The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Eucharist, Penance, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.

Worship is integral to our lives as Christians. When we engage in the prayer and ritual of the Church, we are formed as Church. Our sacramental rites are of primary importance while we are gathered.

 
 
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Baptism

Preparation for Baptism is an exciting time for parents and sponsors. You are bringing your child into the church! From this moment on, your child will always have a Catholic family that will support them in times of need, provide them with spiritual nourishment and always be present to them.

Every parent desiring Baptism for their class is required to attend one Baptism class. Please contact the parish office at 414-918-1102 to register.

Click here to request a Baptism date: Request date

Please reflect on the following before class:

QUESTION AT RITE: WHAT NAME DO YOU GIVE YOUR CHILD?

In naming a child, we do not 'own' the child, but accept the responsibility of the gift of the child's life. This recognition and receiving of the gift of life from God is stewardship. A Christian steward "receives God's gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner..." (Stewardship - A Disciple's Response, pg. 9)

QUESTION AT RITE: WHAT DO YOU ASK OF GOD'S CHURCH FOR YOUR CHILD?

What are you asking of our parish for your child? Our Church shows stewardship in providing a sacramental life for your child, catholic education and a spiritual home for life.

Statement by the priest at the liturgy: "You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so, you are accepting the responsibility of training your child in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?"

"Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves." (Stewardship - A Disciples' Response - Intro) How do you see yourself training your child in the practice of the faith? How can the parish assist you? Discuss:

attending weekly Sunday Mass as a family,
teaching and praying prayers,
praying as a family,
keeping the Commandments,
living the sacraments,
practicing charity,
practicing "active and committed stewardship" within the life of the parish.

The priest says: "The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the mute speak. May He soon touch your ears to receive His Word and your mouth to proclaim His Faith, to the praise and Glory of God the Father. Amen."

What are your hopes and dreams for your child? How do you see God and the Church being a part of that dream? The stewardship way of life is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God's gifts and shares them in love of God and neighbor; a parents dream for a child is also God's dream.


Eucharist

First Communion is received in 2nd grade for children or through the RCIA programs for adults.

Grade school children contact: Jeanette Lambrecht, Director of Child Ministry, at jlambrecht@stme.church

Adults should contact Heather Patrowsky at hpatrowsky@stme.church

Homebound parishioners who would like to receive communion may have a relative pick up a pyx and booklet of prayers from the priest or pastoral associate in the sacristy before Mass. Our Eucharistic ministers will also visit and bring communion. Contact John Fritsch.

 

Confirmation

Teens in 11th grade begin Sacrament preparation in October to be Confirmed in the spring.  The purpose of this year is to prep teens for their own “vow,” of sorts. During the year, teens are asking questions, struggling through those questions, being given avenues to answer those questions, and hopefully, discovering what it really means to be a confirmed CATHOLIC.

What is Confirmation?  Confirmation increases and deepens all of the graces granted at Baptism.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists five effects of Confirmation:

it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation [as sons of God] which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!";

it unites us more firmly to Christ;

it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;

it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;

it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.

 

Weddings

St. Eugene Congregation believes in the sanctity of marriage according to Mark 10:6-9 "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” 
 
A wedding is one of the most important days in a person’s life, and we want to make your wedding at St. Eugene as wonderful as possible.

Premarital Course

The parish utilizes the FOCCUS program to prepare couple for marriage. The program helps couples enhance their relationship by discussing important topics including, communication, problem-solving, faith, dual careers, parenting, intimacy, finances and more.

For a PDF copy of the St. Eugene wedding planning document, please click here

Please contact the church at least six months prior to your wedding date.

 

Funeral and Memorial Services

The Funeral Ministry offers compassion and assistance to bereaved families at their request by:

  • Offering visitation assistance;
  • Offering suggestions for the order of service; and
  • Offering help and guidance through a grief recovery support group, for family members seeking understanding about the grief process

If you are planning the funeral of a family member or loved one here at St. Eugene, please click here for help choosing music for the mass or liturgy.