Here are the Sacraments of the Church and how to receive them through St. John the Baptist Parish.
"Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: 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) To learn more about the Church's teachings on the sacraments, read about them in the Catechism of the Catholic Church by clicking on the catechesis link at the end of each of the sacraments listed here.
Sacrament of Baptism
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." – John 3:5
Please call our parish priest at (603)-485-3113 to make arrangements for baptism. If you, or your older child, has not been baptized and desire to receive this Sacrament, we invite you to visit our Initiation for Adults and Older Children page for more information.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
"If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." – John 20:23
Available every Saturday at 3 PM in the church confessional – and also by appointment, 485-3113. We encourage you to receive this sacrament of healing and renewal often.
Sacrament of the Eucharist
"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?" – 1 Corinthians 10:16
"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." – 1 Corinthians 11:26
Celebrated at every Mass, Saturday 4 PM, Sunday 10 AM, first Sunday of the month (Latin Mass) 11:30 AM, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM, and Friday 7:30 AM, as well as Holy Days (see Home page, Seasonal News and Features or our events page.) For those who have not yet received their First Communion, please visit our Children's Education and Initiation of Adults and Older Children pages.
Sacrament of Confirmation
"Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit." – Acts 8:17
Usually celebrated in the Fall for High School Sophomores. We invite adults who are not yet confirmed and, therefore, strengthened in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, to visit our page for Initiation of Adults.
Sacrament of Marriage
" [Jesus] answered, "Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." " – Matthew 19:4-6
Please notify our parish priest at least six months before the proposed date to make timely arrangements and for premarital counseling. Find valuable diocesan resources for the vocation of marriage by clicking HERE – resources for both before and within the sacrament of marriage.
Sacrament of Holy Orders
"Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son." – Acts 20:28
If you believe that God might be calling you to the Priesthood, praise God, pray, and speak with our parish priest to help you discern. Contact the diocesan Director of Vocations, Rev. Jason Y. Jalbert, at (603) 663-0132 or by email [email protected] . If you believe that you might have a vocation as a permanent Deacon, please click HERE for more information.
Sacrament of the Sick and Dying
"Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;" – James 5:14
Please call the office/rectory for this sacrament, 485-3113. Please notify our parish priest if you or a loved one are homebound and would like to receive Holy Communion. If hospitalized, please be sure to specify that you are a Catholic (from the parish of St. John the Baptist in Suncook) and that you are willing to have clergy visits, otherwise we cannot come to see you. The hospital usually calls to give us a list of patients who claim St. John the Baptist, Suncook as their parish.