sacrament of Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation, whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.

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For more information about the Sacrament of Confirmation for adults see the Becoming Catholic tab under “New Here”.

For more information about the Sacrament of Confirmation for youth, please contact Ashleigh Martin.

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The Sacrament of Matrimony

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.

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For more information please contact: Noemi Rodriguez at noemi@sfxstillwater.org.


If you desire to have a marriage annulled, St. Francis Xavier is here to help. Through our pastor, deacons, and staff, we have the resources to assist you with the process. To learn more about the annulment process, we suggest the websites from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Beginning Catholic, and the Diocese of Tulsa Tribunal Office.

The annulment process begins at the parish level. Please contact Deacon Paul Govek or Father Brian O'Brien to set up a meeting to discuss the process. We're happy to assist you.


The Sacrament of Holy Orders

This sacrament ordains men to serve God as priests and deacons.

WILL YOU ANSWER GOD'S CALL?
Do you have an inner longing to seek the Father’s will and to do something extraordinary with your life? Do you sense a call to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ?

If you have answered “yes” to either of these questions, God may be calling you to serve Him as a priest.

For more information about vocations, please contact Father O'Brien.

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The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.

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A baptized Catholic experiencing serious illness may be anointed by a priest. This anointing gives spiritual strengthening and healing through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Contact the parish office (405) 372-6886 or email Father O'Brien for anointing when serious illness or hospitalization occurs.