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Sacraments & Rites.

The Franciscan Renewal Center is a place where sacraments are celebrated frequently.  Community members of all generations are invited to learn more about the 7 sacraments and to prepare for initiation.



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.

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 ongoing participation in family and youth ministries.

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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.

For more information on Infant Baptism (age 0 through 1st Grade), please visit our Faith Formation Portal page here. 

For more information on Children Baptism (2nd - 6th Grade), please visit our Faith Formation Portal page here.

For more information on Youth Baptism (7th -12th Grade), please visit our Faith Formation Portal page here.

For more information on Adult Baptism (age 18 and up), please visit our Faith Formation Portal page here.

First Recon/Communion & Confirmation

First Reconciliation.

First Reconciliation preparation for children and teens at Our Lady of the Angels Church is a part of our Family and Youth Ministries. 

​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.

To learn more about how we prepare children and teens for First Reconciliation at Our Lady of the Angels, please visit our Faith Formation Portal page here.

Confirmation & First Communion.

For Catholics, the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist together represent full initiation in the Church.  For those children who were baptized as infants, Our Lady of the Angels provides a family-based process to prepare for and ultimately complete initiation.


The Sacrament of Confirmation is the second sacrament of initiation.  It builds upon a journey in faith and truth that began at Baptism. Confirmation is made after a formation period of prayerful discernment, and it represents an individual’s recognition, acknowledgement, and celebration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.


The Sacrament of First Holy Communion is the third and final sacrament of initiation.  It takes place when an individual has a basic understanding of Eucharist and is properly prepared to fully, consciously, and actively participate in the Communion Rite at Mass for the first time.

​To learn more about our Confirmation/First Communion process for children and their families, please visit our Faith Formation Portal page here. 


The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession or Penance) is offered on Saturdays from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the church or by scheduling a private appointment with a priest by calling the Guest Services 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.”


At the Franciscan Renewal Center, we celebrate Catholic weddings with couples ( one or  both of whom ) are registered members of the Church of Our Lady of the Angels. They must be active participants in the life of the Church.  They must be registered and participating for a minimum of one year prior to a proposed wedding date. 

Exceptions may be considered for out-of-town couples whose parents are  registered and active participants of Our Lady of the Angels faith community.

If you are a registered member of this faith community, please fill out the inquiry form below or call 480.948.7460 and leave your name and phone number, and someone will return your call.  When considering a date for a wedding , please keep in mind that the preparation period in the Diocese of Phoenix is a minimum of 9 months.

If you are not a member of this worshipping community and are interested in becoming an active member, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you.


Wedding Inquiry 

Holy Orders

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.


How to Become a Friar      

Holy Orders.

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 Guest Services Desk at 480.948.7460 and choose option #2.

Anointing of the Sick.

Funeral Planning & 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.

Funeral Planning & Burial.


Since the Second Vatican Council decreed the restoration, revision, and adaptation of the catechumenate, this ancient practice of the Church has become the process through which we welcome adult converts into the Catholic Church. 


The OCIA process is also used to welcome and prepare those adults seeking full communion within the Catholic Church (baptized Christians but not Catholics) as well adult Catholics seeking Confirmation.


For more information on the OCIA process, please visit our Faith Formation Portal page here.  


Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA).

Order of Christian Initiation
of Teens  (OCIT).

OCIT is the process though which families with teenagers (6th - 12th Grade) who fit into a specific category prepare for the sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist).  OCIT is for families with:

·    Unbaptized teens 

·    Teens seeking First Eucharist and/or Confirmation.


For more information on the OCIT process, please visit our Faith Formation Portal page here.



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

For annulment questions, please contact or call the church where you are registered as a member.

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