The sacraments are the way we encounter Jesus Christ in a life-changing way within our parish community and the embrace of the universal Church. Each is a gift of grace that calls us to respond.
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God. We become members of the Body of Christ as we are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. We can’t wait to welcome your child into the life of Christ and our Church through Baptism. If you’re an adult seeking Baptism or thinking about becoming Christian, we are thrilled to be part of your journey. To get started, please fill out the baptism inquiry form and we will reach out to you.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is about the mercy of Jesus Christ. Honestly confessing our sins reconciles us to God and restores us to his grace and intimate friendship. Confession breaks the power of shame and hurt of sin, and restores and revitalizes our relationships within the community of faith in the life of our Church. To receive First Reconciliation, your child needs to be enrolled in faith formation classes and Sacramental Preparation programs. First Reconciliation preparation begins in the child’s second year of Faith Formation, typically in second grade.
To celebrate this sacrament, please refer to times listed below, or you may call 608.833.2600 to schedule a private appointment with Father Bart.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. When we faithfully receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, we grow deeper in communion with God and fellowship with one another. Our Sacramental Preparation program is designed as a faith journey for children and their parents to take together. For your child to receive First Communion, he or she must be enrolled in faith formation classes and Sacramental Preparation programs. First Communion preparation begins in the child’s second year of Faith Formation, typically in second grade. If you’re an adult seeking to receive your First Communion or thinking about becoming Catholic, please contact the parish.
In Confirmation, Christians receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit and deepening of baptismal graces needed to grow as mature disciples of Christ in the life of the Church. Confirmation is celebrated in the spring of the freshman year of high school or later. To get started, please fill out the inquiry form and we will reach out to you. If you’re an adult seeking Confirmation or thinking about becoming Catholic, please contact the parish.
Congratulations on your engagement! The Bible describes God’s plan for marriage as a grace for a happy life and sign of Christ’s faithful and fruitful love for his Bride, the Church. We at STA are excited for you to grow in this love and understanding. This is one of the most exciting (and hectic) seasons in your life. Let us help you get ready for more than just the wedding day. We will guide you through the preparation process. To get started, send an inquiry to our pastoral associate.
HOLY ORDERS (ORDINATION)
Since the time of the Apostles, Christ has personally called forth some men and women to dedicate their lives ministering to the People of God in the service of the Church as a priest or religious sister or brother. Do you feel you may be called to a vocation to the Catholic priesthood or religious life, check out the Madison Diocese’s Vocations website, or contact the parish to have an informal conversation with Fr. Bart.
ANNOINTING OF THE SICK
Jesus showed compassion toward the sick and suffering. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick extends God’s grace of spiritual strength, peace, and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with facing a serious health challenge or advanced age.
Request an Anointing
Anointing is available by appointment during the week, or upon request during the weekend. Please contact us if you or a loved one would like to receive the sacrament.
BECOMING CATHOLIC - RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
Whether you’re looking to take the next step toward becoming Catholic or you just want to ask more questions about the Catholic faith, please contact our parish office to arrange a meeting with our Director of Evangelization. This group of adults typically meets on Sunday mornings at 11:15AM beginning in October and ending in the spring, after Easter.