Adults interested in joining the Catholic Church or celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, please visit our RCIA page, or contact St. Maria Goretti’s Office of Worship and RCIA at 268-2960 to inquire about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process.
A Mass with Anointing of the Sick is held twice a year, with a luncheon following.
For an immediate need, please contact the Parish Office 608-271-7421.
Preparing for your child's Baptism at St. Maria Goretti Parish
During the months of pregnancy and preparing to welcome new life into your family, it is important for you as Christian parents to plan for your child's welcome into the Christian Community. The sacrament of Baptism begins your child's faith journey as a Christian. St. Maria Goretti Parish offers a Baptism Preparation Class. We encourage you to participate in this class before your child is born.
For the parents of a first child
STEP 1: As you begin to think about your child's baptism, please call the parish office (271-7421) to sign up for a Baptism Preparation Class. These classes are usually offered on the first Tuesday of each month. (However, to be sure that it will be on that day, please inquire when you register for the class.) The godparents for your child are welcome to attend this preparation class with you.
STEP 2: Attend the BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASS, held in the Church. Please sign up for the class by calling the parish office (608-271-7421).
STEP 3: After the birth of your child, call the parish office to schedule a date for the baptism.
STEP 4: On the Sunday of the baptism, arrive at the Church by 12 Noon. Someone from St. Maria Goretti Parish Baptism Preparation Ministry will greet you and show you to your places in the church.
For parents of a second, third, fourth, etc., child
STEP 1: During the months of pregnancy, take time to reflect once again on the sacrament of Baptism. Renew yourself in the meaning and purpose of this sacrament for your next child. If you have any questions or would like further reflection time with someone from the parish Baptism Preparation Ministry, please do call the parish office. If you have not attended a Baptism Preparation Class previously, we invite you to attend such a class now.
STEP 2: If you have not attended this class before, call the parish office to register for a Baptism Preparation Class. Also contact the parish office to schedule your child's baptism.
STEP 3: Arrive at St. Maria Goretti Church by 12 Noon. Someone from the Baptism Preparation Ministry will greet you and show you to your places in the church.
- The parents (or the Catholic parent, if the parents are of different religions) of the child to be baptized must be registered members of St. Maria Goretti Parish.
- Non-parishioners who wish for their child to be baptized at St. Maria Goretti Parish will need to obtain a letter of delegation from their parish priest to have the child baptized outside of their parish.
- At least one of the godparents for the child must be Catholic, 16 years of age, and confirmed in the Catholic faith. If there is a non-Catholic godparent, she/he must be baptized in a Christian faith and be of sufficient age and maturity to understand his/her role of supporting the parents in bringing up the child as a Christian.
Preparing for Your Wedding
Marriage Preparation Team
This is a married couple ministry. Couples should be married at least two years. The presenting couple will witness and share their married life experiences with couples intent on entering a sacramental marriage. The topics include communication, conflict/forgiveness, self-awareness, intimacy/sexuality and the couple's faith journey. There is a step-by-step written and oral instruction plan set to your pace. New volunteer couples will be instructed by veteran marriage preparation couples and religious from our parish.
The ministry is challenging, but intensely rewarding. You need not be a great speaker. If you love the gift of your Christian marriage, let it shine on the new families-to-be of our parish. Marriage preparation programs run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or may entail two evening sessions.
The Wedding Coordinator assists the couple in preparing for the sacramental celebration of marriage. He/she guides the couple in planning the liturgical celebration, is available to the couple through all the stages of planning and preparing, and is present and of assistance during the wedding rehearsal and actual celebration of the sacrament of marriage.
Contact the Parish Office: 271-7421
"It is very fulfilling working with couples as they thank God for bringing them together. Every couple has a story; helping plan their wedding ceremony so they can tell that story using God’s word is a shared blessing. It is an honor and a privilege to be with them as they begin their marriage and stand before God and their family and friends and declare their intentions."
Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study is a ministry between a volunteer married couple and an engaged couple soon to be married. It is a requirement for marriage at St. Maria Goretti Parish. Engaged couples meet twice with the FOCCUS facilitator couple and then with the pastor. Like the marriage preparation day ministry, this volunteer opportunity is for couples who wish to help the engaged to a successful lifetime commitment together. Unlike the marriage preparation day ministry, the FOCCUS facilitating couples work with one engaged couple at a time.
Contact: Marilyn Kinney, 271-2760
Marriage Preparation Day
The Marriage Preparation Day is very special for the engaged couples. As guests, they are offered breakfast snacks, a lunch and light snacks/beverages in the afternoon. The food is paid for by the participants through the diocese. Singles, friends, married couples, with or without families, may be interested in this service to the parish. The hospitality team prepares the food and beverages, sets and clears the tables and attends to other facility-related needs of the engaged couples. It is a full day commitment.
"Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding"
This video from USCCB for engaged couples serves as an introduction to the Rite of Marriage and answers questions frequently asked about Catholic marriage.