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The origins of baptism goes back to Jesus. In his dialogue with Nicodemus Jesus said “ No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Holy Spirit. (Jn 3:5). Baptism is necessary for salvation. Right before his ascension he called His disciples and told them, go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Mt: 26.
After the ascension of Christ the disciples traveled to different parts of the world preaching, baptizing and establishing Christian communities. When someone received baptism he became a member of the newly formed Christian community. This tradition still continues today. By our baptism we become members of Church, the Body of Christ, the local parish and the universal Catholic Church. Catholics are required to follow the teachings of Jesus, the teachings of the Church and to be aware of the responsibilities baptism bring.
Requirements for Baptism at St. Terrence
In order for a Child to be baptized at St. Terrence, the Parents must be registered at least 3 months prior to the baptism and be participating in the life to the parish by attending Masses, supporting the parish by sharing material goods. If you live within a different parish jurisdiction than St. Terrence or registered in another parish, we require that you get a letter of permission from your local parish.
The parents must attend the baptism prep classes before baptism. After the baptisms are celebrated, parents have the responsibility of attending Church regularly with your children. A donation to the Church is requested of each family
God parents must be practicing Catholics, confirmed, 16 years of age, lives according to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church. You may have a non- Catholic, a baptized Christian as a Sponsor. In order for the Catholic God parent to take the role, we need that they get the suitability letter duly filled and signed by their Pastor.
Confirmations are celebrated annually with a Bishop. Confirmation is a two year program of preparation at St. Terrence Parish with students and the parents and normally students receiving the sacrament in 8th grade. In order to receive confirmation the family must attend Mass on all Sundays. The preparation helps Catholics understand the promises made for them at Baptism. Older students desiring to be Confirmed should contact the Religious Education Office for information on a modified Confirmation Preparation Process. All Confirmandi are interviewed to determine their willingness to live as Catholics.
Preparation for first Eucharist is done through Religious Education programs. For preparation information please contact the religious Education office. Eucharist is available daily at he Scheduled Mass times. Those who are home bound and wish to receive the Eucharist may contact the rectory to receive Holy Communion at home.
St. Terrence is proud that quite a few vocations to the priesthood have come from the Parish including our own Bishop Casey, auxiliary bishop of Chicago. Those who feel called to ministry are encouraged to call Fr. Tomy.
Weddings Masses are at 5.00 pm on Fridays and 1:00 or 2:30 pm on Saturdays. All wedding arrangements must be made with the Pastor or the Deacon at least 4 months prior to the desired date. One of the parties or members of their immediate family should be registered at St. Terrence Parish 6 months prior to arranging a wedding. The couple must attend a Marriage Preparation session. A wedding offering for St. Terrence is required.
Reconciliation takes place from 4.00 to 4.40 pm on Saturdays. No confessions will be heard on Holy Saturday. Reconciliation can also be made by appointment with the Pastor. For any other information call the Rectory.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Sacramental needs of those hospitalized are taken care of by the hospital chaplain. The priest from St. Terrence visit parishioners in local hospitals, if requested by family members or friends. In emergency, Pastor will respond to sacramental needs either in home or at the Hospital. Contact the rectory at 708-597-0970.