Through participation in the sacraments, we encounter Jesus and come to a fuller understanding of the ways in which God’s grace is active in our lives.

Catholics celebrate the sacraments together as a Christian community, allowing us to witness, share and support each other in the sacramental life.

Baptism

St. Mary Student Parish is grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the miracle of new life and welcome new members into our parish family through the Sacrament of Baptism.

Those wishing to have their children baptized at St. Mary Student Parish should be registered members here for at least three months and active, contributing members of the parish.  To arrange a baptism and to begin the preparation, please contact the parish office.

Baptism preparation classes are held once a month on a Monday at 7:00 pm.  Parents who are preparing to have their child baptized in the Catholic faith should pick up a baptism preparation packet from the Parish Office at least one week prior to the class they plan to attend.  The packet contains articles and discussion questions for parents and godparents.  During the class there is an opportunity to ask questions and schedule the baptism date.  The class is required to be taken only once.  It does not need to be repeated for additional children.

For baptisms in English, we offer baptisms for one child only on most Sundays at 10:00 am, 12 noon and 5:00 pm. For baptisms in Spanish, we offer baptisms on the first and third Sunday of the month after the 2pm Spanish mass.

Godparents

Godparents have a great responsibility in helping to raise your child in the Catholic faith.  They should not be chosen simply because they are friends or family, but because they are active members of the Catholic Community who will provide a fine example of faith for your child throughout his or her lifetime.

A person may have only one or two godparents (no more than two); if two are chosen, one must be male and one female.

Godparents must be at least 16 years old, be a Catholic who has received the holy Eucharist and is confirmed.  We need a letter from the godparent’s Church stating they are a member in good standing.  They are also encouraged to take a baptism class.

A baptized person who belongs to another Christian community may be admitted as a “Christian witness” (not a godparent) provided there is a least one Catholic godparent who fulfills the above criteria.  A non-baptized person cannot be a witness.

For more information on baptisms at English Masses, contact Carol Konczal
For more information on baptisms in Spanish, contact Amy Ketner

Children’s Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation and First Communion

We traditionally begin preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion in 1 st Grade and the children receive the Sacrament in 2nd Grade. Sacramental Preparation is a HOME-BASED Program through the Faith Formation Program that provides opportunity for the children and their families to prepare as per the Church’s teaching, “as to understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity and receive the Body of the Lord with faith and devotion.” The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is received in February and First Communion is received in early May.

Please see the Faith Formation page for more information, including registration information.

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation enables the faithful to be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, strengthening them in their Christian life.

We will be learning, sharing and serving together as we prepare for the completion of the gifts and graces received at Baptism. We will meet two Sundays a month from 3:15-4:30pm from September to early Spring.

Teens will have the opportunity to grow in their faith, knowledge and friendship with Christ as they prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation in early Spring.

Please see the Faith Formation page for more information, including registration information.

Marriage

St. Mary Student Parish is happy to help engaged couples prepare for their marriage that they will celebrate here in the parish, or frequently for University of Michigan students back in their home parish. St. Mary requires nine months for this preparation.

To begin your preparation for marriage, contact Julie Mussio at the parish office and make an appointment to come in and speak with a priest. We will review the program guidelines with you, help you set a date, and assist you in being more aware of the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Faith.

We know that marriage is a significant step in anyone’s life, and we are honored to help you celebrate this lifelong commitment to one another in Christ. Whether you’re completing your preparation here at St. Mary or elsewhere, you can find more information below:

Wedding Brochure for Marriage & Preparation
Wedding  Couple Info Sheet & Reflection Questions
Marriage Reading Selections
Wedding Music

Reconciliation

Reconciliation is held twice weekly at St. Mary Student Parish:

Wednesday at 6:00 PM following the 5:10 PM daily Mass
Sunday at 7:30 PM (school year only)

We invite you to include the Mass in your Confession visit.

If you are unable to attend our regularly scheduled Reconciliation time, we invite you to please call the Parish Office and make an appointment to come in and speak with a priest. At St. Mary Student Parish, we feel that Lord’s healing and forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts we receive as a people of faith. We will do our best to extend the Sacrament of Reconciliation to all who seek it.

Several times during the year – during Advent and Lent, in particular – St. Mary Student Parish will hold communal penance services for the entire parish. At a communal penance service, parishioners and priests from around the area come together for a scripture service and reflection. The congregation is then given the opportunity to meet individually with one of the priests present to participate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Spanish Reconciliation

Reconciliation in Spanish takes place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month after the Spanish Mass (usually about 3:15 PM).