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Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Parents and Godparents are required to participate in the Baptismal Preparation Class and complete the Baptismal Form at this session. Please contact Patsy Krenek 979-335-4071 to register for this class.
2015 Baptism Preparation Schedule – January 19, March 16, May 18, July 20, September 21, and November 16.
All Classes begin at 7:00 pm in the Religious Education Building.

Eucharist
Eucharist in the Catholic Church refers to both the celebration of the Mass, that is, the Eucharist liturgy, and the bread and wine which after the consecration are transubstantiated (changed in substance) into the body and blood of Jesus Christ, Lord and God.  

Reconciliation
In the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (commonly called Confession, Reconciliation or Penance) is the method by which individual men and women may be freed from sins committed after receiving the sacrament of Baptism. For the confession to be acceptable according to Catholic teaching, the penitent (person seeking forgiveness) must tell his or her sins directly to an ordained Catholic priest or bishop. The priest or bishop will then recite the prayers of absolution to forgive the penitent's sins.

Confirmation
By the sacrament of Confirmation we are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.


Marriage
Marriage is one of the seven Sacraments celebrated within the Catholic Church.  Every aspect of the ceremony should reflect the dignity a Sacrament deserves: dresses, music, decorations and other details.  Couples spend much time selecting a reception hall, food, band, invitation, dresses and suits, invitations, cake flavors and design, photographer, videographer, gift registry, etc.  Spiritual preparation is even more important.  Remember, “A wedding is a day but a marriage is a lifetime!” 

Weddings dates should be scheduled no less than six months prior to the marriage.  Meet with a priest or deacon of the parish where you plan to be married.  If both parties are free to marry in the church, preparation requirements will be discussed.  If either the intended bride or groom, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, was previously married, no wedding date may be set until all previous marriages have been declared null and void by the proper diocesan authorities.

A marriage between two Catholics usually takes place during Mass but, for good reason, may be celebrated outside the Mass.  The marriage of a Catholic and non-Catholic takes place outside the Mass.  Again, under certain circumstances, a mixed marriage (Catholic and Non-Catholic) may take place during the Mass with the understanding that only the Catholic may receive Holy Communion.  A marriage between a Catholic and a non-Baptized person is always celebrated outside the Mass.

The bishops of Texas do not allow Catholic clergy to witness marriages outside a sacred place (church, chapel, etc.).  Clergy may not witness marriages in back yards, beach-side or other secular spaces. Only religious music suitable for church use is permitted for marriage ceremonies.

Questions regarding the use of candles, flowers and other decorations should be discussed with the priest, deacon or parish liturgical coordinator. Please contact the parish office 979-335-7551.

Anointing of the Sick
"This sacrament gives the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are sick: by this grace the whole person is helped and saved, sustained by trust in God and strengthened against the temptations of the Evil One and against anxiety over death. Thus the sick person is able not only to bear suffering bravely, but also to fight against it. A return to physical health may follow the reception of this sacrament if it will be beneficial to the sick person's salvation."  Ritual of Paul VI
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Father Donald Ruppert, Pastor


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