If we turn to the Catechism of the Catholic Church we will find a detailed description of each of the seven (7) sacraments. We will find that the sacraments of Christian initiation are: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. And these lay at the foundation of every Christian life. After these, we will find two (2) sacraments that are described as the sacraments of healing: Penance and the Anointing of the Sick. The final two (2) sacraments of the Church are described as the sacraments of service and they are Matrimony and Holy Orders.
We at St. Frances Cabrini have experienced all of these within our walls with the exception of Holy Orders which is celebrated at the hands of the Bishop most usually at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. As one would expect, there are certain requirements that an individual must meet in order to receive a particular sacrament and those requirements are as follows:
Baptism: The baptism of adults usually takes place within The Rite of Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This program lasts from September to Easter and must be successfully completed in order to be received into the sacramental life of the Church.
The baptism of children can proceed after the parents and godparents have attended our Baptismal Preparation Class that is held the first Saturday of each month at 3:00 pm in the church. The godparents must be at least sixteen years of age and received the sacraments of initiation. However, one of the godparents may be a non-Catholic and will be considered a “witness” to the baptism. The other godparent must be a Catholic. At least one (1) of the parents must give their permission for the child to be baptized.
Eucharist: This sacrament is usually received by children who are in the second grade and have completed a period of preparation in our religious education program.
Reconcilation:This sacrament is usually received by children who are in the second grade and have completed a period of preparation in our religious education program.
Confirmation: This final sacrament of initiation is received at the hands of the Bishop. The receipt of this sacrament requires that the child be of age, in our case twelve (12) years of age and received the other sacraments of initiation, as well as, completed a period of sacramental preparation in our religious education program.
Anointing of the Sick: Any member of the Catholic faith and Catechumens can receive this sacrament which gives them an extra grace to assist them in their time of sickness or injury. Examples of such situations are as follows: admission to a hospital emergency room with a life threatening injury (i.e. car wreck, fall or other traumatic injury) or condition (i.e. stroke or heart attack), or if one has to undergo anesthesia for any type of surgery or procedure.
Contact the Pastor. He, or another priest, is the only minister of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Matrimony: Couples preparing for marriage are asked to contact the pastor at least five (5) months prior to the proposed wedding date. He will then explain the Diocese of Nashville Marriage Policy that must be completed before the wedding can occur.
This is a brief description of our requirements here at St. Frances Cabrini. Contact the Pastor or the Director of Religious Education because there may be other requirements that were overlooked in the preparation of this brief overview.