Sacraments

The seven sacraments of the Catholic Church are outward signs of grace instituted by Christ. The sacraments are entrusted to the Church by Christ, and are intended to strengthen the union between individuals and God — as well as to bestow grace upon those who receive them with open hearts. 

The Sheil Catholic Center administers most of the Catholic sacraments — typically through the RCIA program for non-Catholics, through the Sheil School of Religion or by appointment. Learn more by clicking on any of the below links: 

 

Baptism

During baptism, Sheil welcomes the newest members of our community into the Christian and Catholic Church through affusion, or pouring water over the head. The Sheil Catholic Center performs baptisms of both infants and adults. 

Infant baptisms at Sheil can be held during or following Mass. Our chapel’s layout allows for a unique experience, allowing all family members to be present to watch this beautiful sacrament. To schedule a baptism, please contact Sheil at (847) 328-4648.  

To help prepare for your child’s baptism, Sheil offers a special program to discuss the relevance and importance of the Sacrament. These classes are usually held the second Sunday of the month at 1pm. To learn more about these classes, please contact Mary Deeley at m-deeley@northwestern.edu or (847) 328-4648. 

Adult baptisms take place during the Easter Vigil in conjunction with Sheil’s RCIA program. Learn more about becoming Catholic through RCIA >

 

Eucharist & First Communion

The Sacrament of the Eucharist commemorates the Last Supper, the final meal that Jesus shared with His disciples, which is the source and summit of our liturgical prayer. In the Catholic tradition, the bread and wine that are consecrated during Mass become the Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ. 

The Sheil Catholic Center celebrates the Eucharist regularly during Mass, but also administers First Communion to both second grade students and adults. Second grade students take First Communion after preparation through the Sheil School of Religion

The Sacrament of First Communion is also offered to adults during the Easter Vigil in conjunction with Sheil’s RCIA program. Learn more about becoming Catholic through RCIA >

 

Reconciliation (Penance, Confession)

In the Catholic Church, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the way in which individuals repent their sins, are freed of them and return to the pure, guilt-free state of their baptism. Known as Confession and Penance, Reconciliation encourages a deeply personal and intimate examination of your life, which is then shared with the priest in a confidential session where your sins are absolved. 

Fridays: 12-1 (during the academic year)

Before or after Mass (when possible

Appointments made by phone or email 847 328 4648
Fr. Kevin Feeney



Sheil administers First Communion to second grade students after preparation through the Sheil School of Religion

For more specific dates and times of Reconciliation, please visit our Event Calendar or call Sheil at (847) 328-4648. 

 

Confirmation

During the Sacrament of Confirmation, the laying on of hands and anointing of a candidate bestows the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and welcomes a candidate into full membership of the Catholic Church. 
The Sheil Catholic Center administers the Sacrament of Confirmation to eighth grade students after preparation through the Sheil School of Religion

Adult Confirmation
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7pm at Holy Name Cathedral

Holy Name Cathedral Parish will offer adults the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7pm. Adult Confirmation is for adults who are baptized, catechized and practicing Catholics who are not yet confirmed. It is geared toward college students, graduate students and young adults who are at least 18 years old. After a series of 90-minute classes and rehearsal, adult confirmation candidates then celebrate the Sacrament in conjunction with a local parish.  Preparation sessions will take place on four Monday evenings from 6:30pm unitl 8pm at the Sheil Catholic Center on April, 3,10,17 and 24th.

2017 Adult Confirmation Information
2017 Class Syllabus
2017 Registration Form

If you are interested in participating in Adult Confirmation, please call Sheil at (847) 328-4648 for more information.

 

Marriage

The sacrament of Marriage, or Matrimony, is seen as a sign of the love uniting Christ and the Church. It establishes between the spouses a permanent and exclusive bond that is sealed by God. The Sacrament confers on the couple the grace they need to attain holiness in their married life and to responsibly accept and raise their children. 

The Sheil Catholic Center’s Chapel is available to students, recent alumni, Sheil associates and their children for weddings. Scheduling must be made at least four months prior to the planned wedding date.   

Catholic couples must undergo a course called Pre-Cana before being married in a Catholic church. Sheil can connect engaged couples to one-time Pre-Cana weekends or Sheil Associates who facilitate six weekly Pre-Cana sessions prior to the wedding.   Pre Cana is 5 weekly sessions done within six months of the wedding.

Sheil recommends FOCCUS – a  one-on-one couple and counselor assessment that  focuses on various areas of communication between partners. Some dioceses require this, Please check with the diocese in which you are getting married. Call Sheil to schedule a FOCCUS session

To learn more, schedule a wedding and enroll in Pre-Cana, please call Sheil at (847) 328-4648.

 

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing offered to those who are seriously ill in order to bring hope, courage and peace to those who receive it. The Sacrament is made more powerful by the presence and support of the surrounding community.

Anyone who is seriously ill can be anointed, including:

  • Elderly who become weaker, even if no illness is present

  • Those waiting for surgery when a serious condition is the reason for the operation

  • Sick children who have sufficient use of reason to be helped by the celebration

  • Those who are unconscious or who have lost the use of reason, provided that they probably would have asked for the Sacrament had they the use of their faculties

  • Those suffering with serious mental illness, provided that they will be helped and not harmed by the Sacrament

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is typically an intimate rite made available by contacting Sheil. Those who wish to be anointed can also request to do so at a 4:30pm weekday Mass. 

Several times each year, we celebrate Anointing of the Sick during the Mass, where the gathered church is present to surround all who are sick. Following the homily, the priest lays hands on, anoints and prays over those receiving the Sacrament. Please check our Event Calendar for the upcoming Sacrament.

For more information about Anointing of the Sick, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact Sheil at (847) 328-4648.