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SACRAMENTAL AND PARISH GUIDELINES

NEW PARISHIONERS

Welcome! If you attend here regularly, please register. Registration forms are available in the church foyer or parish office.  To avoid problems or misunderstandings, especially when planning baptisms, marriages, requesting sponsorship forms for baptisms or confirmation, or for other special requests, be sure that you are registered and are an active member.

Active Membership

Active Membership is determined by the following criteria:

1. Being properly registered for a sufficient period of time

2. Faithful attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

3. Use of our envelope system (even if you are not able to contribute) as this allows us to identify your active attendance, and also to provide contribution statements for IRS tax purposes. There are many ways to contribute to the parish other than financially by giving of your time and talents. There are many ministries and activities available, one or more of which may appeal to you.

BAPTISM PREPARATION

BAPTISM PREPARATION requires 3 months active membership plus attendance at a pre-baptismal class.  Pre-registration is required. Also, 3 months active membership is required for the issuance of a sponsorship form to be a godparent for Baptism or Confirmation. 

MARRIAGE

MARRIAGE requires 6 months active participation plus the 6 months marriage preparation period required by the diocese.

RECONCILIATION

Scheduled confessions are every Saturday from 4 - 5 pm and by appointment.

VISITATION OF THE SICK

Please advise the office if you are admitted to the hospital or home-bound due to illness and/or age.

RECEPTION OF THE SACRAMENTS

The Sacraments of the Catholic Church are the saving activity of God effected through the ministry of His Church. It is superstition to attribute the effectiveness of sacraments to their mere external performance apart from the interior dispositions they demand of us. If the sacraments are to have their intended effects, we the recipients must be properly disposed to receive them, which ordinarily includes:

1. To have Catholic Faith and be in full communion with the Catholic Church, and

2. For all except Baptism and Confession, to be in the state of sanctifying Grace, i.e., free of the guilt of serious (mortal) sin which has not been previously reconciled via sacramental absolution in integral confession to a priest. This is a most serious requirement, for one who receives the Eucharist (or any other sacrament of the living) “in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the Body and Blood of the Lord.” cf. 1 Cor 11:27-29; CCC n. 1385

ADULT BAPTISM AND THOSE INTERESTED IN

LEARNING ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish invites adults interested in the Catholic Christian Community to enter RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).  This is a process of instruction, prayer, and experience aimed at helping adults grow in the relationship of faith. Please call the parish office for information.

Office Address: 8 Gillin Dr., Simpsonville SC 29680

Office Phone Number:    864-263-3445

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