Sacraments

Baptism

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213).

  • Adults seeking Baptism should read more here.
  • Parents of children and infants, please contact the parish office (206-546-2451) to register your child and sign up for a Baptism preparation class.

Reconciliation / Confession

“Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as “the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1446).

  • Children preparing for First Eucharist will also be prepared for First Reconciliation in advance of First Communion.
  • Reconciliation is offered every Saturday at St. Luke from 3:30pm – 4:15pm, or by appointment with the Parish priest.

First Eucharist

“The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1324).

  • 2nd Grade is the customary age at which a child may be prepared for First Communion.  Classes begin in the early Fall, and so parents should be dilligent about inquiring in late summer and the first part of September about details, and how to register.
  • Children in 3rd Grade and above, may still be prepared for Baptism or First Eucharist, and will do in a separate program from the 2nd Graders, often called RCIC “Rite of Christian initiation of Children.”

Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “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).

  • The current age is 16 years by the date of Confirmation, though Sophomores are often allowed to be Confirmed even if they are a couple months short of 16 at the time of Confirmation.  This program usually begins in the Fall, and it is therefore important to inquire and be registered in September of a given year.  Please contact the parish office (206-546-2451) with questions.
  • Adults wishing to be confirmed should contact Fr. Brad (frbrad@stlukecp.org).

Marriage

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1601).

  • A baptized Catholic is required to be married “in” the Catholic Church no matter the religion of their intended spouse.  If the intended spouse is not Catholic and objects to a Catholic ceremony, permission is usually granted to be married in a place other than a Catholic church; but this permission is needed, and some marriage preparation will still be required.
  • Couples preparing for marriage should contact Fr. Brad (frbrad@stlukecp.org) not less than 6 months before their desired marriage date.

Anointing of the Sick

“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1449).

  • Sometimes called “Last Rites” or “extreme unction,” this Sacrament is NOT a Sacrament only for the dying.  In fact, any person facing serious medical difficulty or decline should be anointed as soon as possible.  A person on hospice care should be anointed while still conscious and cognizant if at all possible.  Only in the case of an accident or sudden medical emergency should this Sacrament be an “emergency,” or saved until the last moment.
  • Please contact the parish office for both routine anointing requests, and also day or night in an emergency (206-546-2451).

Holy Orders

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate [Bishops], presbyterate [priests], and diaconate [deacons] (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1536).

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a deacon or a priest, please speak to your pastor!