Jesus Christ instituted the sacraments of the New Law. They are visible signs of invisible realities. There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life. (CCC 1210*)
The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us; the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions. The Church celebrates the sacraments as a priestly community structured by the baptismal priesthood and the priesthood of ordained ministers. The Holy Spirit prepares the faithful for the sacraments by the Word of God and the faith which welcomes that word in well-disposed hearts. Thus the sacraments strengthen faith and express it. The fruit of sacramental life is both personal and ecclesial. For every one of the faithful on the one hand, this fruit is life for God in Christ Jesus; for the Church, on the other, it is an increase in charity and in her mission of witness. (CCC 1131-1134*)
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 in the word.” (CCC 1213*)
Interested in baptism for your child at Saint Raymond? Wonderful! We look forward to welcoming your child into our Catholic community. To schedule a time for a baptism, please fill out this form and submit to the parish office. One note – there are no baptisms during Lent.
Once you have filled in the form, please contact the parish office by email at email@example.com or phone at 650-323-1755. One of our clergy members will be glad to help you prepare for this beautiful sacrament.
The confession (or disclosure) of sins, even from a simply human point of view, frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others. Through such an admission man looks squarely at the sins he is guilty of, takes responsibility for them, and thereby opens himself again to God and to the communion of the Church in order to make a new future possible. (CCC 1455*)
Confessions are heard each Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm or by appointment, which can be made by calling the parish office at 650-323-1755.
Confessions are also offered during Wednesday evening Holy Hour from 7pm to 8pm.
The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 1325*)
To arrange for Communion for the sick and aged, please call the parish office at 650-323-1755.
Thank you for your interest in our Confirmation Preparation Program!
Our mission is to help moms and dads—the first teachers of the Faith—be the best of teachers, by providing support for families and instruction for their children in the Catholic Faith, so that the whole family can grow in relationship to God and form the next generation of Jesus’ disciples for preaching the Gospel. Join us!
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 a sacrament. (CCC 1601*)
Our church is ideally located for a wedding in the heart of the peninsula, and we would love to be a part of this special day for couples seeking the sacrament of Matrimony. To discuss a date or arrange a wedding at Saint Raymond, please call the parish office at 650-323-1755. And congratulations!
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. (CCC 1536*)
The Western Dominican Providence and USCCB Vocations Website has more general information.
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. (CCC 1499*)
Anointing of the Sick and Last Rites is available by appointment. Please talk to the priest after Mass or call the parish office at 650-323-1755 to arrange an appointment. Visits to the homebound are available.
For information on sacramental records, copies of certificates (Baptism, Marriage, etc.) and letters of good standing for baptismal godparents and Confirmation sponsors, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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