Jesus Christ instituted the sacraments of the New Law. They are visible signs of invisible realties. There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life. (CCC 1210*)
The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us; the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions. The Church celebrates the sacraments as a priestly community structured by the baptismal priesthood and the priesthood of ordained ministers. The Holy Spirit prepares the faithful for the sacraments by the Word of God and the faith which welcomes that word in well-disposed hearts. Thus the sacraments strengthen faith and express it. The fruit of sacramental life is both personal and ecclesial. For every one of the faithful on the one hand, this fruit is life for God in Christ Jesus; for the Church, on the other, it is an increase in charity and in her mission of witness. (CCC 1131-1134*)
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (CCC 1213*)
Interested in baptism for your child at Saint Raymond? Wonderful! We look forward to welcoming your child into our Catholic community. To schedule a time for a baptism, please print the downloadable version and submit to the Parish Office. One note – there are no Baptisms during Lent.
Once you have filled in the form, please contact the Parish Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 650-323-1755.
Penance and Reconciliation (Confession)
The confession (or disclosure) of sins, even from a simply human point of view, frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others. Through such an admission man looks squarely at the sins he is guilty of, takes responsibility for them, and thereby opens himself again to God and to the communion of the Church in order to make a new future possible. (CCC 1455*)
Confessions are heard each Saturdays 4:00 – 4:45 pm and 30 minutes before Sunday Masses as well as by appointment, which can be made by calling the Parish Office at 650-323-1755.
The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 1325*)
To arrange for Communion for the Sick and Aged please call the Parish Office 650-323-1755.
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (CCC 1285*)
Preparation RequisitesConfirmation Preparation is a two-year process usually beginning in the 7th Grade, with the Sacrament of Confirmation received in 8th Grade.
Regular attendance and active participation at Mass and Classes is a prerequisite. Both years are required, regardless of whether or not the candidate attends a Catholic school.
Year 1 & 2nd Confirmation Prep 2014-2015
Year 1 Includes, but is not limited to, all of the following components:
Weekly class on Sundays from 9:30am-10:00am
10 hours of service (at least 5 of the 10 hours must be completed with St. Raymond’s)
One Day Retreat (approximately 9am-5:30pm)
Weekly mass attendance
One 15-minute pre-Confirmation Interview
One Overnight Retreat
This year’s Confirmation Retreat for Year 2 Prep is still being decided.
7th grade/1st year Retreat is February 28th from 9:00am-5:00pm.
Confirmation Calendar link: http://www.straymondmp.org/youth-ministry/
In response to the US Bishops’ document, “Renewing the Vision”, ministering to the whole person is a goal of all aspects of our religious education and faith formation so Confirmation students are encouraged to participate in various events, activities, and meetings throughout the year with our middle school youth ministry (or high school youth ministry if the student is older). These varying opportunities include socials, service, and sessions to delve deeper into their faith.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Christine Augulis at email@example.com.
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*)
Our church is ideally located for a wedding in the heart of the peninsula, and we would love to be a part of this special day for couples seeking the sacrament of Matrimony. To discuss a date or arrange a wedding at Saint Raymond, please call the Parish Office 650-323-1755. And congratulations!
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. (CCC 1536*)
For members of our community discerning a call to Holy Orders, for priest and deacon vocations, contact Father Christopher at firstname.lastname@example.org. The USCCB Vocations Website has more general information.
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*)
Please call the Parish Office 650-323-1755 to arrange for Anointing of the Sick.
For information on Sacramental Records, copies of Certificates (Baptism, Marriage, etc.) and Letters of Good Standing for Baptismal Godparents and Confirmation Sponsors, please click here.