St. Joseph Ellinwood, KS and Immaculate Conceptoin Claflin, KS

Baptism

Baptism makes one a member of the body of Christ and incorporates one into the Church, sharing in its mission. The principal effects of Baptism are purification from sins and a new birth in the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church baptizes all ages. For infants the Church requires formation and catechists for parents in preparation for the baptism of their children. Only one class is required. Adolescents and adults are prepared for Baptism through a process called the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation). Please call the church office if you or your child needs to be baptized.

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Fr. Terrance Klein
Pastor

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Reconciliation

The rite of reconciliation, often called "confession" is the sacrament in which Christ forgives our sins and reconciles us to our fellow Christians. Its sign or ceremony is the sinner's showing his sorrow by acknowledging his sins and the priest's words of forgiveness and reconciliation in Christ's name. The Rite of Reconciliation can be celebrated any time, please call the church office for an appointment or refer to the weekly bulletin for a scheduled time.

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Pastor
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Eucharist

Christ's presence among us in the Eucharist (Holy Communion) has always been a key teaching of the Catholic faith. It has been the constant teaching of the Church from the beginning; the clear belief found in early Christian documents is overwhelming. Through bread and wine Christ becomes present in the Eucharistic celebration; somehow Christ himself is now truly present under this form of food as St. Paul says succinctly. (1 Corinthians 11, 27-30) Usually First Eucharist is celebrated in the Second grade.

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Pastor
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Confirmation

Confirmation is the completion of baptism, the giving of the full power of a Christian. "Confirmation" means a strengthening -- this sacrament strengthens and increases what we receive at baptism, particularly the power of bearing witness to Christ. To emphasize this, the ceremony of confirmation includes a renewal of our baptismal promises. We now become full-fledged members of the Church, lay apostles in the fullest sense. The age for celebrating confirmation in our parish is the 7th and 8th grade. The bishop normally confirms these young people in a special ceremony. Adults who are not confirmed can be confirmed when the Bishop comes or at the Easter Vigil. Please call the Church office if you need to be confirmed.

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Pastor
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Marriage

Marriage is the sacrament by which Christ joins a Christian man and woman in a grace-giving, lifelong union. Thus any two baptized people capable of marriage, when they are freely and legally married thereby receive the sacrament of marriage. Christ joins them together. The couple give the sacrament of marriage to each other in what is probably the most important exercise of their priesthood. As the ordained priest is Christ's instrument in bringing about the Eucharist or in giving Christ's forgiveness in confession, so the husband gives this sacrament to his wife, and she to him. Any Catholic young adult (18 years and older) is able to get married in the Catholic Church. If a person is divorced and wants to marry or remarry in the Catholic Church they can "petition" to be free to marry. Four to six months preparation is required before the marriage of a Catholic. These preparations include participation in an Engaged Encounter weekend and counseling with the Prepare and Enrich instrument (a pre-marital inventory). The annulment of a marriage may be sought by contacting the pastor.

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Pastor
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Holy Orders

Men become priests today as always -- by the sacrament of holy orders -- the laying on of the bishop's hands and prayer. Through this sacrament Christ changes the man interiorly, giving him the powers of the priesthood. There are different orders or degrees in the priesthood: a deacon, a priest, and a bishop. Some men choose to remain a "permanent" deacon. If this is the case, they are able to be married. Priests and bishops are not married, although there are some priests who are ministers from another faith tradition who join the Catholic Church and want to serve as a priest. If you have any questions or interested in the priesthood please call the Church Office.

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Pastor
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Anointing of the Sick

In the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, Christ uses the anointing and prayers of the priest to give comfort and strength to the soul and to the body of one seriously ill. We meet Christ here to receive his healing comfort, strength, and pardon. Anyone who is seriously ill, mentally or physically, may take part in it -- or a condition which is so serious as to demand surgery with a general anesthetic or even one who is weak from old age. St. Joseph parish celebrates a communal Anointing twice a year, once in March and once in October. Don't be afraid to call for the Pastor to minister this sacrament at every serious change in your condition.

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Fr. Terrance Klein
Pastor

620-564-2534
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Communion to Sick & Shut-Ins

We shall be happy to bring Holy communion to those who cannot attend Weekend Mass. Please call the Church Office.

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Funeral Information

Every Catholic has a right to be buried with the funeral rites of the Catholic Church. The funeral rites include a Vigil the evening before the actual funeral and the burial after the funeral itself. Catholics are allowed to be cremated but cremation is not encouraged due to the respect for the human body.

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Fr. Terrance Klein
Pastor

620-564-2534
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