Sacraments
The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders. The purpose of the sacraments is to make people holy, to build up the body of Christ, and finally, to give worship to God; but being signs, they also have a teaching function. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and object, they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called "sacraments of faith." The sacraments impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them disposes the faithful most effectively to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God rightly, and to practice charity.

Baptism

"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213).”

The hope for all children is that they receive the Sacrament of Baptism as soon after their birth as possible. If you know that you are going to have a child or have a child who has not yet been baptized, and would like to have that child baptized at St. Joseph’s, please contact the parish office to set up an appointment with our pastor to discuss and prepare for that joyful moment.

If you are an adult and would like to be baptized in the Catholic Church, please visit our page on the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

Confirmation

“By the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285; Lumen Gentium 11)."

The age of Confirmation in the Diocese 
or Pensacola-Tallahassee is 9th grade. However, preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation can take 1-2 years. If you are an adult and would like to be confirmed in the Catholic Church, please contact the parish office to set up an appointment with the priest to discuss how to prepare for the Sacrament and what is involved.

Eucharist

"The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1322).”

If you would like to have your child receive First Holy Communion in the Catholic Church, the customary age for this in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee is the 2nd Grade. Please contact the parish office to set up an appointment with the priest to discuss what is involved in this preparation. It is best to contact the parish towards the end of your child’s 1st Grade year

Penance (Confessions)

Confessions are heard in the church confessional Monday - Friday from 4:30-5:15pm or by appointment. Please call the parish office if you would like to set up an appointment to make your confession. If you would like to set up the appointment anonymously, please make that known when you call. Because the sacramental absolution of this sacrament reconciles a person both with God and with the Church, it may only be celebrated by baptized Catholics.

If, for any reason, you would simply like to have the counsel of a priest, you may approach him in the confessional as well. However, if you foresee that the conversation would be an extended one, it would be best to make an appointment for that purpose.

Anointing of the Sick

Through the sacrament of anointing, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support. Jesus showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do the same. The celebration of this sacrament is an opportunity for the deepening of the faith of the community who are able to witness the faith and devotion of those being anointed.
  

Holy Orders

​​Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The sacred rite by which orders are conferred is called ordination. The apostles were ordained by Jesus at the Last Supper so that others could share in his priesthood.
  

Matrimony

The Church has a rich tradition in its teaching on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.
  

RCIA & RCIC

The Church asks spiritual assistance for the departed, honors their bodies, and at the same time brings solace of hope to the living. The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God's mercy and judgement and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults includes the celebration of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, but also all of the rites of the catechumenate. The initiation of adults is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful.

Together with the catechumens, the faithful reflect upon the value of the paschal mystery, renew their own conversion, and by their example lead the catechumens to obey the Holy Spirit more generously.