"At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'"
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1323
Parents with the desire to baptize children under the age of 7 are required to complete a set of Baptismal Preparation courses. Please contact Deacon Chad Martin at (410) 610-8290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year process, beginning with Confirmation I in 8th grade and Confirmation II in 9th grade. Confirmation is typically celebrated in May or June following the conclusion of year two. Consult the Religious Education website or contact Joanne Pensenstadler at (410) 326-3535 or email@example.com for additional information.
"Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds."
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1316
"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion."
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1422
"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 the sacrament."
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1601
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Registered parishioners should contact the parish office at least six months in advance of the planned date, which should not be finalized until church arrangements are made. Couples prepare for the sacrament with Deacon Andy Geisz.
For those interested in baptism for a child over the age of 7, please contact the parish office for information on Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC).
"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."
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1536
"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."
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1499
"Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission."
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1213
First Holy Communion prerparation begins in 1st grade and is completed in 2nd grade for children who have been baptized and attended two consecutive years of Religious Education or Catholic School. In addition to PREP classes, children and parents are expected to attend FHC workshop, Family Catechesis and parent meetings. Reception of First Holy Communion is celebrated after Easter.
For additional information or to register for religious education, contact Joanne Pensenstadler at (410) 326-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Ken is available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesdays from 5-6PM, Saturdays from 2:00PM-3:30PM, or by appointment.
Children in the PREP program should complete their first reconciliation prior to celebrating First Holy Communion.
If you have questions about the priesthood or deaconate, contact the parish office to speak with Fr. Ken.
High School aged boys should consider attending the Quo Vadis Retreat at Mount St. Mary's University.
Adults interested in Baptism should contact Joanne McCoy at (410) 394-2605 to register for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes are held weekly September - April.
In the event of an emergency, please contact Fr. Ken at (202) 251-0199.
In a non-emergency situation, call the parish office at (410) 326-3535 to make an appointment.
Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church
P.O. Box 560 (Mail)
50 Alexander Ln (Physical)
Solomons, MD 20688
Sacramental Emergencies: 202.251.0199
Office Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm (closed for lunch 12:30pm-1:00pm)
Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church
Adults interested in Confirmation should contact Joanne McCoy at (410) 394-2605 to register for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Classes are held weekly September - April.
Anointing of the Sick
Sacrament of Reconciliation