The Sacraments

Baptism | Reconciliation | Eucharist | Confirmation | Matrimony | Holy Orders | Anointing of the Sick

A Sacrament is God’s love expressed as a free, undeserved gift.  God uses visible signs to communicate invisible love.  The Church witnesses to and celebrates the sacraments.

A sacrament is a powerful sign that God is alive and present in the world.  At Church, we are called to be sacrament, that is to be God’s hand and healing touch in the world.  At the same time, we celebrate the sacraments as our most important prayer.  This Church that celebrates sacraments is global, reaching to other faith communities throughout the world and joined in a common bond.  The Church is also local as a diocese or archdiocese, as a parish and as a community of faith in families.The Love of God has been poured into our hearts by His Spirit living in us.

 

Baptism

Infant Baptism:

Please call the parish office to register for the class in advance.  There is no charge for the class but we do ask that you register beforehand.

If you cannot stop by the parish office to pick up the necessary form, you may download this fillable PDF form: Baptism Information Form

 

Once the form is complete, you may e-mail the form to lhill@corpuschristicos.org or bring the completed form to the parish office.

Adult Baptism:

Adults who have not been baptized, and wish to do so, should contact Gary Niemerg at the parish office 719.633.1457 ext 15

 

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Saturday afternoons (see Mass schedule for times).

The normal time for children to receive their 1st Reconciliation is at the age of reason (approx. 7 years-old). We encourage all 2nd graders to be registered in our 1st Reconciliation workshops. 

Note: The Diocese of Colorado Springs requires that at least one full year of formal religious education should be taken before receiving this sacrament.

If you have any questions, please call Gary Niemerg at the parish office. 719.633.1457 ext 15

 

 

Eucharist

The normal time for children to receive their 1st Eucharist is in the Spring of their 2nd grade year. All 2nd graders need to be registered in our 1st Eucharist workshops. If you have any questions, please call Gary Niemerg at the parish office. 719.633.1457 ext 15

 

Confirmation

Confirmation preparation normally occurs during the 8th grade school year, with the sacrament itself being celebrated in late April or May. (Please note that at least one full year of formal religious education is required prior to the 8th grade year.)

Please contact Gary Niemerg at the parish office for more information: 719.633.1457 ext 15.

For additional details about Confirmation at Corpus Christi, please visit Corpus Christi Confirmation.

 

Matrimony

Congratulations on your engagement for Marriage!  May God bless you and your fiancée on your journey toward a closer relationship with Him and His Church!

CCL Magazine Jan 2016Corpus Christi newly weds featured on the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of the Couple to Couple League magazine. Click the image (right) to read more.

Marriage Preparation Process at Corpus Christi Parish
The celebration of your wedding is contingent on completion of the preparation process as set forth by the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

This preparation process includes:
1. Initial interview with the priest or deacon
2. FOCCUS Inventory process
3. Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat
4. Natural Family Planning (NFP) sessions
5. Marriage preparation course
6. Additional meetings with priest or deacon to review all necessary paperwork including ceremony.

Please note: Members of a parish other than Corpus Christi, within the boundaries of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, need to send a letter with your entire marriage preparation file from your priest or deacon verifying the completion of your marriage preparation to the parish office at Corpus Christi at least four weeks prior
to your wedding date.

If your marriage preparation is completed outside of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, your marriage preparation packet must be sent from your local diocese or archdiocese to the Diocese of Colorado Springs Chancellor’s office at least six weeks prior to your wedding date with a letter indicating your marriage is to take place at Corpus Christi.

In either case above, you should discuss your marriage plans with the deacon or priest assisting you at Corpus Christi as soon as you know you intend to celebrate your wedding at Corpus Christi.

Paperwork needed:

1. Catholics provide proof of Baptism issued by Baptismal Church 6 months prior to wedding date. Non-Catholic Christians also must provide proof of baptism.

2. Marriage Information Form/MA Form completed by Bride and Groom (this is usually done at the initial interview with priest or deacon).

3. Freedom to Marry/MB Form signed in the presence of Pastor or Deacon by relative or longtime friend of Bride and Groom.

4. If one of the parties to be married is not Catholic a Request for Dispensation/MC Form completed and signed by Bride or Groom (this is also completed with the priest or deacon assisting you).

