The Sacraments

The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments.  There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, First Reconciliation (Penance), Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders. The sacraments are Christ's own gift that provide us with his grace. 

Sacraments defined

The sacraments are the divine help which God gives us to enable us to: 

  • Believe the truths of His faith.
  • Live according to His moral code.
  • Grow in His gift of divine life. 

Sacrament is an outward sign  instituted by Christ to give grace.  The three parts are: 

  • Outward sign.
  • Instituted by Christ.
  • To give grace.

Outward signs are God's way of treating us like the human beings we are.  He conveys this grace through things, words and gestures such as water and oil.

Instituted by Christ means only God can attach an inward grace to an outward sign.  He instituted the sacraments during His public life.  There can only be seven sacraments.

To give grace...they give us sanctifying grace which is that marvelous, supernatural life, that sharing-in-God's-own-life that is the result of God's Love, the Holy Spirit, indwelling in the soul. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Baptism is the sacrament that frees man from original sin and from personal guilt, that makes him/her a member of Christ and His Church.  It is the door to a new and supernatural life. 

The Church teaches that Baptism is a true sacrament instituted by Christ.  It is administered by washing with water and at the same time invoking the Most Holy Trinity.  Baptism is necessary for salvation.  It effects the remission of original sin and actual sins of all punishment due to sin; it confers sanctifying grace, membership in Christ and in the Church and the obligation to obey the Church's laws and give an indelible character.  

To have your child baptized please call the parish center at 414-461-6073 or fill this form out and send to the parish center.  Once the paperwork is received a class will be scheduled with Deacon Frank Pemper.  Once the class is complete the baptism will occur.  Baptisms are usually performed during any of the weekend masses. 

The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament and a sacrifice.  In this sacrament, under the appearances of bread and wine, the Lord Christ is contained, offered, and received.  The word "Eucharist" means "Thanksgiving."  The whole Christ is truly and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist, the Real Presence.  Christ gives us His own body and blood in the Holy Eucharist: first, as a sacrifice commemorating and renewing for all time the sacrifice of the cross; second, to be received by the faithful in Holy Communion; third, to remain ever on our altars as the proof of His love for us, and to be worshipped by us. 

First Reconciliation is usually received in the second grade prior to receiving First Communion.  Reconciliation is the experience of God's unconditional forgiveness.  It is offered to free baptized Catholics from sin and also challenges us to have the same kind of forgiveness for those who sin against us. 

These sacraments are offered for the first time to children who are at least in the second grade, and either enrolled in our Faith Formation Program or Parish Day School.  To learn more please call the parish center 414-461-6073.

Confirmation completes the sacrament of Baptism.  It is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age.  This sacrament is administered by the laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer.  The effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is to give strength in faith.  It calls the person to accept a sense of  mission to be sent out to the world to be a living witness to the teaching of Jesus, the Lord.  

Confirmation formation at our parish starts in high school.  And the sacrament is conferred in the junior year of high school.  To enroll in the classes for this sacrament please contact Marcy Stone, Parish Life minister at 414-461-6073 or

Through the Sacrament of Anointing, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support.  Jesus always showed great concern for bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick.  The celebration of this sacrament is an opportunity for the deepening of the faith of the community who pray and support those being anointed.  

This sacrament is for those who are seriously or chronically ill or are facing major surgery.  You may ask Father after mass.  You may also call Fr. Pat to request this at the parish center 414-461-6073 or his personal number: 414-581-2397.  

 "The sacrament of matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church.  It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved His Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life". (CCC 1661).  From the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

Matrimony is the marriage contract between Christians raised by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament.  

Please contact the parish center to start the marriage process at our parish.  Please allow at least 6 months planning time and more time if you are able.  The wedding date is not verified until after you have your first meeting with the priest. Please see the wedding face sheet and wedding preparation packet to start the preparation process.  Wedding donation request is here.

Please consult the Archdiocese of Milwaukee wedding preparation information as well. 

Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and entrusted by Christ to serve the Church (2 Tim. 1:6-7) as pastors, teachers, and spiritual fathers who heal, feed, and strengthen God's people.  Most especially through preaching and the administration of the sacraments.  They receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties.  The Twelve Apostles were ordained by Jesus at the Last Supper so that others could share in his priesthood.  

The loss of a loved one can be a very difficult time in one's life.  We are here to provide you the pastoral care needed to help you get through this difficult time.  Please contact your preferred funeral director and they will help you plan the entire process. The funeral director will call our parish office to discuss details of your desired arrangement. 

St. Margaret Mary's pastoral care team will help you secure your preferred date and time; set up a  meeting with the priest to discuss the details of the liturgy and put you in touch with the Director of Music.  We will take special care to answer all of your questions.  

As well please feel free to contact the parish center at 414-461-6073 anytime you need information about funeral planning.  Funeral donation request schedule here

Learn more about how to receive the sacraments

Preparing for each of the sacraments takes time and a commitment to learn more about the Catholic Faith.  Our priest and faith formation team will meet with you to discuss the process and time frame needed for each of the sacraments.  Please see the frequently asked questions above to learn a little more about each sacrament.  When you are ready to proceed, please contact either the parish center main number, 414-461-6073, Fr. Patrick Nelson, Pastor at 414-581-2397.  Our pastoral team is here to serve you and help you on your faith journey at every step of the way.  

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