Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission..." (CCC 1213)
We are excited to assist you as you prepare to have your child baptized. Baptism preparation class is held the third Sunday of each month following the last morning Mass. Baptisms are the first, second and third Sunday of the month after the last morning Mass. Please click here to contact the church office or call 410-257-3810 to schedule.
First Holy Communion
The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it (CCC 1324).
The Eucharist is the real, true and substantial presence of Jesus's body, blood, soul and divinity. Baptized second graders who are registered members of JGS receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Completing first grade children's faith formation is a prerequisite.
Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the "character," which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of His Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness (CCC 1304).
All students whose families are registered at JGS entering 9th grade receive an invitation to enter our Confirmation preparation program. We begin in September with a kickoff retreat and continue meeting bi-monthly in small groups on Sunday evenings. Several retreats and community building projects occur before Confirmation is celebrated in the spring. More details on Confirmation.
"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion" (CCC 1422).
Reconciliation is offered on Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in our church chapel. Reconciliation is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in His love and mercy. If you've been away from the Sacrament, the Archdiocese offers a helpful guide to Confession. Can't get to JGS? Visit, the Light is On, to check Confession times at other area churches.
anoiNting of the Sick
"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ" (CCC 1499).
If you or someone you know is gravely ill, about to undergo a serious operation, or is in danger of death, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a grace-filled way for Jesus to come to your aid. Please click here to contact the church office or call 410-257-3810 to schedule.
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament" (CCC 1601).
We are honored to play a role in the beginning of your married life. Please do not settle on a date before your pre-nuptial interview with Father Mike or Deacon Paul. Arrangements will need to be made at least one year in advance due to the preparation needed for sacramental marriages. Only those who are currently registered at JGS and actively participating may be married at JGS. Please click here to contact the church office or call 410-257-3810 to schedule.
"Holy Orders is the sacrament through which 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. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate" (CCC 1536).
A religious vocation to the priesthood or to the consecrated religious life is a gift from God by which He calls someone to follow His Son, Jesus, in a unique way. If you are discerning a vocation and would like to talk with Father Mike, please call 410-257-3810. More info on the priesthood and the religious life is available at https://adw.org/vocations/priesthood/