Sacraments

 

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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.
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. Fr. Kevin is available to hear confessions Fridays from 12 – 1pm or by appointment 847-328-4648
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 classes are offered at Sheil each spring. These are for 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. If you are interested in participating in Adult Confirmation, please call Sheil at (847) 328-4648 for more information.
RCIA is designed for adults who are not baptized in another faith or baptized in the Catholic Church, but with no further religious training or sacraments. RCIA offers a chance to learn more about the Catholic Church through scripture, teaching and discovering where God is present in your life. We will explore the Catholic tradition through scripture, sacraments, Church teaching, and social outreach in the context of the vibrant Catholic faith community of the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. Contact Fr. Kevin Feeney at 847-328-4648 for more information
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.
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 For more information about Anointing of the Sick, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact Sheil at (847) 328-4648.