A PARISH OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF CHEYENNE
As Catholics, the Sacraments are at the heart of our faith, the unique gifts that Christ has given us to sustain our relationship with Him.
Below you will find information on the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Faith and how they are celebrated here at the Church of St. Anthony of Padua.
Our Religious Education Program coordinates sacramental preparation within the parish for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation celebrations. Typically, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are celebrated in the second grade, Confirmation in the seventh grade. For individuals wishing to become Catholic, opportunity for the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation is available during the Easter Vigil after participation in the RCIA Program. For more information, contact Deacon Rick Moser.
Arrangements for infants should be made well in advance so that parents will have adequate time to prepare for the celebration of Baptism. This preparation includes attendance at pre-Baptism class (required). Please call the Parish Office to schedule.
By reaffirming the promises made at Baptism, Confirmation allows us to become adults in the Church and ambassadors of Jesus Christ. If you would like to be confirmed in the Church, please contact Deacon Rick Moser.
Eucharist, sometimes called Holy Communion, completes Christian initiation. In the Mass, the celebration of the Eucharist, we who are the Church are united to Jesus and to one another through the gift of His Body and Blood. Masses are regularly offered at St. Anthony's, St. Theresa's, and Our Lady of the Valley as noted in our Schedule of Mass and Devotions.
Couples contemplating marriage should contact the Parish Office as soon as they make a decision to marry and at least six months prior to the intended date of marriage to make an appointment so that proper preparations can be made.
If you are thinking about the priesthood or the religious life, please contact Fr. Heston. The Diocese of Cheyenne Vocations Office can also help you answer questions about the priesthood and discern your vocation.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes referred to as Penance or Confession) is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. It is an outward sign instituted by Christ to impart grace to the soul. Catholics are encouraged to celebrate this Sacrament regularly (and at least once each year). Confessions are regularly heard at St. Anthony's, St. Theresa's, and Our Lady of the Valley as noted in our Schedule of Mass and Devotions.
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is for Catholics whose health (physical, spiritual, or emotional) is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. This Sacrament may be
repeated if a person recovers and then becomes ill again, when the illness becomes more serious, or if a person is chronically ill.
Mass is celebrated on Tuesdays in the West Park Hospital Long Term Care Center (LTCC) chapel at 10:00 am and at Absaroka Senior Living on the first Wednesday of every month at 10:00 am in the TV Room. Other sacraments ( Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick) are administered as needed.
If you or anyone you know who is homebound and would like to receive the Sacraments of Anointing, Reconciliation or the Holy Eucharist, please contact the Parish Office during normal business hours. If a parishioner who has not been anointed is in danger of death, you should not hesitate to call the office at any hour.