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As a Catholic parish family working together in harmony with God, we share our gifts and talents to promote healing, helping and hospitality
Baptism
Communion
Reconciliation
Confirmation
Marriage
Anointing of the Sick
Vocations
St. Raphael Catholic Parish      1125 Old Steese Hwy. N.      Fairbanks AK  99710      907-457-6603

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"The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucaristic sacrifice and the scaraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: baptism, Confirmation or Charismation, Eucharist, Penance [Reconciliation], Anoninting of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony."

(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1113)
The sacraments were instituted by the Lord Jesus himself and accompany us on our life’s journey of faith.  God’s grace is communicated to us through them.  The celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Anointing of the Sick, and fostering vocations to Holy Orders are at the center of what we do as a parish community. Since sacraments are so important to us as Catholic Christians, we take them very seriously and prepare to receive them carefully.
For infant baptisms read on; for children and adults please see our RCIA/RCIC page.

If you would like to have your child baptized please do the following:

Call the parish office at 457-6603 and speak with Marie Martin. She will explain the process and schedule your sacramental preparation meeting. Be prepared with the desired date for baptism. Baptisms will be scheduled after consultation with the pastoral administrator and deacon or priest.

Fill out the Baptism Registration Form and the Parish Registration Form if you are not yet registered as a parishioner at St. Raphael’s.

When filling out the form please choose at minimum one godparent that is at least 16 years of age, Confirmed in the Catholic Church and living a life of faith.

Normally baptisms are scheduled during weekend Mass in order to welcome the child into the parish community. Baptisms outside of Mass are possible as well, dependent upon the celebrant’s schedule.
Baptism
First Communion or Eucharist
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion is usually scheduled the year your child starts second grade, they must be at least 7 by May, when First Communion is celebrated. Parents, as the first and most important educators of their children, are involved in all parts of these classes.

They begin in the fall with preparation for Reconciliation, which is celebrated in December. In the spring they prepare for Communion, with our First Communion celebration in May.

If you have a child ready for this we will be registering in early August with the start of the school year.

If you have any questions please contact the Parish Office at 457-6603.
Reconciliation or Confession
Preparation for your child’s First Reconciliation and First Communion are scheduled together. Please see our page on First Communion for more information.

Confessions are every Saturday at 4:30 pm or by appointment.

We hold a Communal Penance Service, with an opportunity for individual confession and absolution, twice yearly during Advent and Lent.

If you have any questions please contact the Parish Office at 457-6603.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from unrighteousness”

1 John 1:8-9
Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation which the candidate, sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, enters more deeply into the life of the Body of Christ– the Church. Strengthened by the Holy Spirit, the confirmed are called to live more fully their Baptismal call to witness to and share Jesus’ mission of love with the world.

Confirmation represents the fullness of Christian Initiation. We invite those youth who will be fifteen by the following May to join us in the fall. These are usually our incoming freshman. Confirmation Preparation includes retreat time, study, and worship.

Confirmation is held in the spring at a date set in coordination with the Bishop’s Office. If you have a child ready for Confirmation or if you have any questions please contact Marie Martin at the parish office in early August.
"By the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit."

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1285)
Marriage
Marriage Preparation normally begins at least six months before the wedding day. You and your fiancé will need time to attend preparation classes or an engaged retreat, meet with the priest and pastoral administrator, and plan the ceremony. The parish can assist you with all of this, but the more time you allow the easier it will be.

Please contact the Parish Office to begin the process.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has lots of good information for you at For Your Marriage
http://www.foryourmarriage.org/catholic-marriage/faqs/
Anointing of the Sick
If you would like to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please contact the Parish Office at 457-6603. Please let the office staff know if it is an emergency.
If you are in the hospital please tell the staff that you are Catholic and wish to be on the Catholic List. Father Kaspar and our Stephen Ministers visit and bring Holy Communion to Catholic patients daily. They can arrange to offer Reconciliation and or anointing of the Sick.
Vocations
Do you feel God is calling you to the priesthood or religious life? Please contact the Diocesean Vocation Office for guidance.
The vocation to the priesthood and to the consecrated life constitutes a special gift of God which becomes part of the great plan of love and salvation that God has for every man and woman and for the whole of humanity. -Pope Benedict XVI
How do I get a copy of a baptismal certificate?
To get a copy of a baptismal certificate, please call the church office at (907) 457-6603 during office hours. Please have the name and the year of the baptism ready before you call. We will search our records, confirm the baptismal information, and either generate a copy of the baptismal certificate or a letter confirming the baptism. Please indicate which you would prefer. Also, be prepared to provide the name and full mailing address (for official copies with the church seal) or a fax number (if the seal is not necessary) to which the certificate or letter should be sent.