Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sacraments
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sacraments
 
Our mission is to proclaim joyfully the Good News of Jesus Christ and to welcome all adults, youth and children, inviting them to deepen their relationship with Christ through the sacraments, prayer and discipleship.
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. (CCC 1210)
BAPTISM

Parents who want baptism for a child younger than the age of 7 are asked to participate in a preparation (baptismal class) designed to prepare them for their child's reception of the sacrament. Parents are asked to contact the baptismal preparation coordinator to initiate the formation process, to obtain further information about the commitment that is involved when requesting baptism, and to set a date for the baptism of their child.

If you are interested in baptism for a child aged 7 or older, please contact the Religious Education Office, Janet Harmon at 301-863-8793 or janet@ihmrcc.org information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).
For infant baptism in English, please contact Deacon Michael Crowe at 240-542-8369 or deaconmike@ihmrcc.org.
For infant baptism in Spanish, please contact Deacon Juan Ortiz at 857-342-5826 or deaconjuan@ihmrcc.org.
CONFIRMATION

In the Archdiocese of Washington, young people receive the Sacrament of Confirmation while in 8th grade. Any youth who wishes to receive this sacrament is asked to register for classes through the Religious Education Program. Candidates for the sacrament are expected to participate in both the 7th and 8th grade religious education programs. Candidates need to be baptized and willing to follow the guidelines our parish requires. Older youth and adults who seek Confirmation are encouraged to make an appointment with the pastor to evaluate their current religious formation and practice. The pastor may recommend RCIA for those who could benefit from additional instruction.
RECONCILIATION

At Immaculate Heart of Mary the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available every Saturday from 2:30 pm-3:45 pm and Thursdays after the 5:30 pm Mass. Confessions are also available by appointment. Please contact the parish office at 301-863-8144 to set up an appointment.
EUCHARIST

Children preparing for the Sacrament of First Communion, need to participate in religious education through the parish’s Religious Education program or by attending a Catholic school. Reception of First Communion usually takes place in the second grade. However, preparation for the sacrament begins with participation in a religious education program one year prior to the sacramental year. In other words, two years of religious education are required for a child to receive this sacrament. Please contact the Religious Education office at 301-863-8793 or janet@ihmrcc.org if you have a child who wishes to receive the sacrament.
MARRIAGE

Catholic couples are encouraged to participate in the sacramental life of the Church so that they are continually enriched by the graces which flow from the sacraments. The bond between husband and wife is immeasurably strengthened by a life of shared faith in the heart of the Church. Once you have made the decision to marry in the Church, please contact the parish office at 301-863-8144. Arrangements must be made at least 6 months in advance of the ceremony. Couples prepare for the sacrament through initial preparation with the coordinator, meetings with the pastor, and completing a marriage preparation option accepted by the Archdiocese of Washington.
HOLY ORDERS

Some men are called to be priest and deacons. If you think that you may be called to the priesthood or diaconate, pray about it! Then call the office 301-863-8144 to set up an appointment to talk to the pastor.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is for the spiritual comfort, strength and healing of the ill. Please notify the church office at 301-863-8144 when you or another parishioner would like to receive this Sacrament. Be sure to let them know the name of the person wanting to receive, a phone number where he/she can be reached, and where the sacrament is to be received. The Sacrament can be performed in the church, at the sick person's home, at the hospital, or any other appropriate place.
Contact Us
Immaculate Heart of Mary

22375 Three Notch Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653
tel. 301-863-8144
fax. 301 -863-8180
email:


Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8 am to 4 pm
How you can help

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