The seven sacraments are an integral part of what it means to be Catholic. These means of grace have been entrusted to the Church by Christ to be dispensed to the members for our growth in holiness and ultimately for the sake of salvation.
At St. Matthew, we strive to foster an authentic and fruitful participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Below you will find specific information about the celebration of the sacraments for our parish community.
For information on children's preparation to receive the sacraments, visit the Sacramental Preparation page. For information on preparing to receive the sacraments for adults, visit the RCIA page.
Wednesdays: 6:30–6:50 am
Saturdays: 2:00–3:45 pm
St. Matthew Baptism Guidelines
Angelico, Fra, The Baptism of Christ (1450).
Congratulations! We rejoice with you as you prepare to bring your child into the Church. Parents wishing to baptize their child are invited to call the parish office, email Joe Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org), or complete the online registration form. A parish staff member will follow up with you and call as soon as possible. If this is your first child, you will need to attend a baptismal preparation class at the parish, which will be discussed during the phone call. If your family is not yet registered at St. Matthew, we welcome you to officially join our parish family by registering.
Please contact Joe Taylor (email@example.com) to schedule a Baptism.
Godparents help the parents help the child get to heaven. It is not simply a term of endearment, but rather a special and honored responsibility. Therefore, there are certain requirements set in place for the godparents:
- May not be the parent of the child being baptized
- Must be at least 16 years old
- Must be a Baptized, practicing Catholic who has received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation
- Regularly attends Mass, follows Church teachings, and lives out the Faith
- If married, must be married in the Catholic Church
- A baptized non-Catholic may be a Christian Witness along with a Catholic godparent
If the godparents are not from St. Matthew, a Letter of Permission will need to be obtained from their parish before the baptism.
Entry into Christian life gives access to true freedom (CCC 1282).
Please contact the Parish Office at least nine months before the anticipated wedding date.
Holy Communion for the Sick
The priests will bring communion to the sick and shut-in either at the hospital or in the home, upon request. Call the Parish Office to make arrangements (217-359-4224). Please note that current hospital and nursing home policies greatly restrict the ability of the priests or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to exercise this ministry at this time.