Anointing of the Sick

Arrangements for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be made by calling the Cathedral Office (473-4633).

Parishioners are urged to call whenever they or a family member are sick and/or hospitalized. Arrangements can be made for Holy Communion to be brought to the sick and homebound by an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC).

Please have someone notify the Cathedral Office if you are seriously ill or will be hospitalized.

Anointing of the Sick is celebrated communally at the 12:10 pm Mass every year on the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11th.

Infant Baptism (age 6 and below)

You must be a registered and active parishioner for at least six months to have your child baptized at St. Mary's.

Procedure for Infant Baptism

1. Call the Cathedral Office to register for Baptism Class (719) 473-4633

You can download and print your own Baptism Packet or pick one up in the Cathedral Office

2. Attend the Baptism Class (for parents and godparents)

You will receive a letter stating you attended the Baptism Class (document 1)

3. Complete Baptism Packet

Child Info (document 2)

Godfather Info (document 3) must be filled out by Godfather in the presence of his pastor

Godmother Info (document 4) must be filled out by Godmother in the presence of her pastor

4. Obtain a copy of the child’s Birth Certificate (document 5)

5. Turn in all five documents to the Cathedral Office for review. We will not accept incomplete or partial packets.

6. The Cathedral Office will call you to schedule the Baptism.

School Age Baptism (age 7-17)

Catholic parents who have been remiss in their duty to educate their children in the faith should register their school age children in our Sunday morning religious education program. Registration takes place every year in August; classes begin in September and end in April. The children will need to have at least three years of faith formation before any sacraments will be given, but all of the sacraments of initiation should be given at the same time. Each situation will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine what is pastorally appropriate.

Children of non-Catholic parents who are becoming Catholic should participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children and should receive the sacraments of initiation alongside their parents.

Contact Rebecca Longoria in the Cathedral Office for information.

First Eucharist and First Reconciliation (Confession)

The normal age for children to receive first Holy Communion is 2nd Grade. All candidates must be at least 7 years old at the beginning of the Academic year, and have reached the age of reason (the ability to know right from wrong and to understand that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ).

The Diocese of Colorado Springs requires that all candidates must have been enrolled and participating in Religious Formation for two years before receiving a sacrament. This means children should be enrolled in Religious Education in 1st Grade to receive 1st Communion and 1st Reconciliation in 2nd Grade.

Registration takes place every year in August, classes begin in September.

Parents are required to attend Parent Preparation sessions in either English or Spanish. Contact Rebecca Longoria in the Cathedral Office for more information.

Youth Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It imprints a character, enriches by the gifts of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church. (Canon Law #879)

Confirmation candidates, sponsors, and parents are invited into a time of preparation through a series of Confirmation classes, assigned readings and questions, retreat experiences, and social service projects. The following is general information outlining the Confirmation preparation requirements:

The normal age for confirmation in the Diocese of Colorado Springs is 8th Grade.

Candidates for confirmation must have completed the previous year of religious education at Mary's, in a Catholic school, or another parish's religious formation program.

Registration takes place every year in August. Candidates must maintain attendance and participation in Confirmation Preparation sessions throughout the academic year (September through April).

Candidates, parents, and sponsors are expected to participate regularly in the weekly Sunday liturgy and in the faith formation of the youth during this process.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Longoria in the Cathedral Office.

Adult Catholic Confirmation (in English & Spanish)

Candidates must be beyond high school age and baptized Catholic. Classes are offered each spring. Adult Confirmation takes place every year on Pentecost Sunday. Candidates should register with the Cathedral Office one week prior to Ash Wednesday. Contact Esperanza Griffith at the Catholic Pastoral Center for more information.

Marriage Preparation

Marriage preparation begins 1 full year prior to the wedding date. This allows time to meet with the Priest or Deacon, determine pastoral needs or unresolved sacramental issues, counsel with a FOCCUS couple, attend Marriage Preparation Classes, Natural Family Planning training, Engaged Encounter retreat, and plan the actual wedding ceremony. For more information, you can download a copy of our Wedding Policy. Contact Deacon Mark Griffith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to begin the marriage preparation process.

RCIA

The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and provides appropriate spiritual and intellectual formation according to each person’s needs through the RCIA Process. Contact Deacon Frank Ricotta for more information.