Sacraments of Faith

Weekend Masses
Saturday Vigil : 6:00 p.m. (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.

Weekday Mass
Thursday: 9:15 a.m.

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Thursday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. (and by appointment)

BAPTISM is the one sacrament that all Christian denominations share in common. In the Catholic Church, infants are baptized to welcome them into the Catholic faith. Baptism prep will be on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Sacred Heart Church, following Mass (6:30 pm). To reserve a date, please call the parish office at 517-547-7496.

For Adults

If you are an adult and are interested in exploring Christian baptism, we invite you to explore our faith in Jesus Christ, and membership in . Please contact Deacon John Amthor if you are interested in joining the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

For Infants

If you are a parent and are interested in having your child baptized, please contact the parish office 517-547-7496.  To have your baby baptized into the Roman Catholic Church it is presumed that you, as parents, are currently actively participating in the Catholic Faith as practicing registered members of St. Mary on the Lake. In preparation for Baptism, it is required that for the first child, parents participate in a seminar that will prepare them for the baptism of their child.

If the Godparents are not participating, registered members of St. Mary on the Lake, verification must be received from the parish in which they are participating and registered. Godparents must be at least 16 years of age and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  This verification must be received before baptism can be scheduled.  For more information, contact the parish office. .

WHAT IS THE EUCHARIST?  At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us’.

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” The other sacraments and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church,namely Christ himself, our Pasch.

In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained”.  (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1323-74;  Luke 22:7-20; Matthew 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; John 6; 1st Corinthians 10:16-21, 11:23-29).

First Holy Communion
The Prerequisites for children preparing for their first communion include:
1. Baptism
2. First Reconciliation Preparation
3. Weekly attendance at Mass
4. Completion of parish or parish school religious education program the year prior and the year of sacrament preparation. Preparation normally begins in 2nd grade. The process involves a regular attendance of religion class and attendance at a parent/child retreat. First Eucharist Celebrations usually occur in early May.  For more information, contact the Director of Faith Formation. Adults who have never received their first holy communion would typically prepare for this Sacrament through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

WHAT IS CONFIRMATION? – 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. They are, as true witnesses of Christ, thus more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.
At the birth of the Church, the apostles, in fulfillment of Christ’s will, imparted to the newly baptized by the laying on of hands the gift of the Spirit that completes the grace of Baptism. The imposition of hands is the origin of the Sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way continues the grace of Pentecost in the Church today.    (See Acts 2:1-42)
Confirmation imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit.

For more information about the requirements for the reception of Confirmation, please contact the Director of Faith Formation, Deacon John Amthor.


If you missed Confirmation as a youth and would like to be confirmed, call the parish office to find out more information. For some, the preparation process may involve the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  Your preparation process will vary based on your faith formation background.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Confession and Penance) is offered on Thursdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m., or any time by appointment with the priest.  

Reconciliation -“Confession catches the sinner in his fall away from God… It makes visible the fact that the Church turns to all sinners… I have been baptized, but I do not live according to the rule of baptism. I have been confirmed, but I am no apostle of Christ. I do attend Mass, but it remains incomprehensible for me… Saints are shown to me, but I am simply not one… But if I am told that the confessional is reserved for sinners, then I know that here finally is a place for me; it is precisely I who am meant. The pew there was especially made for me” (Adrienne Von Speyr, Confession, 93-94).

First Reconciliation

Preparation normally begins in the 2nd grade. The process involves regular attendance of Faith Formation. For more information, contact the  Director of Faith Formation.

HOLY ORDERS – Any man who feels that the Lord might be inviting him to consider a vocation to either the priesthood or the permanent diaconate is welcome to contact Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht, or Deacon John Amthor.

Any woman who feels that the Lord might be inviting her to consider a vocation to the religious life is welcome to contact one of our priests.

WHAT IS HOLY MATRIMONY? “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
A sacrament is a visible sign of an invisible reality that gives grace. In marriage, the visible sign is the love that a husband and wife have for each other. The invisible reality to which they point is the love that Jesus has for his bride, the Church. In the Sacrament of Marriage, God gives grace, that is to say, supernatural power, to make His own love, mercy, generosity, kindness, and compassion tangible.

The task of marriage is to make the invisible God visible by the love a husband and wife have for each other. They do this first for one another, then for their children if God should bless them with children, and then for all those who know them. Knowing how hard real love is, we pray daily for those of you who are married, so that you might be beautiful witnesses of God’s love.

WHAT IS ANOINTING OF THE SICK? – “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14).
Many of us, perhaps, remember a time when this sacrament was celebrated only for those who were dying. However any illness of serious nature can be a legitimate reason to celebrate the sacrament. What’s more, the sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person’s condition becomes more serious.

Please keep in mind the following regarding requests for Anointing of the Sick:

  1. If you or a loved one know ahead of time that you are going to have major surgery or medical treatment, please do not wait until you are in the hospital to receive an anointing.  Anointing of the sick is no longer only “Last Rites.”
  2. To receive the Anointing of the Sick, simply ask the priest in person, email him, or call the parish office to set up a meeting time.
  3. It is good and beneficial, but not absolutely required, to receive the Sacrament of Penance during the anointing.
  4. If you or a loved one experience a medical emergency, please either ask the hospital chaplain for the priest on call, or call St. Mary on the Lake Parish and ask to receive an anointing.

FUNERALS – “We would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14).

If you have experienced the death of a loved one, we, the pastoral staff at St. Mary on the Lake would like to express our sincere sympathies to you and your family. Our Catholic faith teaches us, through the resurrection of Jesus, to mourn with great hope. Still, grieving the death of a loved one is a traumatic experience that takes time and must be fully processed. When we grieve, no one can understand the depth of our loss, but please know that you are not alone. We are here to help you prepare for the next few days leading up to the funeral liturgy, as well as support you as your mourn in the weeks and months ahead.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

To make funeral arrangements, please contact the Parish Office at (517) 547-7496.

ADORATION – “Could you not keep watch with me one hour?” – Jesus (Matthew 26:40)
There are few ways to encounter Jesus more powerfully and to hear His invitation to come and follow as His disciple than time before the Blessed Sacrament; for Jesus is truly present in a unique way in the Eucharist. Just as we love to waste time with those we love so Jesus loves to waste time with us.

Eucharistic Adoration is offered the first Wednesday of the month from 4:00-5:30 pm.

If you are interested in signing up for Eucharistic Adoration please contact us at 517-547-7496.