Sacramental Preparation | Rabbouni Catholic Community
The Eucharist is the place that we come with grateful hearts to give thanks to God and to be formed and find guidance for our lives in the Word. The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life. Sunday after Sunday we come together as a community to be nourished and to support one another in our journey. At Rabbouni you will experience a close encounter with the Christ who becomes present to us in the bread and wine, in the people who gather, in the readings and songs and in the presider. Every Eucharistic celebration is a life changing experience because no one remains the same after an encounter with Christ. If you have children who would like to be prepared for First Eucharist please contact one of our clergy.
Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation. Baptized as an infant, one is initiated into a process of awakening to a relationship with God who spoke them into being. As adults, we have a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) that culminates in full initiation through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, usually at the Easter Vigil. Baptism, confirmation and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. If you have a child that you would like baptized or if you are an adult that has not been baptized, or who has been baptized in another tradition and now wishes to deepen your relationship with Christ within this catholic communion, please contact one of our clergy.
This can be called the sacrament of relief, where we come, and in strict confidence admit the wrong we have done. It is a sacramental encounter with God’s love where we seek guidance, forgiveness and ways to make amends. This can be a truly cleansing and uplifting encounter with the God who loves us like a good Father or Mother and wants us to be our best. At Rabbouni, we invite you to contact one of our clergy whenever you choose to celebrate this wonderful sacrament. The sacrament can only be celebrated in person. If you have a child that would like to be prepared for their First Reconciliation, please contact one of our clergy.
Marriage is a lifelong covenant relationship between two people and we welcome the blessing of your love relationship at Rabbouni Catholic Community. Whether you are a straight couple or a gay couple, we welcome you and will marry you! Please contact Fr. Chibundi or Fr. Kevin at least 3 months prior to your wedding date. Weddings can be conducted at your place of choice.
Let us walk with you during the difficult moments of saying our goodbyes to our loved ones as they leave us and are born into eternity. Prayer and especially the mass is a great way to say our goodbyes. Please contact the pastor and know that mass can also be celebrated at the funeral home.
This sacrament, once called “Extreme Unction,” given only near death, is now more properly restored to its place as a sacrament of healing and comfort to those who are sick in body, mind or spirit. This sacrament can be a source of great comfort for the sick person and imparts healing (sometimes physical) and strength. At Rabbouni, we celebrate the Anointing of the Sick at various times through the year in healing Masses which are very moving. The sacrament can also be celebrated anytime upon request. Please note that Fr. Lawman looks at this sacrament as a sacrament of healing and so do not wait until death is immanent. Many have experienced the healing power of Christ in and through this wonderful sacrament.