“It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me”
– Galations 2:20
Sacraments bring the life of God into the life of a human. Jesus gives his followers 7 sacraments which bring his presence and life into ours, and which draw us into the great mystery of the life of God.
If you or a friend or relative is in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick please contact one of the priests who will come and administer the anointing. No time is a bad time to call a priest to ask to be anointed.
Please remember that unless you contact us or specifically ask the hospital to contact us we have no way of knowing that you are in the hospital.
The Anointing of the Sick is also celebrated twice each year during Mass, once in Advent and once in Lent. Please watch the parish bulletin for more information of these two Masses.
In the event of a death, accident, or other life emergency, while offices are closed, please call 217-703-1042 to reach a priest.
Baptisms are celebrated on Saturday evenings during or after the 4:30 p.m. Mass and on Sunday mornings following the 11:00 a.m.
Prior to the baptism of their child, parents must attend a Baptism Class. Class dates and times are published in the parish bulletin, or can be obtained by calling the parish office.
To register for a Baptism Class and to arrange a Baptism, please contact the parish secretary at (217) 347-7129.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is held during the third grade year for both St. Anthony Grade School and our Parish School of Religion.
The date and time of the celebration of the Sacrament is dependent upon the schedule of the Diocesan Bishop.
For more information please contact the parish center at (217) 347-7129.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated every day at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, with the exception of a few days throughout the year, which are always noted in advance in the parish bulletin.
If you wish to have a Mass celebrated for one of your intentions, please contact the parish secretary at (217) 347-7129.
First Holy Communion is celebrated along with Confirmation in the Spring for those in third grade. Please contact the parish office at (217) 347-7129 for more information.
We encourage those who feel called to serve God’s people as a priest or permanent Deacon to contact us. We also encourage those women and men among us who may feel called to serve in religious life to contact us. We also ask our parishioners to encourage those who may be considering any of the above to come talk to us, or contact the Office of Vocations.
Please continue to pray for vocations.
Couples wishing to enter the Sacrament of Marriage at St. Anthony of Padua parish should contact one of the priests not less than six months prior to the intended date.
Weddings are typically celebrated on Friday evenings or on Saturdays with rehearsals the day before the ceremony, though other arrangements may be made. No wedding may begin after 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
All couples wishing to marry at St. Anthony’s must attend either a Marriage Encounter weekend or a Pre-Cana Conference. Please contact the parish secretary to register for either of these.
Before making plans for your wedding, please review the parish wedding guidelines. Should you have any questions please contact one of the priests.
The Sacrament of Penance (also called Reconciliation or Confession) is celebrated weekly. Click here to view Reconciliation times.
Penance Services with individual confessions are celebrated during the seasons of Advent and Lent and are publicized through the parish bulletin.
A penitent may also schedule a time for confession by anonymously contacting one of the priests and asking him to be in the confessional at a certain time on a certain day.
First Reconciliation is celebrated in the second grade prior to First Holy Communion and Confirmation which is celebrated in the third grade. For more information about First Reconciliation contact the parish center at (217) 347-7129.
Have questions about sacraments or need a sacramental record? Contact us for help.