Anointing of the Sick

Arrangements for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be made by calling the Cathedral Office (473-4633) or by speaking to one of the priests after Mass. If the person is actively dying, call the office, press 2 for the emergency line, and leave a message. We try to respond promptly to requests to anoint our parishioners.

Parishioners are encouraged 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 should baptize their children as soon after birth as possible. Those who have not done so may register their children in our Sunday morning religious education program. Registration takes place every year in August; classes begin in September and end in May. 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 (Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation) 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/Adults and should receive the sacraments of initiation alongside their parents.

Contact Rebecca Longoria in the Cathedral Office for information.

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.

First Eucharist and First Reconciliation (Confession)

The normal age for children to receive first Holy Communion is 2nd Grade. All candidates should 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 must be enrolled and attend Religious Education through 1st and 2nd Grade in order to receive 1st Communion and 1st Reconciliation at the end of 2nd Grade.

Registration takes place every year in August; classes begin in September and end in May.

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

Mass Intentions

It has long been a custom in the Catholic Church to have a Mass offered for someone who is deceased or for a special intention (i.e. for the recovery of one who is ill, an anniversary or birthday, or for a special prayer). The priest then makes it his intention during Mass to remember the particular request made.

 

At St. Mary's, we celebrate sixteen Masses each week. While our Masses are often well attended, most of the people present are visitors from other nearby parishes. Because of this, we have many Masses without scheduled intentions through most of the year.

 

If you would like to have a Mass offered, you may call or stop by the parish office during regular business hours or drop a note in the collection basket. Cards are provided on request by the parish to send to the family of the deceased or to the person for whom the Mass is offered. We publish the Mass intentions each week in our parish bulletinThe usual offering for a Mass intention in our ecclesiastical province is $10.00.

 

While it is not required for the priest to announce the intention at Mass, at St. Mary's our priests normally do. The intention of the Mass is the priest's prayer for the Mass, but not necessarily the prayer of the entire community. Each person present brings to the Eucharist his or her own prayers or special intentions to offer to God as well.

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 May).

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 during the six weeks between Easter and Pentecost. 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.

Vocations to the Priesthood or Religious Life

Those who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life should contact the diocesan offices.