Baptism is the gateway into the Church and the life of Christ. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish follows all the policies of the Catholic Church regarding the celebration of this Sacrament.
Parents and Godparents are required to take a pre-baptismal class, normally offered once per month. Parents or Godparents who have baptized 2 children or have taken the class 2 times do not have to repeat the class.
Spanish classes are: 1st Sunday @ 2:00pm in the church basement.
English classes: 2nd Sunday @ 2:00pm in the church basement.
Parents are not required to be married, though they are strongly encouraged to live according to the Church's moral teachings.
Members of other parishes who want to baptize their children at Our Lady of Guadalupe should present a letter of permission from their own Pastor.
There is no fee for baptism, though it is appropriate to make an offering for the Parish.
Godparents, (sometimes called sponsors) are required for Baptism and Confirmation, insofar as possible. The godparents assist the baptized/confirmed person to live and persevere in a true Christian life (or supports the parents in the same).
Only ONE godparent is necessary, but TWO are allowed. If two, they must be one man and one woman.
Parents of the child cannot also be the child’s godparents.
Godparents should be at least 16 years old.
Godparents must be Catholics in good standing who have received Baptism, Confirmation and Communion.
They must be true examples of faith, living according to the Church's moral teachings, such as.
Going to Sunday Mass on a regular basis.
Going to Confession and receiving Communion yearly.
Avoiding sin and sincerely trying to live a prayerful life.
Living as a single person or a married person.
Note Well: cohabitation is a serious sin and is not in keeping with the Church's moral teaching.
Catholics should also be married by the Church; please talk to the pastor to resolve this situation.
A baptized, non-Catholic person may participate as a Christian Witness, but only together with a Catholic godparent.
Confession and Communion for Children:
The training of children and young people in the faith begins at home. Through family prayer and attendance at Sunday Mass, children learn about the love of God within the love of their family. No class can substitute for what parents provide through their example.
Sacramental preparation at the Church builds upon what children learn at home, and parents rightly send their children to classes at Our Lady of Guadalupe for specialized preparation to receive the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion.
The Sacramental Preparation Program at Our Lady of Guadalupe is a two-year program. It is required that children be in classes for two years before they receive the sacraments of Confession and Communion.
It is strongly suggested that children be enrolled in religious education classes each and every year from preschool until 11th grade. Registration for classes is in late summer.
The normal age for children to receive Confession and first Communion is around age 7 (second grade).
If parents enroll their children for sacraments at a later age than what is usual, the two-year policy still applies. The child may have to join ‘make-up’ classes appropriate to their present age. Once the child has attended classes for at least a year they will receive their sacraments during Easter.
After first Confession and Communion, children (and adults) are required to confess their serious sins and receive Communion once every year. Communion should be received between the first Sunday of Lent through Trinity Sunday.
Low-gluten Communion hosts: anyone with a gluten allergy simply needs permission before using low-gluten hosts. Please approach the Pastor for direction on this issue.
Confirmation for Youth:
The Sacramental Preparation Program at Our Lady of Guadalupe is a two-year program. It is required that youth be in classes for two years before they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
It is strongly suggested that children be enrolled in religious education classes each and every year from preschool until 11th grade. Registration opens in late summer each year.
The normal age for confirmation in the Diocese of Grand Island is 17-18 (11th grade).
The Diocese of Grand Island requires that candidates for Confirmation must make a retreat before being confirmed. The parish will host a yearly retreat. Other retreats will fulfill this requirement, such as Teens Encounter Christ, Higher Ground, Going Bananas for Jesus,
Candidates for Confirmation must complete 40 hours of community service. This can be for the parish, as part of parish-sponsored events or for any service organization.
Candidates must pass a catechism exam and must have memorized the following: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Act of Contrition, and the Ten Commandments.
Candidates must write a letter to the Bishop requesting the Sacrament, expressing their commitment to Jesus Christ, His Church, and to the building of the Reign of God.
A quinceañera is a celebration of a young girl promising her dedication to God and to His Church. To schedule a quinceañera:
The girl’s family must attend Sunday Mass regularly. (The Pastor has final say in what ‘regularly’ means’);
The girl must have received her initial Sacraments (Baptism, Confession, Communion);
The girl must have been in Religious Education for one (1) year prior to the desired date. (Registration for religious education is in late summer. There are no mid-year registrations);
The girl must attend and complete quinceañera classes;
Arrangements with the priest must be made at least six months in advance. Please call the priest before you make other reservations, as not all dates are available.
A $100 offering is required, made out to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and payable in the office before the ceremony.
If these requirements are not fulfilled it is still possible to simply bless the girl in a regular weekend (or weekday) Mass, but without the damas and chambelanes. Please speak directly with the Pastor.
The Diocese of Grand Island requires a four-month time period to make preparations for every marriage. Only the Bishop may dispense this requirement.
The Diocese also requires that couples attend an introductory session in Natural Family Planning.
Preparation begins with your first contact with your Pastor. Please call him directly.
You must be 19 years of age to marry in the State of Nebraska. Minors 17-18 years of age may possibly marry with parental consent and approval of the Bishop. No wedding date may be set until all approvals are received.
Catholics are strongly suggested to marry another Catholic. However, it is not required that non-Catholic spouses become Catholic.
Catholics should receive all of their usual Sacraments before Marriage (Confession, Communion and Confirmation). If a Catholic lacks these Sacraments, arrangements may be made to receive them.
Couples should provide the following documents: recently-issued baptismal certificate (within 6 months) and civil marriage license. If a party was married before, additional documents will be required.
It is not necessary to marry in front of a judge before the Church wedding. Please bring your civil license to the priest, who will perform both at the same time.
Couples who are already civilly married may have their marriages validated in a short time and without a new wedding. Contact the pastor for more information.