Experience Christ's Love
Santa Maria del Popolo invites you to experience our Lord's Grace through the Sacraments. Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist); Healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick) and Service of Communion (Matrimony and Holy Orders) are described below. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 847-949-8300.
Anointing the Sick
"Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life."
- Romans 6:3-4
The sacrament of baptism for an infant or small child is available to both parishioners and non-parishioners of Santa Maria del Popolo. Baptism Formation classes are offered to the parents and godparents of the child. Baptisms may be scheduled through the Parish Office on specific weekends during the month.
"So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."
- 2 Corinthians 5:20
Reconciliation, along with Anointing of the Sick, is one of the two sacraments of healing. Reconciliation takes place every Saturday from 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM in the Church; and on the first and third Saturdays from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in the Church.
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; …whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life;…whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him."
- John 6:51, 54, 56.
For information on the First Holy Communion for children, please contact the Religious Education Director by calling the Parish Office. For information on the first Eucharist for adults, please see Faith Formation - Adults and contact the Parish Office.
"Therefore, let us leave behind the basic teaching about Christ and advance to maturity, without laying the foundation all over again: repentance from dead works and faith in God, instruction about baptisms and laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment."
- Hebrews 6:1-2
Confirmation is a sacrament through which we receive the Holy Spirit to make us stronger and more perfect Christians and true witnesses of Jesus Christ. It is a sacrament of our initiation which began in Baptism and continues in the Eucharist. As the candidates come forward to be confirmed they profess their faith in the Catholic Church and personally take on the responsibility for continuing their own religious journey by regularly participating in Sunday Mass, by continuing their spiritual formation within the Church community, by serving others’ needs, and by spreading and defending the faith in word and deed.
"So (also) husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. "For this reason a man shall leave (his) father and (his) mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
- Ephesians 5:28-31
Arrangements should be made at the Rectory with a priest at least four months in advance.
"You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
- Hebrews 5:6
"The LORD has sworn and will not waver: "Like Melchizedek you are a priest forever."
- Psalm 110:4
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.
"Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.”
– James 5:14-16
The Anointing of the Sick, along with Reconciliation, is one of the two sacraments of healing. The anointing of the Sick is the Sacrament by which Jesus, through the anointing and prayers of the priest, gives health and strength to a person who is seriously ill. In cases of emergency, call the Rectory immediately. An Anointing Mass is celebrated at 8:15 AM on the second Saturday of the month in the Chapel.