At St. Ignatius, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is usually available 10 minutes before each Mass or by appointment, except before the 10:30 AM Mass. Please call the parish office at 410-727-3848 during normal business hours to schedule an appointment at any time.
Catholics believe that the Church heals in the Sacrament of Penance. The Sacrament of Penance (or Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession) is for spiritual healing. Catholics believe Jesus left the Sacrament of Penance because only God’s grace can heal a wounded soul.
Penance helps Catholics atone for sins they’ve committed. Catholics think of sin like a bacteria or virus to the soul. When a person lies, cheats, steals, or murders, it’s like his soul is infected with millions of deadly germs. Sinning not only breaks God’s laws but wounds the sinner spiritually.
Just as tumors are benign or malignant, Catholics believe that sins are venial or mortal. Venial sins inflict a slight wound to the soul, but other sins are so intrinsically evil that they’re considered deadly. They’re called mortal sins, because they can kill grace.
The Holy Eucharist refers to the consecrated bread and wine consumed by Catholics during Communion. Like Baptism, the Holy Eucharist is also considered a Sacrament of Initiation because new members are encouraged to participate regularly and often in Holy Communion.
Of all seven sacraments, the Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is the most central and important to Catholicism. Holy Communion is offered at every Mass, and in fact, the ritual of the Mass is largely taken up with preparing the hosts (wafers made of wheat and water, or gluten-free) and wine to become the body and blood of Christ and the congregation to receive the body of Christ. Transubstantiation is the act of changing the substances of bread and wine into the substances of the Body and Blood of Christ.
The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body and blood present in the consecrated host on the altar, and Catholics believe that the consecrated bread and wine are actually the body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ. For Catholics, the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist isn’t just symbolic, it’s real.
When you receive Holy Communion, you’re intimately united with Jesus Christ — he literally becomes part of you. Also, by taking Holy Communion, you express your union with all Catholics who follow the Christian Catholic Faith.
If you or a family member is homebound or hospitalized and would like to be visited by a Eucharistic minister, or if you need to receive low-gluten hosts, please contact us.
The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
At St. Ignatius the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated during the 12:10 PM Mass on the first Saturday of each month. Contact the parish office to arrange to be anointed in the church before surgery or to be visited at home when ill.
The Catholic Church distinguishes between a legal marriage and the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Sacrament of Matrimony involves two baptized people, one or both of whom are Catholic, becoming husband and wife through a sacred covenant with God and each other.
If the non-Catholic was baptized in a non-Catholic church, she needs documentation verifying Baptism. If she is unbaptized, unchurched, or of a non-Christian religion, she needs to get a special dispensation from the local bishop, which the priest or deacon performing the ceremony can obtain.
Getting ready for matrimony
In most dioceses, Catholics who want to marry are asked to meet with a priest or deacon at least 9 to 12 months before the wedding. During this Pre-Cana period, the priest or deacon offers practical financial and emotional advice to the couple, as well as instructions on the spiritual nature of marriage and Natural Family Planning (NFP). The Catholic Church wants to prevent impulsive, shotgun weddings, or anything done in haste, rashness, or imprudence because matrimony is for life.
Couples planning a wedding at St. Ignatius are required to be registered parishioners and actively supporting the parish for at least nine months before the wedding. Exceptions may be made for graduates of Jesuit schools. Early notice about wedding plans is required so that a date can be scheduled.