Baptism “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” -Matthew 28:19 “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 in the word.”- Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1213 We ask that parents of a child to be baptized contact the parish office at 715-687-2404 six months before birth to arrange for Baptismal Preparation.
First Reconciliation Children who attend St. Joseph School will be introduced to this sacrament with their Religion classes in Grade 2. Other children of the parish who do not attend St. Joseph School will be introduced to the Reconciliation process through their Religious Education Program, CCD.
First Holy Eucharist Children of St. Joseph School will go through the education process through their religion classes and other children of the parish will be educated through their CCD classes. St. Joseph Parish children receive their first communion in the 2nd Grade. In the spring there will be a small retreat for parents and children to prepare for the sacrament.
Confirmation is the sacrament related to Baptism. At baptism parents & sponsors promise to provide faith support. Confirmation preparation is emphasized in the Freshman & Sophomore years in High School. Those who are ready to begin faith responsibility as a young adult may then be confirmed.
Register online to access to our Confirmation Material: Chosen
Marriage Anyone seeking the sacrament of Marriage within the Catholic Church are to contact the pastor at least 6 months prior to wedding date. He will meet with you and discuss marriage preparation. Call the rectory 715-687-2404 to start preparations.
Anointing of the Sick Please contact our parish office 715-687-2404 to contact the pastor of any who are sick or aged. He will be happy to offer them the sacrament of healing.
ST JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH
119200 Larch Street P.O. Box 6 Stratford, WI 54484 715-687-2404
ST. ANDREW PARISH
122726 County Rd. C P.O. Box 6 Stratford, WI 54484 715-384-3859