As the Baltimore Catechism stated many years ago: "A Sacraments is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace." In the Catholic Church, there are seven Sacraments.
Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist are known as sacraments of initiation.
Penance, also called Confession and Reconciliation, and the Anointing of the Sick, are called sacraments of healing.
Holy Orders is the sacrament conferred on bishops, priests and deacons, who minister to the Catholic laity.
Matrimony is the sacrament which consecrates the union of a man and a woman as partners for life.
Baptism: Through Baptism, a person is born into new life in Christ and may participate in the other sacraments of the Catholic Church.
Confirmation: In the sacrament of Confirmation, Catholics receive the Holy Spirit. Confirmation brings maturity to baptized Catholics, enabling them to participate more fully in the life of the Church. Confirmed Catholics bear witness to the faith in words and actions.
Eucharist: The Eucharist completes the sacraments of initiation. The Eucharist is the heart of Catholic life and of the celebration of the Mass. In one of the great mysteries of the Catholic faith, and as proclaimed at the Last Supper, bread and wine are consecrated by the priest during Mass to become the real Body and Blood of Christ. Baptized Catholics in a state of grace may receive the Eucharist.
Penance: This sacrament, one of the sacraments of healing, is also called "Confession" or "Reconciliation" and is administered by a priest. During confession, the Catholic repents of his/her sins, confesses those sins to the priest and receives absolution. All mortal, or grave, sins must be confessed, and the Church strongly recommends that venial, or less serious, since be confessed as well. Through Penance, the Catholic is reconciled to God and to the Church.
Anointing of the Sick: Formerly known as "Extreme Unction," the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick commends those who are sick to the suffering Christ. Anointing is a sacrament of healing. It is administered by a priest to those who are seriously ill and/or in danger of death. During the sacrament, the priest anoints the forehead and hands of the sick person with Holy Oil while praying for the special grace conferred by the sacrament.
Holy Orders: The sacrament of Holy Orders assures that the mission of the Church entrusted to the Apostles continues to the end of time. There are three degrees of Holy Orders, orders for Bishops, priests and deacons. Bishops confer the sacrament by laying on of hands together with a solemn prayer of consecration asking that God grant the graces of the Holy Spirit needed for the ministry.
Matrimony: The sacrament of Matrimony or Marriage is a covenant between a baptized man and a baptized woman to establish a partnership for life. The couple must freely consent to the marriage and exchange that consent in the presence of a community of witnesses and a priest or other authorized witness.
Prior to the baptism of a child according to 'The Code of Canon Law 851', "the parents of an infant who is to be baptized and likewise those who are to undertake the office of sponsor are to be properly instructed in the meaning of this sacrament and the obligations which are attached to it; personally or through others the pastor is to see to it that the parents are properly formed by pastoral directions and by common prayer, gather several families together and where possible visiting them."
Currently St. Joan of Arc offers this instruction in a two part series each month. At least one of the parents are required to attend both classes, and the second week the godparents will be required to attend. If the godparents live out of state or are unable to attend the class offered at St. Joan of Arc, documentation will be required from their parish stating they have attended a similar instruction. The baptism can not be scheduled until the parents and sponsors have received proper instruction and all supporting documentation has been received in the parish office. If you have attended a baptism preparation class within the last three years and can provide a certificate stating so, the class will not be required.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this series. If no one has pre-registered for the class, there is the potential that the class would be cancelled. Parents are encouraged to attend the class before or soon after the birth of the child. The recommended donation to attend this class is $15 which covers the publications you will receive on the night of the class. This class is available to anyone who may need to attend a preparation class as a sponsor for another church and a certificate will be given to you at the conclusion of the series. The classes will begin at 7:00 PM and will typically be held in the Lorraine Room or the Parish Office Conference room depending on the size of the class.
Requirements/information for baptism:
- The request for baptism must come from the parent or legal guardian. There are circumstances where a grandparent may request baptism with the child’s parents' consent. The grandparent must live near the child and must be willing to take on the responsibility of the child’s spiritual development in the Catholic Faith.
- The parents/guardians must be Catholic and accept the responsibility for teaching their child in the Catholic Faith through word and action.
- Baptism should not be seen as merely a naming ceremony. It is the child’s entrance into the Church, the Body of Christ, and so much more.
- Baptisms are regularly held each Sunday, except during Holy Week. Other times may be arranged to accommodate special needs.
