CMF USA

St. Anthony Claret

Catholic church
  • 2494 S. Chestnut Ave.
  • Fresno, California, 93725
  • Fax (559) 255-4264
  • (559) 255-4260
Sacraments

What is a sacrament?

1210* 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.
Baptism
1214* This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to "plunge" or "immerse"; the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the catechumen's burial into Christ's death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as "a new creature".
  • Baptism for kids
  • English Baptisms are held every 3rd Saturday of the month. The Baptismal class will be held on the Tuesday before the baptism day. For more information download the flyer.

  • Baptism for children
  • Baptism for children 7 years old and up, Click here to download list of requirements.

  • Baptism for adults
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults also know as RCIA is a preparation to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation. For more information please call the religious education coordinator Alberto Alvarez (559) 476-0657.

Eucharist/Communion
Holy Communion is the receiving of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Just as it is necessary to nourish our bodies with material food, so also it is necessary to nourish our souls with spiritual food. Our Divine Savior so loved us that He gave us Himself in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist; He gave us His own body and blood as food for our souls. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6, 35). Mass Times.
  • First Communion for children at least 7 years of age

Registration will be from July 5th thru July 31st, 2018. Click here to download list of requirements.

  • First Communion for Adults

Adults interested in receiving First Communion please call the religious education coordinator Alberto Alvarez (559) 476-0657.

Confirmation
It is one of the three initiation rites, the other two being Baptism, and Holy Communion. In the sacrament of Confirmation, the faithful are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in their Christian life. More Information.
  • Confirmation for Teenagers

Registration will be from July 5th thru July 31st, 2018. Click here to download list of requirements.

  • Confirmation for Adults

Adults interested in receiving Confirmation please call the religious education coordinator Alberto Alvarez (559) 476-0657.

Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ. “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:21-23). Confessions
Matrimony/Marriage
Marriage in the Catholic Church, also called matrimony. 1601*The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament. For more information download the flyer.
Anointing of the Sick
The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Holy orders
If you think God is calling you to serve Him as a priest, please contact father Brian.
* Cathechism of the Catholic Church.