Assumption Catholic Church
in Eden Valley, MN
churchoftheassumptionedenvalley.org

Sacraments

Please contact the parish office (453-2788 or assumptionev@meltel.net) for more information about the sacraments.

Baptism: Baptism is the first and most basic sacrament because only a baptized person can receive any of the other six sacraments.  The moment we are conceived, we receive the soul.  When we are baptized, our soul receives sanctifying grace.  If our soul is not animated by the grace we received at Baptism, our body and soul will both die.  Assumption Parish welcomes into the parish each child who is presented for baptism.  Parishioners are invited to make baby blankets and baby hats for the newly baptized.  It is common practice to make a financial contribution of your choice (suggested donation $25 to the priest and $25 to the church) for a Baptism as a gesture of thankfulness.  Baptism is offered once a month; contact the parish office to set up a time.  Baptism preparation is offered through adult faith formation. 

Confession: The Sacrament of Confession restores or increases sanctifying grace to the soul and fortifies us against a relapse into sin.  In the sacrament, the priest, as the agent of God, forgives sins committed after Baptism.  The penance, prayers, and good works we do reduce our time in purgatory.  Catholics are required to go to Confession when they are aware that they have committed a mortal sin, or once a year.  Parishioners are encouraged to take advantage of the sacrament once per month.  Assumption Parish offers the First Sacrament of Confession to 2nd grade students through the faith formation program.  Confessions can be made on Saturday evenings at 6:30, Wednesday evenings at 5:15, Friday mornings at 7:30, or by appointment.

Holy Communion: Holy Communion forgives venial sins and preserves the sanctifying grace of the soul.  Catholics are encouraged to receive Holy Communion frequently, even daily.  Assumption Parish offers First Holy Communion to 2nd grade students through the faith formation program. 

Confirmation: Confirmation is a sacrament of spiritual strengthening of the sanctifying grace received at Baptism.  Confirmation is the superhuman courage we receive to be apostles of Jesus Christ.  Assumption Parish offers the Sacrament of Confirmation to 10th grade students through the faith formation program.  Parishioners are invited to attend the Confirmation Mass. 

Marriage: The power of the sacrament of marriage helps two people to live lovingly together.  Marriage is a sign to the world of the invisible God who bears fruit in the lives of two people.  When a married couple desires to magnify the beauty of God in each other’s souls, the sacrament bears the mark of the living God.  Please contact the parish office as early as possible to set a date.  It is common practice to make a financial contribution (suggested donation $100 to the priest and $100 to the church) for each marriage as a gesture of thankfulness.  Marriage preparation is offered through adult faith formation.

Holy Orders: Holy Orders is the sacrament of apostolic ministry.  Men share in Christ's priesthood to renew the sacrifice of the Cross.  Christ is the mediator of humanity and divinity, but the sacrifice is accepted from the priests' hands.  The celebration of Holy Mass and the power of forgiving sins belong to the priesthood.  The Sacrament of Holy Orders serves to build up the People of God.  If you are curious about priesthood or religious life, contact the St. Cloud Diocese Vocations Director, Fr. Scott Pogatchnik (251-5001) and he will be happy to help you find out what to do next. 

Anointing of the Sick: The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick forgives venial sins and increases sanctifying grace to the soul to face the fear of death.  This is the grace to embrace God’s will and have great confidence in divine mercy.  Communal Anointing of the Sick is offered after Mass the 3rd week of Advent and the 4th week of Lent.  Contact the parish office for individual Anointing of the Sick.