Liturgical Ministers' Schedule
Receiving the Sacraments at the Church of St. Gregory
The Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church
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THE SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
Anointing of the Sick
THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION
Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Would you like to be a Catholic? If you or someone you know is interested in possibly joining the Catholic Church, Father John Lapera (570-587-4808) will warmly welcome your call. The first step in the process of becoming a Catholic is called “Inquiry” – simply finding out more about the Church and about your desire to enter into or deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ. For more information, please call or email Fr. John.
The Church of Saint Gregory offers a pre-baptismal program for all new parents. This instructional program takes place in a team approach with two couples from Saint Gregory’s and two couples from Our Lady of the Snows leading the instruction. New parents are asked to contact the rectory office to set up a time to meet with team members. Baptisms are normally celebrated on the third Sunday of every month during one of the liturgies or following the 12:00 noon Mass. Baptisms may be arranged at other times when necessary. Parents may schedule a baptism by calling the rectory office (570-587-4808) or via email.
First Eucharist is held the first two Saturdays in May. Children must be in at least second grade and have had two years of religious instruction.
At least one parent is expected to attend an information session regarding the reception of this sacrament. Please call our office at 570-587-4808 with any questions.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated every year in the spring for students in 8th grade. The date is chosen by the Bishop. Our Confirmation Preparation program, Chosen, is completed throughout grades 7 and 8.
There is a two-year preparation period for this Sacrament. Students participate in two special ceremonies during the preparation period:
1. Rite of Welcoming (January of 7th grade)
2. Rite of Enrollment (October of 8th grade)
Students and at least one parent are expected to also attend an information session which will highlight other important aspects of the Confirmation preparation process. Please contact our office (570-587-4808) for more information.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday from 4:00 until 4:45 PM. Communal Penance Services are scheduled during the seasons of Advent and Lent.
First Reconciliation is normally held on the first Saturday in December for students who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion the following May.
The Anointing of the Sick involves the anointing with oil of the sick and dying (usually accompanied by the Eucharist), in order to confer special grace to spiritually strengthen the person. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, anyone expecting to undergo a serious operation, the elderly, and anyone in dangerous of death is encouraged to receive this sacrament. Only a priest (or higher prelate) can administer this sacrament, and it may be given on more than one occasion. Please call the parish office (570-587-4808) if you or a loved one is in need of this sacrament.
Arrangements should be made six months prior to the desired date of the wedding. All engaged couples, including those seeking convalidation, are required to receive sacramental preparation for marriage. This is to include sessions with a pastoral minister and participation in a marriage preparation program which is faithful to the curriculum of the diocese.
If you are interested in pursuing a religious vocation or feel you are called to ministry in the church, please contact the pastor or the Vocations Director at the Diocesan office at 570-207-1452 or visit www.scrantonvocations.com. Parishioners are asked to pray for and foster vocations at every opportunity.