Baptisms take place six times a year and are scheduled during all weekend masses. Parents area allowed to choose which Mass they would like to baptize during the registration process. This is done on a first come first serve basis. Those who do not live within our parish boundaries, must bring a letter of permission from the parish you belong to in order to baptize at our parish community. No baptisms take during Advent or Lent. For more information on guidelins and classes, please call the office.
Confessions are heard in the Church’s reconciliation room from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays. And in the Chapel Monday and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please contact the rectory for an appointment at any other time. Parish-wide Penance Services are held during Advent and Lent.
For children in second grade, First Communion is usually celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. .
In our dioceses young people usually receive Confirmation in the tenth grade. Students that wish to received the Sacrament of Confirmation need to attend two years of instruction held at the parish prior to the ceremony. For more information call the CCD office.
Congratulations on your engagement!
Current parishioners and their children are welcome to be married at Our Lady of Sorrows. Please note that the Diocese of Brownsville requires a six to twelve month period of preparation prior to wedding. Weddings at Our Lady of Sorrows are held in the Chapel and may be scheduled up to one year in advance. The engaged couple may choose to be married at two o’clock in the afternoon OR seven o’clock in the evening. The cost for the use of the Chapel is $200.00.
Marriage is the unique sacrament where you and your spouse make the complete and irrevocable gift of yourselves to one another. We pray that you will find this to be a time of grace as you prepare to celebrate your love in this sacrament. Our Lady of Sorrows parish looks forward to assisting you, particularly as you reflect on the sacramental character of marriage in light of your own relationship.
To begin your Marriage Preparation process, please email Patsy Velaat: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who have no intention of becoming parishioners may also be married at Our Lady of Sorrows. We ask that you contact us, as to help you complete all of the necessary paperwork and will assist you with planning your wedding ceremony in conjunction with the guidelines of the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Brownsville Non-Parishioner weddings can be scheduled no sooner than one year in advance, and there will be no more than one non-parishioner wedding scheduled on any Saturday. Cost: $500 (please note: a $100 deposit is necessary to hold the date)
For weddings elsewhere
Members of the parish desiring to be married elsewhere are encouraged to obtain preliminary information about the location and the priest who will officiate. One of our parish priests can assist in preparing the couple and completing the paperwork.
If you are awaiting the decision of the Marriage Tribunal regarding a possible annulment, please wait until you have received your final papers. Parishioners desiring information about an annulment are urged to contact one of our parish priests.
Our parish welcomes those interested in joining the Catholic faith by inviting them to participate in the RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). This program usually begins in October and reception into the Church takes place during the Easter Vigil.
Communion to the Sick
Parishioners who are unable to attend Mass but wish to receive communion are urged to call the rectory and arrange for the Holy Eucharist to be brought to them at home.
Anointing of the Sick
Parishioners can call the rectory to request this sacrament. Reception of this sacrament should not be viewed as only for those in immediate danger of death. Group or communal anointings, which are periodically scheduled, are announced in the bulletin.
Funerals or Memorial Masses can be arranged through the funeral home of your choice or by calling the office directly.