- Canon Law requires parents and godparents to have pre-baptismal preparation.
- Children over the age of seven are no longer considered infants because they have reached the age of reason and therefore require preparation for all three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. The preparation normally begins in September and culminates at the Easter Vigil.
Requirements for Godparents:
- Only one sponsor (godparent) is required although it is customary that there be two. If there are two, there may be only one man and one woman. Two men or two women are not permitted (CCL 873).
- Godparents must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, be practicing Catholics, and be 16 years of age or older (CCL 874).
- Godparents must be registered in a parish (for a period of at least six months prior to the baptism) and we will need a verification letter from their parish to that effect before the baptism can take place.
- If married, the godparents must be in a valid Catholic marriage.
- The category of Christian Witness allows baptized, practicing, non-Catholic Christians to take part in the Catholic baptismal ceremony. This is to recognize both sides of the family in a mixed-religion marriage and to allow them to participate in the ceremony.
- In the case of a Christian Witness, there must also be a Confirmed Catholic godparent.
- Catholics are not eligible to be Christian witnesses.
Here is the current schedule for this year:
For scheduling or additional questions contact:
Andi Weber, (303) 420-1232 x104, Email Andi
Deacon Matt Archer, (303) 420-1232 - Message Only
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (CCC 1324) Everything contained in the Catholic Church is oriented towards the Eucharist and everything flows forth from it. Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the real, true, and substantial presence of Jesus Christ under the appearance of bread and wine. At the last supper, Jesus told his disciples to “do this in memory of me.” (Luke 22:19) When we participate in the Eucharist we are re-membered into the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; we participate in the one sacrifice Jesus offered for us.
At Saint Joan of Arc children are prepared for their First Eucharist once they have attained the age of seven. For information on the preparation for First Eucharist, contact the Religious Education Department at (303) 420-1232.
Guidelines for the Reception of Communion
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour.
For our fellow Christians:
We welcome our fellow Christians to our celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us, “that they may all be one.” (John 17:21)
Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion.
For those not receiving Holy Communion:
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with on another.
We also welcome to our celebrations those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family. (Adapted from the United States Catholic Conference).
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is often referred to as confession or penance. Reconciliation is that special gift given to us by Jesus in which our sins may be absolved, or forgiven, through the sacramental action of the priest. Jesus said to the apostles, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20:23) We believe that this grace, to forgive sin, has been passed down through the centuries through our bishops, the successors of the apostles, to all priests.
All children preparing for their First Eucharist as well as all youth and adults who are going through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) or RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) process must participate first in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
All Catholics are encouraged to participate in frequent reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Through this sacrament we are not only forgiven our sins but are given the grace to persevere in our fight against sin.
Traditionally, it was considered an obligation for Catholics to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year, during the Easter season, any time between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday. The Church teaches today that we must participate in the sacrament if we are in the state of serious sin.
Confession Times: Saturday, 9:00-10:00 A.M. and 4:00-4:45 P.M. or call the office for an appointment, (303) 420-1232.
Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the completion of the Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being Baptism and Eucharist. Through Confirmation we “share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which he is filled, so that our lives may give off ‘the aroma of Christ.’” (CCC 1294-1295)
When children of the age of seven or older or adults are baptized, they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the same time as their Baptism and First Eucharist. This takes place through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) or RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) programs.
For youth who were baptized as infants, the practice at St. Joan of Arc is that the Sacrament of Confirmation is administered when they are in the ninth grade or higher. It is expected that all the children and youth of Saint Joan of Arc parish will participate in our Religious Education program throughout their grade-school and high-school lives. The preparation year specifically for youth Confirmation involves classes on the Catholic Faith and Faith in Action service opportunities, as well as youth social activities.
Each person who is preparing for Confirmation must have a sponsor. A sponsor is a Catholic who is living his/her faith as best as she/he can through weekly attendance at Mass, regular participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and a willingness to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church. A sponsor must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, be at least sixteen years of age, not be the parent of the one to be Confirmed, and, if married, his or her marriage must be in accord with Catholic Church.
Adult Confirmation Registration Form
We are pleased that you are considering St. Joan of Arc for your wedding. This page will assist you in learning some of the requirements to be married in the Catholic Church. First, the Archdiocese of Denver requires a marriage preparation course prior to the wedding. At St. Joan of Arc Parish your preparation will include a minimum of three meetings with a deacon or priest. During these meetings the couple will complete required paperwork, take a marriage preparation inventory (FOCCUS), and review this with the deacon.
