Baptisms are typically scheduled on Saturdays. You must be a registered and active member of the parish in order to have your child baptized. Please contact Mary at the office at 594-1400 ext. 100, or e-mail her at [email protected] to begin the Baptismal process.
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. . . . Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love. For more information on the Sacrament of Baptism, click here.
Children are encouraged to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) during second grade. The sacrament of first Reconciliation takes place prior to first Eucharist.
The First Reconciliation preparation program consists of Faith Formation classes, and a retreat with children and parents. Contact the Faith Formation office at [email protected] with any questions!
Not only does it [the Sacrament of Penance] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
For more information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, click here.
The sacrament of First Eucharist takes place after first Reconciliation (Penance).
The First Eucharist preparation program consists of Faith Formation classes, and a retreat with children and parents. First Eucharist is usually held in the Spring of second grade. Please contact the Faith Formation Office at [email protected] with any questions!
The Eucharist in the Catholic Church is a sacrament celebrated as "the source and summit" of the Christian life. The Eucharist is celebrated daily during the celebration of Mass, the eucharistic liturgy. For more information on the Eucharist, click here.
The Confirmation process in the Diocese of Rochester is a two-year program that typically begins in eighth grade. Families should attend church together each week, participate in community service or outreach, and spend time together in prayer and reflection.
Please contact the Faith Formation office at [email protected] with any questions.
The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God's Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John. Jesus' entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. . . . We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service. For more information on the Sacrament of Confirmation, click here.
Congratulations on your engagement!
We are delighted that you have chosen to celebrate your marriage at St. Christopher's. These months of preparation for your marriage will be busy and exciting. While your engagement and all its festivities are significant parts of your marriage celebration, the Marriage Ceremony is the center of Christian celebration. The prayers, Scripture readings, vows, giving and receiving of rings, music, and nuptial blessing- all of these, are an expression of both your faith in God and each other.
Please call Mary in the Parish Office at (585) 594-1400 or email at [email protected] to set a date at least six months prior to the event.
Church Fee: $150
Musician Fees: $150 - this fee includes warming up, playing for the service, and accompanying the parish cantor. Please note, the parish's primary musician ( or designated person) is expected to be the musician for that community's weddings.
Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with "the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church. Man and woman were created for each other.
By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ's spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, "Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church."
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy. For more information on the Sacrament of Marriage, click here.
Please check the Diocese of Rochester website for the Diocese of Rochester marriage information including planning steps, important resources, and Pre-Cana information. This also has to be done six months prior to the wedding.
Here are some great resources to learn more about vocations!
The Diaconate (Information to become a Deacon)
Contact the DOR Office of Vocation Awareness
Lord, let me know clearly the work you are calling me to do. Grant me the grace and generosity I need to answer your call with courage and love, for to do your will is my joy and my peace. Amen.
From the moment of Jesus' conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.
Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8). This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate. For more information on the Holy Orders, click here.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
On the last weekend of each month, Fr. Michael performs the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick after weekend masses. You're welcome to join any time you'd like.
If you are admitted to a hospital for any reason, you're encouraged to include St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church as your home parish so that Fr. Michael knows to visit!
Otherwise, for hospital or home visits from a priest or deacon, contact the rectory at (585) 594-1400.
In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age. For more information on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, click here.