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The Sacraments


The reception of the Sacrament of Baptism initiates one into the believing Christian community.This Sacrament brings new life by water and the Holy Spirit and frees us from sin. Baptismal preparation sessions are scheduled each month alternating between Sacred Heart and St. Anthony parishes. For inforamtion on upcoming baptism classes and to register for the class, please call the parish office at 217.347.7177. You may also click here for our updated parish calendar. These informative sessions explore the meaning of the Sacrament and explain the Rite of Baptism. Parents and godparents benefit from this information in their role of sharing faith with their children. After taking the Baptism Class parents are asked to contact the parish priests to schedule the Baptism. We look forward to welcoming you and/or your children into the faith here at Sacred Heart Parish!


Sacramental Reconciliation is the external reality of the love and forgiveness of God through sign, symbol and prayer. Celebrating this ritual is the constant reminder of God's presence in our lives. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we partake in the mercy of God. Healing of sins is given through the Ministry of the Church, and we are reconciled to God and to one another. Reconciliation is celebrated Saturdays at 3:00pm (which is one hour before Mass), 30 minutes prior to all weekday Masses, and anytime by appointment with the parish priest. Communal Reconciliation Services are held during Advent and Lent (see Parish Calendar for specifics). Second graders baptized in the faith receive the Sacrament for the first time prior to their receiving the Eucharist. Parents accept responsibility of preparing their children for this Sacrament, while school and PSR teachers assist in this preparation. Children are encouraged to ask questions and deepen their appreciation of the gift of the Sacrament.


This holy sacrament is at the heart of the Christian experience of God. Special emphasis is given in preparation of the young children for their first celebration of this sacrament. Children baptized in the Catholic faith receive their First Holy Communion as second graders. Parents have the privilege and responsibility of preparing their children for this sacrament. Parent meetings, instruction, and sacramental preparation begins at the start of the second grade. Students preparing for First Communion will complete their first Reconciliation in November or December, with First Communion in the spring. A parent retreat is scheduled for Sunday, February 26 (time TBD), and at least one parent must attend. Please save the date for the 2017 First Communion Mass which is scheduled for Sunday, April 30, at noon at Sacred Heart Church. 


Confirmation is the Sacrament that strengthens the new life that began with Baptism. The Ritual of the Sacrament says: "Be sealed with the Holy Spirit".  Confirmation seals a person with the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude (Courage), Knowledge, Piety (Reverence), and Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe). Also referred to as a maturity in faith, Confirmation is celebrated with our young adults once they have completed instruction, retreats, and service work - in the 8th grade. For additional information, please call the parish office at 217.347.7177 or email shchurch@sheff.org. Please save the date as the 2017 Confirmation Mass is scheduled for Sunday, April 23, at 1:00pm.


Marriage in the Catholic Church, also called matrimony, is the covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring, and which has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptized. When we participate in the Sacrament of Matrimony, we are participating in God's beautiful creation process, as we fulfill what He intended for our lives. Throughout marriage preparation the couple grows in their understanding of one another and themselves, thus becoming co-creators with God in the process of creation. They create love. And, as the couple realizes the presence of God in each other, they grow spiritually. At Sacred Heart, we desire to help couples prepare personally and spiritually for a fulfilling and powerful Christian marriage. Engaged couples are required to participate in Pre-Cana classes as well as a six-month preparation period with our parish priest in FOCUS marriage preparation. To begin your marriage preparation, please contact us at 217.347.7177 or via email at shchurch@sheff.org

Anointing the Sick

A celebration of Christ's loving concern for members of the Church who are seriously ill (physically, emotionally, or spiritually) is brought about through this healing sacrament. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is also provided twice yearly as a communal celebration at special Sunday Masses. Parishioners are invited to ask for anointing and to celebrate it with complete faith and devotion. If you wish to be annointed, please call the parish office at 217.347.7177 to make arrangements with a parish priest.

In the event of a death, accident, or other life emergency, during non-business hours, please contact 217-703-1042 to reach a priest.