There are two options for completing the pre-marriage classes: A one-day workshop offered through the Archdiocese, God’s Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage, along with a weekendCatholic Engaged Encounter retreat, or participation in the Catholic Marriage Preparation, Inc. program. Participation in a Natural Family Planning course is also required for all those preparing for marriage. Information on these programs including content, registration, and cost is available on the Archdiocesan website - 'Office of Marriage and Family Life'. It is suggested that a couple wait until after their first meeting with the priest or deacon at St. Joan of Arc before enrolling in one of these programs.
A few points for consideration by those planning a Catholic wedding:
- Contact the parish office at least 8 months, preferably a year, before making any wedding plans. It is suggested that you wait to schedule your reception until your first meeting with the priest or deacon. If you plan around the availability of a reception center, you may have scheduling conflicts due to the church already being booked, or there may not be time to properly complete the marriage preparation.
- Use of the church for weddings is normally reserved for St. Joan of Arc parishioners. Parishioners are persons registered in the parish and contributing to its support for a minimum six-month period prior to beginning the marriage preparation process.
- A Catholic wedding is a life-long sacrament.
- The Catholic parties should have received the sacrament of Confirmation.
- The Archdiocese requires that weddings take place in a Catholic church or chapel.
- The usual times for weddings are Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Archdiocese policy is that weddings not occur on Saturday evenings or Sundays.
- If the engaged couple are both Catholic, they should plan for a Nuptial Mass, which is officiated by a priest, with the optional assistance of a deacon.
- If one party is not Catholic but is a baptized Christian, the couple should plan for a Wedding Rite outside of Mass.
- If one party is not Christian, the couple may only have the Wedding Rite.
- Any couple preparing for a wedding outside of the Archdiocese of Denver but who are completing their marriage preparation should make sure that the preparation complies with all of the local parish and archdiocesan requirements.
- If a couple chooses to do their marriage preparation at a parish other than St. Joan of Arc, but intend to be married here, the pastor will need to give permission for them to do so.
For an appointment contact the office, (303) 420-1232: Andi Weber, x104, E-mail Andi
Sacrament of Holy Orders
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is a three-part sacrament through which men enter ordained service to the Catholic Church as deacons, priests and bishops.
It is through Holy Orders that “the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry.” (CCC 1536)
Men who feel that they may be called by God to become priests should talk with the pastor. They may also contact the Director of Vocations at the Archdiocese of Denver, 303-282-3429. Men who feel that they are being called to the Diaconate may contact the Office of the Diaconate at the same number at the Archdiocese.
If you have been called to the priesthood or diaconate, contact the Vocations Director of the Archdiocese of Denver.
Sacrament (Anointing) of the Sick
It is the Pastor's and Deacons' desire to provide the Sacraments or pastoral visits to our parishioners. Because the Federal Privacy Act (HIPAA) will not allow us to respond if requests are made by friends or some other non-family member, it is important that the patient or a family member let the Pastor or one of the Deacons know when they are needed. When you or a family member are hospitalized or are homebound and are in need of the Sacrament of the Sick, please phone the parish office at 303-420-1232 to arrange for a visit.
It is also recommended that the person or family to inform the hospital or nursing home upon admission that the patient desires visits from the Church.
If you anticipate a hospital stay or have a serious health problem, please ask Father for the Sacrament following Mass or contact the office as soon as possible to set up an appointment. Although it is sometimes impossible to anticipate the need, waiting until the last minute could result in no priest being available or no time for the priest to arrive. Remember, only a priest may provide this Sacrament as it includes remission of sin as well as healing.
The Sacrament of the Sick is a Sacrament of healing and should occur early in an illness when possible so that the patient will be able to participate in it.
The Sacrament proper to the dying is Viaticum, reception of the Holy Eucharist as “food for the journey.” A priest is the ordinary minister of Viaticum; however, this responsibility may be delegated to a deacon or to an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. This is particularly true when the danger of death is imminent; the person’s right to receive the sacrament will then supersede the requirement that the priest administer the Sacrament.
For Anointing or Viaticum, contact the office: (303) 420-1232, (After hours, Extension 404)