sacraments


Sacraments of the Catholic Faith


"The Sacraments are not mere appearances, they are not rituals; they are the power of Christ; Jesus Christ is present in the Sacraments." - Pope Francis

Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick - as Catholics we are familiar with the sacraments, and see them as mileposts in our lives.

But, as Pope Francis so energetically reminds us, they are not simply observances, they are portals through which the Lord brings us all the power and graces that flow from his death and Resurrection. And wonderfully, each sacrament opens us to a personal encounter with Jesus


Call the parish office at 401-348-8765 to make arrangements.

  • baptism


    The schedule for the celebration of Baptism is arranged with the Pastor. Please call the Parish Office after the child is born. Please note that Baptisms are not celebrated during the season of Lent (that is from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday).


    Parents are asked to call the parish office at 401-348-8765 to make arrangements.

  • RECONCILIATION

    Confession is held on Saturdays from 4 to 4:30 pm or by appointment.


    Preparation for this sacrament begins in the first semester of the second grade. However, first grade participation is required and is remote preparation for this sacrament and for the reception of Eucharist as well.


    The celebration of first Reconciliation (or confession) takes place before Advent of the first semester of the second grade.


    Please call the second grade teacher at the parish office for further information.

  • First Communion


    Preparation for this sacrament begins in the first grade and concludes with the reception of Eucharist on the fourth Sunday of Easter, traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday.


    Contact Jennifer Brinton at the parish office for further information. 

  • confirmation

    Confirmation is a three year program beginning in the sixth grade and concluding with Confirmation in the eighth grade.


    The Registration Form for the 8th Grade Confirmation Candidates may be downloaded from the Religious Education page. Please return the form and the $25 fee to the Rectory. 

    The Registration Form for Grades 1-7 is available under the Religious Education page as well. Sponsor Certificate information and Service Hour information can also be found on that page.


    Call Pam Salimeno, Religious Education Director at the 596-0579 for additional information.

  • matrimony

    Couples planning to marry should contact our Marriage Coordinator one year before the wedding.

    Weddings at the Watch Hill & Weekapaug Chapels also go through St. Clare Church. The Marriage Coordinator for St. Clare can answer any questions you may have, details do not go through the parish office.


    Call the parish office at 401-348-8765 to be directed to our coordinator .

  • permissions

    When receiving a sacrament at another parish, you will need proof of your Baptism. If you were baptized at St. Clare Church, a copy of your baptismal certificate can be obtained by calling the office at 401-348-8765.


    A sponsor form can also be obtained if you are called to be a god parent or sponsor for Confirmation. The requirements for sponsorship are;

     

    A.  You must be a registered member of St. Clare Church

    B.  You must be a Catholic in good standing (attend mass weeklyand if applies, be in a valid

         marriage)

    C.  You must have made all of your sacraments

    D.  You must uphold the promise of the duties of which you are given as a sponsor/god parent


    Being a sponsor or god parent is a gift and a promise you make to walk with the child down the path of the Catholic faith, YOU are the example that they are to follow.