Friday, September 19, 2014


 Preparation for Sacraments:

For more information, call the parish office at 916-786-5001.


Baptism of Children
Congratulations as you prepare to celebrate the Baptism of your child. Here you will find the basic requirements that are required before setting a date for the Baptism. Baptisms are celebrated on the first Saturday of every month at 11AM. Please eMail Mr. Jim Cortese at to schedule a Baptism Class for parents and Godparent, and to set a date for the reception of the Sacrament.
Baptism of Children 1st through 5th grade
Register children at the ROCK. Click on the Youth Ministry link in the left column for ROCK information.
Baptism of Children 6th through 8th grade
Register children at the EDGE. Click on the Youth Ministry link in the left column for EDGE information.
Baptism of High School students
Register students at Life Teen. Click on the Youth Ministry link in the left column for Life Teen information.
Baptism of Adults and Reception into the Catholic Church
     The Rites of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is a ministry that prepares adults 18+ years for the Sacraments of Baptism (unless already baptized in a Christian church), Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Sessions begin weekly early in the Fall and conclude in late May. Sacraments are received at the Easter Vigil, the evening before Easter Sunday. For more information, contact Deacon Dennis Gorsuch at 916.984.8550 or send email to
Canon 867
§1  Parents are obliged to see to it that infants are baptized with the first weeks after birth; as soon as possible after the birth, or even before, parents are to request the sacrament for their child and to be properly prepared.
§ 2  An infant in danger of death is to be baptized without delay.
Canon 868
§ 1  For the baptism of an infant it is necessary that:
       • parents or at least one of them or the person who lawfully takes their place gives consent;
       • there be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic faith; if such a hope is altogether laking, the baptism is to be delayed according to the prescriptions of particular law and the parents are to be informed of the reason.
§ 2  The infant of Catholic parents, in fact of non-Catholic parents as well, who is in danger of death is licitly baptized even against the will of the parents.
Canon 872
Insofar as possible, one to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who is to assist an adult in Christian initiation, or, together with the parents, to present an infant at the baptism, and who will help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with the baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it.
Canon 873
Only one male or one female sponsor or one of each sex is to be a godparent.
Canon 874
§ 1  To be admitted to the role of sponsor, a person must:
       • be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the one who takes their place or, in their absence, by the pastor or minister and is to have the qualifications and intention of performing the role;
       • have completed the 16th year;
       • be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist and leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken;
       • not be the mother or father of the one to be baptized.
§ 2  A baptized person of another Christian church may not serve as godparent or sponsor but may serve as a witness to baptism together with a Catholic sponsor.


Grades 6, 7 & 8
     The Sacrament of Confirmation marks an important moment in the life of a Catholic. It completes the initiation process that began at Baptism, and it launches one into an active life as a member of the Catholic faith. It is an exciting time of growth, responsibility and commitment.
    There are a number of components to our three-year Confirmation program. If you are interested in having your child confirmed, it is assumed that your family participates at Mass every weekend and that your son/daughter is continuing to learn more about the Catholic faith in the EDGE, our faith formation program for middle school students, or at Life Teen (for high school students). The other basic requirements for the Preparation for Confirmation are: 
    •  Confirmation preparation is a THREE-YEAR program - 6th, 7th and 8th grades at the EDGE;
    •  Families must be registered members of Saint Joseph Marello Parish;
    •  Students attend the EDGE each week (only three excused absences);
    •  In the second year of preparation, students attend a one-day retreat in the Fall and a weekend retreat before Confirmation in early Spring (there are NO exceptions and students must attend the entire event);
     •  A sponsor must be chosen who has completed their 16th year, has been Confirmed and is a practicing Catholic (that is, attends Mass each week and receives the sacraments regularly).
High School Students
Students freshmen through seniors who are not yet Confirmed attend weekly Life Teen sessions.
Catholic Adults never Confirmed
See information under Baptism/RCIA above.

Eucharist & Reconciliation

      Children preparing for First Communion and First Reconciliation may register at the ROCK; middle school students register at the EDGE; high school students register at Life Teen (click on the Youth Ministries link in the left column for details).
      Adults: see Baptism/RCIA information above.
     Canon 914: It is the responsibility, in the first place, of parents and those who take the place of parents as well as of the pastor to see that children who have reached the use of reason are correctly prepared and are nourished by the divine food as early as possible, preceded by sacramental confession; it is also for the pastor to be vigilant lest any children come to the Holy Banquet who have not reached the use of reason or whom he judges are not sufficiently disposed.
     The following guidelines incorporate the pastoral norm of the universal Church and particular law of the Diocese of Sacramento:
      • Children are to be prepared for First Penance and receive the Sacrament of Penance prior to receiving First Communion. Both sacraments would generally be received in grade two. First Penance would normally be received a couple of months or more before First Communion.
     • In a given parish, First Communion could be postponed to third grade, if indicated by available resources, the number of children or the time needed for adequate preparation of both children and adults.
     • The readiness required for the Sacrament of Penance consists in the capacity to discern between right and wrong, together with an understanding appropriate to the child's age, of what sin is. The readiness required for First Communion is not dissimilar: the ability to recognize the difference between the Eucharist and ordinary bread (and wine).
     • Children who are well prepared for Penance generally welcome this opportunity to experience God's mercy. Parents/guardians of a child occasionally may indicate that their child is "too young" for Penance. In such a case, after due pastoral discernment, delay of both Penance and Communion is often the most suitable resolution.
     • The universal law, as reiterated by the particular law of our Diocese, does not permit the parish program to orient the class as a whole away from receiving First Penance prior to First Communion. The pastoral norm is: First Penance prior to First Communion.
     • Delaying the preparation and reception of First Penance until sometime after First Communion is not permitted by the universal Church or by the Diocese of Sacramento.


After January 1, 2012, St. Joseph Marello Parish will accept wedding dates in our new parish church. Contact Father Phil at  ( or Deacon Dennis (

The Catholic Church has established a number of basic requirements for the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony. In order to fulfill these requirements, to assure a sacred celebration of the Sacrament and to facilitate preparation for the marriage, the Diocese of Sacramento has adopted the following policies:

1.  Initial Contact
     Engaged couples must contact their parish at least six months prior to the anticipated wedding date. 
2.  Assessment Process
     Every couple is asked to participate in an assessment process designed to assist both the couple and priest/deacon in assessing readiness for marriage. The process begins with an interview with the priest/deacon. 
3.  Required Documents
     • Baptism certificate: the baptism certificate of the Catholic(s) should be issued within the last six months and include any notations regarding other sacraments received. A certificate of baptism is also required of non-Catholic Christians.
     • A Pre-Nuptial Inquiry (Form A) is to be completed by each of the engaged. This inquiry includes questions regarding one's freedom to marry and one's views on Christian marriage.
     • State of California Marriage License: a wedding will not take place without the License.
     • Sacrament of Confirmation: If this Sacrament has not been received but can be received without serious inconvenience, the Sacrament should be celebrated before the marriage.
4.  Marriage Preparation Programs
     The couple is to attend an approved marriage preparation program. Participation is to be completed no later than two months before the wedding date. A certificate of completion is presented to the parish.


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