y offering his living presence here at Mother Seton, Jesus is our intimate companion and point of entry into the very life of the Triune God. The Church teaches that the sacraments are signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church. It is through the sacraments that divine life is given to us, and it is through the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated that their graces are made present.
The sacraments bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131). The laity (those who share in the priesthood of baptism) and the clergy (those who share in the priesthood of ordained ministry) celebrate the sacraments together, prepared by the Word of God and the faith that welcomes that Word. The sacraments strengthen faith and express faith, and their fruit is both personal and for the whole Church. There are seven sacraments. The Catechism of the Catholic Church categorizes them into three groups:
The Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)
Sacrament of Baptism
“Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of the forgiveness of sins: it unites us to Christ, who died and rose, and gives us the Holy Spirit.” --Catechism of the Catholic Church 985
Through Baptism, the human person is washed clean of original sin and restored to the image and likeness of God. The parish welcomes families into the Mother Seton community with a preparation class prior to the Sacrament of Baptism of their child. Baptisms are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, 2:00PM in English; and on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 12PM in Spanish.
Infant and Children under 7 years old: Please schedule a Baptismal Preparation Class and provide Sponsor's Forms from Godparents prior schild's Baptism. To schedule for a prep course and for more information, please contact the Parish Office, 301- 924-3838. If 7 years and older, children are enrolled in School of Religion. Baptism preparation is usually two years. For more information, please contact the Office of School of Religion, 301- 444-3495.
Adults Baptism and Reception into Full Communion: RCIA classes are on Mondays, at 8:00 pm, starting in September through May. For more information, please contact Fr. Lee Fangmeyer, 301-924-3838.
Sacrament of Confirmation
“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
The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred on candidates in the 8th grade for those prepared by our Confirmation preparation class or through the Catholic schools.
Youth older than 8th grade or adults seeking Confirmation can attend classes designed for them. Please contact the parish office or the School of Religion to inquire.
For more information on Confirmation preparation, contact the Parish Office, 301-924-3838. School of Religion, 301-444-4951.
Sacrament of the Eucharist
“In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.’ ‘This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present." –Catechism of the Catholic Church 1374
First Communion is held in May for children in 2nd grade and above who have been prepared to receive the sacrament.
Youth older than 2nd grade contact School of Religion for special classes. Adults seeking first Eucharist (and usually Confirmation) contact the parish office.
For more information, contact the Parish Office, 301-924-3838.
Sick and homebound parishioners should call the Parish Office 301-924-3838, to arrange for a visit from an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
The Sacraments of Healing (Penance & Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick)
Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
"The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God's grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship."–Catechism of the Catholic Church 1468
Men and women are in constant need of the Lord’s mercy, healing and renewal. Come experience the peace that only Christ can give as he washes away your sins, guilt and regret. Receive the grace to “go and sin no more” (Jn 8:11). If you have not been to Confession in a long time, ask the priest to help you. Wondering how to begin? Try this examination of conscience.
Confessions are heard on Saturday from 4-4:45PM and Tuesday from 6-6:45PM, or by appointment with a priest.
Anointing of the Sick
“By the grace of this sacrament the sick person receives the strength and the gift of uniting himself more closely to Christ's Passion: in a certain way he is consecrated to bear fruit by configuration to the Savior's redemptive Passion. Suffering, a consequence of original sin, acquires a new meaning; it becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus.” --Catechism of the Catholic Church 1521
The Sacrament is offered to sick and elderly parishioners in homes, hospitals, and hospices by calling the Parish Office, 301-924-3838.
The Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Matrimony, Holy Orders)
Sacrament of Marriage
“The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament.” --Catechism of the Catholic Church 1660
The Mother Seton parish community rejoices with couples called to the Vocation of Marriage and Family. The first step in planing your wedding is to contact the parish priest or deacon at least six (6) months prior to the wedding. He will assist you in understanding the process and requirements. Once it is determined you are free to marry a date will be set.
Along with meeting with the clergy a marriage preparation course is requiered sometimes referred to a "Pre-Cana". Many options are available, please go to : http://www.adw.org/marriage-prep-schedule for more information.
The clergy and and Director of Music, Amy Masey will assist in planning the liturgy:
Fr. Lee Fangmeyer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Louis Faust, email@example.com
Fr. Santiago Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacon Steve Maselko, email@example.com
Deacon Francis Bendel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacon Fidencio Gonzalez, email@example.com
Amy Massey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacrament of Holy Orders
“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
Men of the parish who feel called to the Sacrament of Holy Orders, either as priests or deacons, are encouraged to talk to the priests of the parish for guidance and counsel. DCPriest has additional resources and support for those who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. For information about the permanent diaconate, visit here. Women of the parish can find resources on the consecrated life here.