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Baptism: The first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism of an infant is to be arranged with Father Ferrara or Deacon Jerry. Catholic parents are expected to be practicing their faith by regularly participating at Mass and striving to live our Catholic faith.

Eucharist:  The ritual, sacramental action of thanksgiving to God which constitutes the principal Christian liturgical celebration of and communion in the paschal mystery of Christ. The liturgical action called the Eucharist is also traditionally known as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is one of the seven sacraments of the Church; the Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of the church’s life. The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”

The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, that is, of the work of salvation accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, a work made present by the liturgical action.

It is Christ himself, the eternal high priest of the New Covenant who, acting through the ministry of the priests, offers the Eucharist sacrifice. And it is the same Christ, really present under the species of bread and wine, who is the offering of the Eucharistic sacrifice.

By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity.

Our weekday Masses are celebrated at 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Our weekend Mass schedule is as follows: Saturday evening (Sunday fulfillment) at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. The Holy Day Mass schedule is announced in the bulletin.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession):  The sacramental celebration in which, through God’s mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ’s Body, which is wounded by sin. Confessions are heard on Monday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. in church and/or by appointment with Father Ferrara. As a Catholic you have a right to this sacrament.

Sacraments of Reconciliation of Penance-even more convenient locations and hours. St. Joseph Catholic Church at 6020 Old Antonio Rd. Imperial, MO. 63052 M-F 7:00 a.m., Thursday 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and Saturday 3:30 p.m.-4:30 pm. St. John Catholic Church at 4614 Blue Spring Rd. Imperial, MO. 63052 Wednesdays 5:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday after 8:00 a.m. Mass-8:45 a.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m., Sunday 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.  

Anointing of the Sick:  One of the seven sacraments administered by a priest to a baptized person who may be in danger of death because of illness or old age, through prayer and the anointing of the body with the oil of the sick. The proper effects of the sacrament include a special grace of healing and comfort to the Christian who may be suffering the infirmities of serious illness or old age, and the forgiving of the person’s sins. This sacrament is available to anyone at any time. Please contact Father Ferrara. If you enter the hospital and would like Fr. Ferrara or Deacon Jerry to visit you, please call the rectory. Hospitals are no longer able to notify St. David due to HIPPA guidelines. If you are unable to attend Mass please contact Deacon Jerry so he can bring you Communion.
Marriage:  A covenant or partnership of life between a man and woman, which is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children. When validly contracted between two baptized people, marriage is a sacrament (Matrimony). Arrangements should be made with Father Ferrara or Deacon Jerry at least ten months prior to anticipated wedding date. Catholics are expected to be practicing their faith by regularly participating at Mass and striving to live our Catholic faith.

Holy Orders (vocations):  The Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry by which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church through the laying on of hands. This sacrament has three distinct degrees or “orders”: deacon, priest, and bishop. All three confer a permanent, sacramental character. Is God calling you to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life? Priestly and religious vocations are dedicated to the service of the Church as the universal sacrament of salvation. Please pray about these vocations in your life. Call Father Ferrara or the Archdiocesan Office of Vocations at 314-792-6460.

Eucharistic Adoration: Eucharistic Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is a Catholic devotion, which is strongly encouraged and promoted within our dioceses and throughout the whole world. St. David Catholic Church offers this devotion to the faithful every Monday morning starting after the 7:45am Mass and ending on Tuesday before 7:45am Mass. All are welcome. To learn more about signing up for a regular Holy Hour, contact Mary or Steve McMahan at mcmahanmary@att.net

Right of Christian Initiation of Adults: (RCIA) provides educational programs for those interested in joining the Catholic Church and for those who are already Catholic but want to know more about their faith and the sacraments. RCIA classes are held every Wednesday, 6:30pm to 7:45pm in the rectory and Sunday at 10:00am, Room 108. Refer to the Staff & Organizations page for contact information.

Confirmation: One of the ensemble of the Sacraments of Initiation into the Church, together with Baptism and Eucharist. Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. For more information call Deacon Jerry Politte at 636-296-5485 ext. 6.



Monday through Friday at 7:45 a.m.

Sunday Fulfillment at 4:30p.m.

8:30a.m. and 10:30a.m.(Children's Liturgy at 10:30a.m.)

As Announced

Monday from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., or by appointment with Father Charlie

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