Sacraments & Rites
Seven Roman Catholic sacraments represent what is sacred, significant, and important to Catholics during a lifetime journey of spiritual growth. Each is a window into God at work in our lives and the lives of others.
The Franciscan Renewal Center offers information about, preparation for, as well as the dispensation of sacraments. Individuals, families, and loved ones are encouraged to contact us at any time of the year. Please know that preparation for certain sacraments may require seasonally offered classes.
We look forward to walking with you.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and spiritual growth. Whether we are baptized as infants, youth or adults — Baptism is the Church’s way of welcoming new members into the community.
Infants & Children
Infant baptism (for unbaptized children under the age of 7) involves a three-step process:
1. Parent Orientation
2. Parent Preparation Classes
3. Baptism Day!
When you are ready, please submit an inquiry using the form below, and we will contact you to set up your Parent Orientation meeting. We look forward to celebrating this special time in your child’s life with you.
Youth & Adult
Youth ages 7 to 18 who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism, will be invited to participate in our RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) program. Through this program, youth will be given the proper preparation to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Please submit an inquiry using the form below, and we will contact you to set up an initial inquiry meeting.
Adults who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism, will be invited to participate in our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. Learn more.
First Reconciliation, First Communion & Confirmation
Sacrament preparation is a two-year program at Our Lady of the Angels Church and done in conjunction with our Family Catechesis and Youth Ministries. Please visit our Family Faith Formation page for more information.
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation (also known as Confession or Penance) is where we find God’s unconditional forgiveness. As a result, we are called to forgive others and avoid sin again. Catholics are reminded to turn to Reconciliation throughout their lives for strength and redirection.
For Catholics, the ritual of the Eucharist, or Communion, is a sacrifice where the real presence of Jesus is believed to be present. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood through bread and wine, we are spiritually nourished and brought closer to God. The Sacrament of First Holy Communion represents an understanding about this part of the Mass, and an individual receives Eucharist for the first time.
The Sacrament of Confirmation builds upon a journey in faith and truth that began at Baptism. Confirmation is made after an educational period of prayerful discernment, and it represents complete initiation of the individual into the Catholic faith.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession or Penance) is offered on Saturdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm in the church or by scheduling a private appointment with a priest by calling the Front Desk at 480.948.7460.
The forgiveness of sins involves four parts:
Contrition: a sincere sorrow for having offended God
Confession: announcing our sins by speaking about them—aloud—to the priest
Penance: the priest imposes in reparation for our sins
Absolution: the priest speaks the words by which “God, the Father of Mercies” reconciles a sinner to himself
Act of Contrition
“God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace to confess my sins, do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.”
As Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage (or Holy Matrimony) is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to another person. Through a vow made before family, community and God, marriage represents a commitment to creating life and nurturing life by caring for one another. By offering their lives to one another, couples also unite their union to the offering that Christ made to his Church.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage begins by setting an appointment with one of our priests or our Marriage Preparation Coordinator. Please submit an inquiry via the form below at least 9 months prior to your desired wedding date. Our Marriage Preparation Coordinator will call you back to set a date and time for your initial orientation meeting. During this meeting you will be introduced to the marriage preparation process at the Franciscan Renewal Center, as prescribed by the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. At this meeting, you will also choose your wedding date and rehearsal date. Please note that we can not reserve your wedding date and rehearsal date prior to this meeting.
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders (or Ordination), the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments, proclaiming the Gospel, and directing them to spiritual growth, healing and transformation, and service to others. Ordained ministers play an important role in helping us follow the footsteps of Christ as we each do what is ours to do in this lifetime.
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (once known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction) unites the suffering of those with a physical or mental sickness to the suffering of Christ. We are reminded of how Christ’s compassion for the sick healed body and soul. It is recommended before surgery, during dangerous illness, or if one is particularly weak and at risk of significant illness. These rites are highly valued as powerful aids to strength and courage.
Anointing of the Sick may be scheduled with a priest by calling the Front Desk at 480.948.7460 and choose option #2.
Funeral Planning and Burial
A Funeral is more than a farewell; it is an act of faith expressed by the people of God, the Church. Although serious, this need not be a grim task. We approach this rite as a joyful expression of our faith and the fulfillment of God’s baptismal covenant to us.
To prepare a funeral or burial for your loved one, contact the Liturgy Office at 480.948.7460, ext. 166. Please call anytime, and this line will page Liturgy Office personnel.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Adults who choose to become Catholic follow a period of inquiry and discernment, called “RCIA” — or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Coming into full communion with the Catholic Church means that you choose this faith, its rituals, and Christ’s teachings as your spiritual footing — so you can be the best you can be for the rest of the world.
For more information about the Casa's RCIA program, Journey In Faith, please email: email@example.com.
Per the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, an annulment is a declaration by a Church Tribunal (a Catholic court) that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union. The Church presumes that marriages are valid and lifelong; therefore, unless the ex-spouse has died, the Church requires the divorced Catholic to obtain a declaration of nullity before re-marrying. The tribunal process seeks to determine if something essential was missing from the couple’s relationship from the moment of consent, that is, the time of the wedding.
To learn more, visit: For Your Marriage
To begin the process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org 480.306.4853 or call the church where you are registered as a member.