Baptism

Children and Adult Baptism

Baptism is the first sacrament of Christian initiation that welcomes the baptized into the Church. At St. Eulalia the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated by arrangement. 

For children, parents are asked to call the Parish Office to arrange with one of the staff to begin the process and are required to attend a Baptismal Preparation Meeting. These are usually held by appointment at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month.  Parents are also required to bring the child’s birth certificate.

Adults seeking to be baptized are introduced to the Sacrament through the The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults –RCIA. This is the process by which adults who are moved by God’s call and invitation embrace life in the Catholic Christian Community.  It is a journey beginning with evangelization, to acceptance, and then formation, as a person moves toward readiness to be baptized or comes into full communion in the Catholic Church.

We welcome all adults who are seeking to respond to God’s call in their lives.  We are eager to walk with them in this journey.  Please call the Parish Office at 708-343-6120 for further information.

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Eucharist

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Eucharist

The initiation into the Christian community that took place at baptism is further extended through participation in the Eucharist. The Eucharist, also called Communion, is the sacrament by which Catholics partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. First Communion is the ceremony in which children first receive the Eucharist, fully entering into the heart of Christian faith.

Children who are candidates for First Communion must participate in the St. Eulalia Religious Education Program. Parents are asked to call the Religious Ed. coordinator at 708-343-6120.

 Baptized adults who have not received their First Communion in the Catholic Church are encouraged to enroll for preparation by contacting the Parish Office at 708-343-6120.

Confirmation

Confirmation

Confirmation provides a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which helps the confirmed Catholic witness to Christ and lead a mature Christian life. The rite of confirmation, usually performed by a bishop, involves the anointing with chrism (holy oil), the laying on of hands and the words ‘Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit’

Candidates for the sacraments of Eucharist (Holy Communion) and Confirmation must attend a minimum of two years in the St. Eulalia Religious Education Program. Baptized adults who desire to become an “adult” in their faith are encouraged to enroll and prepare to receive the sacraments that they have missed somewhere along the way.

Reconciliation

Reconciliation

In reconciliation, which is also called the sacrament of ‘confession’ or ‘penance’, a Catholic confesses his or her sins to a priest in the spirit of true repentance and receives forgiveness.  The priest acts as a visible representative of Christ, who forgives sins through the words of absolution, ‘I absolve you of your sins in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit’

At St. Eulalia, Reconciliation is administered in the church on the first Friday of each month between 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Outside of these times, it is available by appointment, which can be arranged by contacting the Pastor at 708-343-6120.

A liturgical service of Reconciliation is held during Advent and Lent, which includes the possibility of individual confession to a priest.

Matrimony

Matrimony

Matrimony, or marriage, joins a man and a woman together in a life-long covenant of self-giving love. This sacrament, seen as a sign of the love uniting Christ and the Church, establishes between the spouses a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God. It confers upon them the grace they need for attaining holiness in their married life and for responsible acceptance and upbringing of their children.

If you are engaged and would like to be married at St. Eulalia Church, please call the Parish Office at 708-343-6120 to make an appointment with the Pastor.  The celebration must be arranged six (6) months in advance of your wedding date.

The Sick

Anointing of the Sick

One significant way that the church cares for the sick is through the Sacrament of Anointing. Through this sacrament, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support.

Please call the St. Eulalia Parish Office at 708-343-6120 to request this Sacrament. A priest will come to your house to anoint your loved one.

Communion for The Sick

A number of St. Eulalia parishioners care for the sick by serving as Ministers of Care and bringing communion to hospitalized and homebound parishioners.

Please call the St. Eulalia Parish Office at 708-343-6120 to request this Sacrament. A priest will come to your house to anoint your loved one.

Funeral

Funeral

The funeral ceremony asks spiritual assistance for the departed; honors their bodies and at the same time brings solace of hope to the living.  While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them, God’s mercy and judgment and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.

To make funeral arrangements for your loved one, please call the St. Eulalia Parish Office at 708-343-6120. If you need information during the weekend please call the office and leave a message for the Pastor and he will return your call.

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