From Father Griffith: The sacramental life of the Catholic Church flows directly from Jesus Christ who himself is the perfect sacrament of God the Father. Through Christ we do not just see or experience a symbol of God but rather we touch the very substance and essence of God. Similarly, the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church are not mere symbols of God’s presence and grace but are instruments through which we are transformed by God’s grace. In the sacraments we share in the divine life and love of our Triune God. The sacraments are great gifts from God so that we might live holy and happy lives. The sacraments strengthen us in discipleship and inspire us to live faithfully the mission Jesus entrusts to his Church. As Catholics, we look to Scripture to see the foundation of the sacramental life that we experience through the Church. The Gospels demonstrate that Jesus often used outward signs and words to communicate God’s healing presence. The sacramental life of the Church flows from the words and deeds of Jesus as witnessed in the Gospels. From the words and deeds of Jesus, the Catholic Church has discerned, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, seven unique sacraments. The sacrament, par excellence, is the Holy Eucharist which is both the real presence of Jesus Christ our Lord and the source and summit of our Catholic faith.
At Our Lady of Lourdes, the sacramental life is vital to the health and holiness of our members and our community. Flowing from our gratitude to God for the gift of the Holy Eucharist, we strive to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy with dignity, reverence and beauty. The sacraments are readily accessible to our parishioners and, visitors and friends and are celebrated with fidelity, care, and reverence. If you or a family member are in need of a sacrament (confession, anointing, baptism, marriage, confirmation) please see the links below or contact the parish office. You will discover at Our Lady of Lourdes that the sacramental life of the Church is an important foundation and instrument for our shared life of faith. Finally, it is through the sacramental life of the Catholic Church that we experience God’s healing and mercy and are fed so that we can go forth and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ!
At Our Lady of Lourdes and for all Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Baptisms are scheduled regularly. For adults seeking baptism, please read about our RCIA program.
The Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation demonstrates a mature commitment to Christianity.
For adults seeking to be confirmed, please read about our RCIA program.
Information on the scheduling of a funeral at our parish can be found here.
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal nourishing us spiritually and bringing us closer to God. The Eucharist is offered daily at Our Lady of Lourdes.
Ordination is a sacrament by which the priest being ordained vows to lead Catholics to the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist. If you would like to know more about the priesthood, visit the website of the Office of Vocations at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. Reconciliation is scheduled at Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturdays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. and on Sundays from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.