Sacraments

“Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.”

–Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1210

Sacraments of Initiation

The Sacraments of Initiation lay the foundation of Christian life, allowing each Christian full participation in the graces available through Christ’s Church.

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.'” 
–Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1213

For child baptism, please contact Joey Gutierrez, Pastoral Associate of Evangelization of Catechesis & Evangelization at (830) 379-1796 or jgutierrez@saintjamescc.org.

For adult baptism, please contact Joey to inquire about the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process.

“…It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For ‘by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.'”
–Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1285

For child confirmation: please contact Joey Gutierrez, Pastoral Associate of Evangelization of Catechesis & Evangelization at (830) 379-1796 or jgutierrez@saintjamescc.org.

For adult confirmation: please contact Joey to inquire about the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process.

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” through which Christ is truly present as his Body and Blood for consumption as bread and wine. Because of the most holy and Divine nature of this Sacrament, proper catechesis (education) and initiation is required before a Catholic Christian may celebrate this Sacrament.

For children’s sacramental preparation for the Eucharist: please contact Joey Gutierrez, Pastoral Associate of Evangelization of Catechesis & Evangelization at (830) 379-1796 or jgutierrez@saintjamescc.org.

For adult preparation for the Eucharist: please contact Joey to inquire about the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process.

Sacraments of Healing

The Sacraments of Healing allow the recipient to experience graces found through uniting one’s illness to Christ’s Passion and seeking reconciliation for one’s sins with Christ and his Church.

“‘Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.'”
–Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1422

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday before the Vigil Mass beginning at 3:15 p.m. Confessional booths are located at the side entrances of the church; typically, the booth on the left-side (Joseph’s side) of the church are used before Mass. You may also request an appointment to celebrate this Sacrament by calling the parish office at (830) 379-1796.

Click here for a Guide to Confession from the Knights of Columbus.

Click here to review Examinations of Conscience from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.”
–James 5:14-15 (NABRE)

Catholics may call upon their priest to receive this Sacrament before surgery, when they fall seriously ill, when their illness worsens, and prior to death in the form known as viaticum (or Last Rite). Please contact our parish office as soon as possible at (830) 379-1796 when you or a loved one needs this Sacrament.

Sacraments of Service & Mission

The Sacraments of Service & Mission allow us to live like Christ: to offer our lives up in service out of charity.

The Sacrament of Matrimony is a covenant which reflects Christ’s covenant with his Church: self-sacrificing for the good of his spouse, ordered towards helping his spouse obtain heaven.

Please contact the parish office at (830) 379-1796 at least six months prior to your intended date to get started on preparations.

Inquiring about an annulment? Please contact the parish office at (830) 379-1796 to start the process and click here to read frequently asked questions about the annulment process from the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.”
–Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1536

“The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.” –St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests

Do you think you may be called by God to serve his Church and faithful in the priesthood, diaconate, or even religious life?

  • Click here to learn more from the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s Vocations Office.
  • Click here to learn more about consecrated life from the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s Vocations Office.
  • Click here to hear stories of other’s calls.

Please feel free to contact the parish office at (830) 379-1796 to speak to Fr. Stan about your calling, too!

And don’t forget to pray for our priests and increase in vocations!

I'm interested in becoming Catholic

We would be so glad to walk with you in your faith journey!

The totality of Catholic belief is summed up in the Nicene Creed:

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Being a Catholic means a lifelong pursuit of Christ through building a holy life: prayer, celebration of the Sacraments, living out the Beatitudes, and helping to build Christ’s Church.

Starting the journey to becoming Catholic begins with a conversation with our Pastoral Associate of Evangelization & Catechesis, Joey Gutierrez. Please contact him at (830) 379-1796 or at jgutierrez@saintjamescc.org.

Becoming Catholic is a process which initiates you into a lifelong pursuit of conversion. Following Christ isn’t just a one-and-done deal; we are still human after receiving the Sacraments, and God has made his infinite grace available to us time and time again through the celebration and reception of the Sacraments, especially during those times when we fall or falter.

If you are not baptized, you begin this process as a catechumen (someone who has not celebrated Baptism) who will celebrate Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. If you are baptized in another Christian tradition, you are a candidate who will celebrate Confirmation and the Eucharist.

 

After determining you would like to move forward, you would then participate in a nine- to eleven-month journey in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). This is a process for those who have reached the age of reason (about seven years of age) and older who have yet to receive the Sacraments in the Catholic Church.

Children who have reached the age of reason but are not yet adults participate in RCIA-C (Rite of Christian Initiation Adapted for Children).

Journeying to the Church through RCIA involves weekly classes on important and essential Church teachings, plus weekly Mass attendance with dismissal prior to the Liturgy of the Eucharist so you may further study the Word.

You won’t be alone in this process, however: you will choose a sponsor (godparent) who will walk with you on this journey and will serve as a guide to you when you have questions or doubts.

Throughout the RCIA journey you will also celebrate different rites, marking your maturation in the faith before, finally, you celebrate the Sacraments and are receiving as a Catholic into the Church!

Absolutely! You can contact Joey Gutierrez, Pastoral Associate of Evangelization of Catechesis & Evangelization at (830) 379-1796 or jgutierrez@saintjamescc.org.

Records Requests

In order to maintain confidentiality and security to your sacramental records, we require a Photo ID to confirm the validity of your request. The requesting person must also produce a picture ID before the certificate will be handed over. If you are unable to come into the parish because of distance, you may go to your local parish and use a form, if available. If one is not available, then you will need to give written permission to that parish that they may request a copy of the certificate or record in question. In the request, the names of parents, including the maiden name of the mother, the date of birth, and other pertinent information must be given. Requests will not be accepted via mail, e-mail, fax, telephone, or internet.

As strange as it may seem, there can be quite of bit of fraud accomplished with sacramental records. We only want to protect your information. These rules are designed to protect the legal rights and the exercise of responsibilities of all concerned, both civilly and canonically.

If you are looking for genealogical records, please contact the Archdiocesan Archives at 210-734-2620.

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