In the Church's liturgy the divine blessing is fully revealed and communicated. The Father is acknowledged and adored as the source and the end of all the blessings of creation and salvation. In his Word who became incarnate, died, and rose for us, he fills us with his blessings. Through his Word, he pours into our hearts the Gift that contains all gifts, the Holy Spirit.
The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation or Chrismation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
Sacraments are "powers that comes forth" from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are "the masterworks of God" in the new and everlasting covenant.
Can I Be A Godparent or Sponsor?
Parents are asked to please remember that when choosing Catholic godparents for a child who is being baptized, the godparent must be a fully-initiated member of the Catholic Church and a practicing Catholic. "Fully-initiated" means that the person must have been baptized, confirmed and receives the Eucharist. "Practicing" means that the person must attend Mass regularly and support the mission of the parish. (Please keep in mind that Canon Law states that if a person has not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church, he or she cannot be a godparent for baptism nor a sponsor for confirmation). A parent cannot be a sponsor for Confirmation. Sponsor certificates are requested at St. Joseph's. If you will be needing a sponsor certificate (perhaps for another Diocese), we can provide that to registered St. Joseph parishioners.