"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission"
-- Catechism of the Catholic Church
Parents and Godparents are required to attend a Baptism class. St. Therese Catholich Church of Canton offers the class once a month. Please call the office to register for the class.
For children older than Second grade who have not been baptized, participation in RCIA will prepare them for all needed sacraments.
Deacon Larry Edwards, (903) 275-8561 (English)
If you are unbaptized or baptized in another Christian faith and are interested in joining the Catholic Church, we invite you to explore the RCIA program at St. Therese.
Melissa slagle , (903) 567-5813
"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion."
-- Catechism of the Catholic Church
Confession is available either face-to-face or anonymous (behind the screen) during the following time:
Communal penance service is celebrated on each season of the liturgical year.
The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion are traditionally conferred through Faith Formation Classes at St. Therese.
"At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'" -- Catechism of the Catholic Church
Subject to seasonal and Holy Day adjustments, this is our normal Mass Schedule:
11:30 a.m. (Spanish)
8:00 a.m. (Monday)
7:00 p.m. (Wednesday)
7:00 a.m. (Thursday & Friday)
Holy Eucharist is brought to parishioners unable to attend mass. Trained ministers bring communion to persons in the hospital, nursing homes and to those who cannot leave their homes. Please call Shirley McMahan (903) 567-4315 to make this arrangement.
"Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "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. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." -- Catechism of the Catholic Church
Confirmation is held on May 15th for all students prepared through Faith Formation Classes.
Those who are received into Catholic Faith through RCIA are confirmed every Easter Saturday.
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." -- Catechism of the Catholic Church
To inquire about marriage preparation please contact Fr. Selvaraj Sinnappan or Deacon John Fadely at least 6 months before the intended wedding date.
"Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate." --Catechism of the Catholic Church
While all the baptized go through a discernment of vocation, sometimes that discernment leads towards the priesthood and religious life. For more information on vocations, please see the Diocese of Tyler, Texas website.
"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed She exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ." --Catechism of the Catholic Church
This sacrament is intended for the strengthening and healing of those who are ill, elderly or about to undergo an operation. It is a normal part of Catholic life: not just for the dying, but for anyone who is seriously ill. It may be received when a person is at home or in the hospital. Our parish celebrates a communal anointing of the sick, in the context of Mass, several times a year.
Please call the church any time, day or night. After business hours, call the emergency phone at (903) 567-4286 if you or a loved one wish to receive this sacrament.