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 and in the word.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. Para. 1213
We welcome you and your family with great joy to St. Michael the Archangel parish for the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism for your child. We hope the guidelines below will be helpful as you begin this process.
To inquire into receiving the sacrament of Baptism in English, please contact Sr. Therese Dugan, SND, at (727) 797-2375, Ext 224; en Español - Idania Kessler, (727) 797-2375, Ext 223.
“The Eucharist transforms the worshipping community so that we may be people of hope and action. The fruit of our faith is love and the fruit of our love is service. As we reflect upon the principles of Catholic social teaching, we realize that we are called to work for charity and justice.”
–Living Eucharist: Gathered, Nourished, Sent
The Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch,
Bishop of St. Petersburg
Eucharist celebrates our life together as a community. It is the central act of worship for Catholics. In the Eucharist, Christ is most profoundly present in the Church, which gathers to hear the Word of God and to share the nourishment of Christ's Body with one another.
Eucharist is celebrated by the entire community at all Mass times. Eucharist is also celebrated daily.
First Communion is traditionally celebrated in the Spring of 2nd grade year. Two years of formal instruction in the faith is recommended. Both children and parents participate in the immediate preparation of this sacrament. Youth who are beyond second grade and have not celebrated this sacrament are required to be enrolled in the religious education program and will also participate in preparation for their First Communion.
For additional information or to register for religious education, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Katie White at (727) 797-2375, Ext 243
Confirmation seals our Baptism and confirms our commitment both to the Church and to the work of Christ in the world.
Confirmation for young people is traditionally celebrated in the Spring of the 8th grade year.
A minimum of one year of formal education prior to celebration of the Sacrament is required.
Both candidates and parents participate in the preparation process.
For additional information or to register for Confirmation classes, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Katie White at (727) 797-2375, Ext 243
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, sometimes referred to as "confession" celebrates God's mercy and helps us to experience divine forgiveness. It enables us to return to spiritual health in the family of God, to forgive ourselves and to become reconciled with others.
In addition, Communal Reconciliation Services are scheduled at various times throughout the year (e.g. The seasons of Advent and Lent). Please refer to the bulletin for those times.
"Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over them, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." James 5:14-15.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age. This special grace unites the sick person to the passion of Christ, provides strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings, forgives sins, and restores health if it is conducive to the salvation of the soul. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. Para. 1131 & 1532
St. Michael the Archangel Church celebrates the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick every Saturday morning at the 8:00 Mass. Please alert the sacristan prior to the start of Mass if you wish to receive this sacrament.
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 (bishop), presbyterate (priests), and diaconate (deacons). Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition (Paragraph 1536)
If you feel you are being called to Holy Orders or a religious life, additional information can be found here.