To begin the process for baptizing your child, please contact Father Marquard by e-mail or at ext. 812 to schedule a pre-baptism class and the sacrament of baptism.
First Reconciliation and First Communion
The reception of these Sacraments for the first time takes place in second grade for children enrolled in both of our religious education program as well as our elementary school program. Preparation consists of instruction at home and in the classroom. Two evenings of preparation for the parents of children making their sacraments are required. First Reconciliation is received in January and First Holy Communion is typically held the last Saturday of April. Any student participating in sacramental preparation must be a member of Good Shepherd Church and must be enrolled in either the Wednesday Religious Education Classes or at Good Shepherd School for the year preceding their sacrament and the years of sacramental preparation. Families are also required to actively participate in weekly Sunday masses.
First Reconciliation Parent Letter
First Reconciliation – Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
First Holy Communion – Saturday, April 28, 2018
Preparation for the sacrament is open to parishioner youths 8th grade and up. The program begins in early autumn and concludes with the students receiving the sacrament in early winter/spring. Any Confirmation student must be a member of Good Shepherd Church and must be enrolled in either Wednesday Religious Education Classes or a Catholic School for the year preceding their sacrament and the year of sacramental preparation. Families are also required to actively participate in weekly Sunday masses.
Holy Orders and Consecrated Life
Men and women interested in a vocation to priesthood, the diaconate program, or consecrated life should contact Father Marquard by e-mail or at ext. 812 to receive more information.
Those interested in becoming Catholic as well as originally baptized Catholics interested in completing religious formation for entering or returning to active participation in the Sacramental Life of the Church are welcomed through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). A series of small-group adult faith classes begin in the Fall and finish in the Spring of each year, readying participants for full reception and welcome them into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. For more information, please contact the parish office.
Marriage is a sacrament of commitment, ministered by the two people and situated within the life of the parish community. Therefore, we do require that one member of the couple be a registered and active member of our parish community. Please call the parish office ext. 812, at least six months prior to the prospective date and make an appointment with Father Marquard. Click here to visit our wedding information page.
Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament is for persons who are seriously or chronically ill, or facing major surgery. Please contact Father Marquard at ext. 812 to receive this sacrament.
Mass Intentions may be for the living and the departed. There is a suggested stipend of $7.00 per Mass Intention. Please contact the Parish Office, ext. 810 if you would like to schedule a Mass Intention.
Watch the bulletin for opportunities for special blessings throughout the year, or if in need of a special blessing, contact the Parish Office, 763-544-0416.