5. A decision with the priest or deacon preparing you will need to be made as to whether it will be “The Marriage Rite during Mass” or “The Marriage Rite Outside of Mass”, in either case, the couple must fill out the information on the worksheet in the wedding preparation booklet (Together For Life)  (this is done with the priest or deacon assisting you in preparation).

6. Contact the Music Director to have the music approved and discuss the ceremony prior to the wedding date (as soon as a date is confirmed on the Church calendar).
All music must be live and approved. No recordings or secular music are permitted.

7. Make arrangements for the rehearsal at least 30 days in advance of the wedding date (Saturdays before 2:00pm is the time that the Church is most often available for weddings). Be sure to discuss dates and times with the priest or deacon who is presiding at your wedding ceremony.

Fees/ Paperwork/Dos & Don’ts

1. Request for Dispensation/MC Form (if one of the parties to be married is not Catholic). Please include payment of $30.00 payable to the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

2. Please bring your marriage license to the Church office one week prior to the wedding which we will keep in your marriage file until the Marriage Ceremony.

3. Please bring a copy of your readings to the rehearsal and the Together For Life booklet.

4. The use of rice, birdseed, popcorn, confetti, potpourri, flower petals (fresh or artificial), bubbles, etc. is not permitted inside or outside of the Church. Further, the church’s decorations and furniture may not be altered or moved in any way. Please discuss this with the priest or deacon assisting you.

5. Dressing room provided for bride and bridesmaids. Groom and groomsmen should come dressed and will be provided with a room to gather.

6. Use of a Unity or Remembrance Candle is not part of the Roman Rite and is not allowed. It is no longer permissible to place flowers at the statue of the Blessed Mother within the marriage ceremony.

7. Photographers should at no time be in the Sanctuary (at Corpus Christi this is defined by salmon carpeted area), and should be as inconspicuous as is possible during the entire ceremony. Photographers are reminded that they should not take pictures during the reading of Sacred Scripture or during the recital of prayers and promises unless they are in the rear of the church and will not create a distraction. Further, the proper respect due to the house of God should be considered when posing for pictures inside the Church.

8. Suggested Church Offering:
*Parishioner/$500.00 Non-Parishioner/$1,000.00

*A parishioner is defined as one who lives within the territorial boundaries of the parish, or is registered with Corpus Christi, attends Mass regularly, and contributes a tithe or offering on a regular basis. Note that unless you volunteer for a ministry, offerings by envelope or check are the only way we know you are a participating member of the parish. Though the Catholic Church is universal, Catholics only have a right to be married in their own parish church.

9. Suggested Stipends:
Presider (Priest or Deacon): A freewill offering between $100 t0 $200 in appreciation for their time.
Cantors & Instrumentalists: To be negotiated directly with musicians prior to the wedding.

 

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament by which people called by God are ordained for ministry in the Church to serve God and all of God’s people. It is called Holy Orders, in the plural, because there are three different ministries, or orders: episkopos (bishop), presbyter (priest), and diakonos (deacon).

There are two kinds of deacons, permanent deacons and transitional deacons. The transitional deacon is a man who either has completed or is completing his seminary training and intends to be ordained a priest. A permanent deacon is a man who may be married who has discerned that he wants to serve as an ordained minister in the Church; however, he does not intend to become a priest but he takes a vow not to remarry once his spouse dies. Deacons proclaim the Gospel and preach homilies, witness marriages, baptize, and assist the priest in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. He is also assigned by the bishop to a pastoral care ministry, such as to a hospital, prison, hospice, Life Support Center, etc.

You may find more information about becoming a priest of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, how to become a permanent deacon in this diocese, or more about other religious communities serving in the Diocese of Colorado Springs at their web page.

Please contact the Diocese of Colorado Springs Office for Vocations for more information. 719.636.2345

 

Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of anointing is for Christians whose health (physical, spiritual, or emotional) is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. In the past, people were in the custom of waiting to receive this sacrament until they were close to death. Although one may receive the sacrament as they near death, they should not wait to receive it. In fact, it can be better to be anointed at the beginning of serious illness while the sick person is still capable of active participation in the ritual.This sacrament may be repeated if a person recovers and then becomes ill again; when the illness becomes more serious; or if the person is chronically ill. Please contact Fr. Mark Zacker at the parish office for more information. 719.633.1457 ext 11