Sacraments at St. Mark

Sacraments

The Sacraments are an important part of our every day life as Catholics. It is through the Sacraments that Jesus is present to us in the unique context of His promises. Whether it be a daily Sacrament offered such as Communion, or a one-time Sacrament such as Baptism, Jesus stands ready to pour out His Holy Spirit in a special and powerful way through the Sacraments He left to His Church.

Baptism

Baptism for Infants

baptismal font

Children up to the age of reason (age six) may be baptized at the parent’s request. At least one of the parents must be an active Catholic who is committed to raising their child in the Catholic faith. Parents and godparents are required to attend a Baptism preparation class prior to the baptism. (Register for Baptism preparation classes.)

Godparents must be practicing Catholics registered in a parish, at least 16 years old and must have celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation and if married, married in the Catholic Church. If the godparents are members of another faith community, they can attend a Baptism preparation class in their home parish. If parents or godparents have attended other Baptism preparation classes within the past two years, the decision for any additional preparation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you anticipate presenting your child for Baptism, arrangements should be made well in advance in order to adequately prepare for the celebration of Baptism. Pre-registration for the class is required.

Communal Baptisms in English are held on the first Saturday morning of the month. Communal Baptisms in Spanish are held on the second and fourth Saturday mornings of the month.

Contacts: Call Joyce Harris in the Parish Life Ministry Office at 972-423-5600 or jharris@stmarkplano.org for more information.

Baptism for Children

Children up to the age of reason (typically age six or seven), may be baptized at the parents’ request without prior preparation, other than the necessary baptismal preparation class for parents and godparents.

For infant baptisms, including children through age seven, please contact the Joyce Harris at 972-423-5600 ex 271 or email jharris@stmarkplano.org

Children age seven and older who have not been baptized would participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, adapted for children, which will prepare them for full initiation into the Church. This process is a family process (for parents and child(ren) and meets on Wednesday evenings (English) or Sunday afternoons (Spanish) and also includes weekly Mass attendance. See below for additional information.

Contacts:

Please call Ruth Sanchez for children over 7 years old at 972-423-4715, ext. 225, or e-mail rsanchez@stmarkplano.org.

Baptism for Adults

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA is the process the Church has given to welcome members into full initiation and communion with the Catholic Church.

The RCIA process is for the un-baptized adult, the baptized adult in another Christian denomination, or the baptized Catholic adult who is un-catechized, and never celebrated Eucharist and/or Confirmation. The full RCIA process may not be needed or required for those who are already baptized in another faith tradiiton or for those baptized Catholic, who are lacking Confirmation and Holy Communion. The RCIA process is also for children who are of catechetical age (7 yrs. or older) and are unbaptized. We offer sessions for adults and children/families in both English and Spanish.

Learn more on our adult faith formation page.

If you are interested in additional information, please contact the Evangelization Department at 972-423-5600.

Reconciliation

The sacrament celebration in which, through God’s mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ’s Body, which is wounded by sin. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 896)

Confessions are Wednesdays at 5:00 PM and Fridays at 6:00 PM. Call the parish office at 972-423-5600 if you have questions.

Eucharist

The ritual, sacramental action of thanksgiving to God which constitutes the principal Christian liturgical celebration of and communion in the paschal mystery of Christ. The liturgical action called the Eucharist is also traditionally known as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is one of the seven sacraments of the Church; the Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 877)

Holy Eucharist to the hospital, nursing home or shut-in: At St. Mark the Evangelist, we offer Holy Eucharist to parishioners unable to attend Mass. Communion ministers bring Holy Eucharist to those who are in the hospital, in nursing homes, and to anyone unable to leave their home.

Contact: To request a Communion Minister, contact the St. Mark Parish Office at 972-423-5600.

Confirmation

One of the Sacraments of Initiation into the Church, together with Baptism and Eucharist. Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 872)

Youth & High School Confirmation: There is a two year middle school program for youth and high school age students. For more information, please contact the St. Mark Evangelization Office at 972-423-5600.

Marriage

A covenant or partnership of life between a man and woman, which is ordered to well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children. When validly contracted between two baptized people, marriage is a sacrement. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 887)

Requirements for Marriage: By diocesan regulation, arrangements for weddings must be made at least six (9) months in advance of the date of the marriage. This amount of time is required to reserve the Church, plan the ceremony and attend an approved Engaged program. Diocesan police, regarding those under their 20th birthday by the date of the marriage, requires interviews with the parish priest or deacon and a professional counselor, and approval by the bishop’s office before a wedding date can be reserved.

Contact: To schedule your prenuptial interview, schedule your wedding date, and sign-up for your Marriage Preparation Classes, call the St. Mark Family & Adult Ministry Office.

Wedding Guidelines: At St. Mark, we have prepared Wedding Guideline booklet to assist you in the planning of your ceremony. It is available in both English and Spanish. After you have completed you prenuptial interview with the St. Mark Family & Adult Ministry Office, a St. Mark Wedding Coordinator will be assigned to assist you with the planning of your wedding ceremony. All weddings held in the main sanctuary are required to have a St. Mark Wedding Coordinator. To view and print one of the guidelines, click on English Wedding Guidelines or Spanish Guía de Bodas. You will also need to complete the Wedding Information sheet in English and Spanish.

Vocations to Priesthood & Religious Life

For information on Vocations to the Priesthood or Religious Life, contact Fr. Edwin Leonard or Sister Margaret Langsett at 214-379-2860.

Prayer for Vocation
Father, You so loved the world
that in the fullness of time
You sent Your only Son, Jesus, to be our Savior.
We now ask You, the Master of the Harvest,
to send workers into the harvest.
For the harvest is great,
but the workers are few.
Bless the vineyard of the world
with priest and religious
who will teach in Your Son’s name,
walk in His footsteps,
and break bread in His memory.
Amen.

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the sick is intended for the strengthening and healing of those who are ill, elderly or about to undergo an operation. It is a normal part of Catholic life not just for the dying, but for anyone who is seriously ill. It may be received when a person is at home or in the hospital.

Contact: St. Mark Parish Office at 972-423-5600.