St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish

139 Spruce Street
Minersville, Pennsylvania 17954-1642
Fax:  (570) 544-2317   Phones:  (570) 544-2211 (Rectory)     (570) 544-5485 (Parish Center)
Web:  www.StMatthewTheEvangelistParish.org
 

Sacraments

Baptism
Baptisms are normally celebrated after the last Sunday morning mass.  One session of Baptism preparation for parents is required prior to Baptism; it is sometimes easier if this is done prior to the birth of the baby.  Preparation sessions are held at the rectory.  No dates for Baptism will be set until this requirement is fulfilled.  God Parents must comply with Church qualifications.

Marriage
Couples planning marriage are expected to attend Pre-Cana Conferences sponsored by the Diocese and to meet at least four times with the Pastor.  The period of preparation requires a minimum of six months advance notification to the Parish so that all arrangements can be worked out well before the actual wedding date.  Either the bride or groom must be a registered, participating, and supporting member of the Parish.

 

Anointing of the Sick

The Pastor visits local hospitals weekly; homebound parishioners monthly; and parishioners in nursing homes at least four times yearly.  Additionally, our Eucharistic Ministers will gladly bring Holy Communion to those unable to attend mass because of sickness or infirmity.  The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered to the homebound and those in nursing homes yearly, in hospitals as needed, or otherwise by request.  Please call the rectory to have a parishioner placed on the Parish Sick List or to arrange Anointing.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confessions are heard according to the scheduled times published in the weekly parish bulletin or upon request by contacting the Pastor.

Confirmation
Un-confirmed adults must receive proper religious instruction and will be Confirmed by the Bishop.  Children must be enrolled in the Religious Education Program or be attending our Regional Catholic Grade School.  Confirmation is celebrated yearly with date and time to be decided by the Bishop.

Holy Eucharist
Mass is scheduled Monday through Friday and on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.  The faithful are encouraged to receive Holy Communion daily if their work schedule allows. They should, most importantly, be in a "State of Grace" in order to receive Holy Eucharist and the other Sacraments.



Eligibility Requirements for Sponsorship
at Baptism and Confirmation

1)  You must be a fully initiated member of the Church, i.e. have received the      
      Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist;


2)  You must be at least 16 years of age;

3)  You must be a practicing Catholic, i.e. attending Mass weekly and receiving the
      Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Penance on a regular basis.

PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR EXEMPTIONS FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED REQUIREMENTS!  THEY CANNOT BE GIVEN!

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