Adults who wish to become Catholics will receive sacraments as part of the RCIA ritual.
Sacraments of Initiation
The baptism of an infant or young child (up to the age of seven years old) is celebrated according to the Church’s Rite of Infant Baptism. The sacrament of baptism is celebrated on the second and fourth Saturday each month. Prior to the celebration, parents and godparents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Class which is offered on the third Friday of each month. Please call the Parish Office (520-625-4536) for more information.
The baptism of children seven years or older is celebrated after they have received baptismal instruction and the child is enrolled in and attending our religious education program. The child will receive the sacrament when instruction is completed.
The baptism of adults is celebrated using the Church’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This is an extended formation process consisting of various catechetical periods and liturgical celebrations leading to a celebration of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at an Easter Vigil. For more information, please call the Parish Office (520-625-4536).
For baptized Catholic children who are at least seven years of age, formation is part of the religious education program. Students must have received the sacrament of Reconciliation.
It is the policy of the Diocese of Tucson that with Catholics who were baptized in infancy or early childhood, Confirmation is celebrated when they are at least fifteen years of age. Preparation of those eligible to celebrate the sacrament begins with the start of the school year.
Sacraments of Care
Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying
Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament is intended for persons who are at least of Catechetical age (7 years). Please contact the Parish Office to make an appointment (625-4536).
For those who are preparing for surgery, afflicted with a serious, (though temporary) or chronic illness (be it physical or mental), or are elderly, it may be celebrated individually by making an appointment with a priest of the parish. If possible, other family members and/or friends should accompany the person during the celebration. The celebration may occur at the parish, at the person’s home, in the hospital or nursing care facility.
When it is clear that the person is dying, they receive prayers of commendation (commending the person to the Lord’s eternal care) and Viaticum (communion as “food for the journey”) if it is possible for the person to receive communion.
This sacrament is also administered at our parish every first Friday after the 8AM mass.
The sacrament of Penance is celebrated with individual confession each Wednesday and Friday after the 8AM Mass and Saturday from 3 – 3:45 PM in the church. It may be celebrated at any time by appointment with a priest (call the Parish Office to make an appointment – 625-4536).
The sacrament is celebrated during a communal celebration of a Liturgy of the Word with individual confession during Advent and Lent. Posting of the date and time will be in the parish bulletin at the start of each of these Liturgical Seasons.
First Penance is celebrated each spring. A formation program to prepare for this celebration is a part of the Parish’s Religious Education Program.
Sacraments of Vocation
Weddings are celebrated throughout the year, except during Lent (the 6 weeks prior to Easter). Marriage Preparation is to begin at least 6 months prior to the wedding. It is strongly recommended that a couple planning to be married at Our Lady of the Valley Parish contact the parish (625-4536) to schedule an initial interview with the Pastor before making any contractual arrangements with a facility for their reception. During the initial interview with a priest of the parish, the couple will be provided with all the necessary information needed for their preparation experience.
Holy Orders and Religious Life
Young men who are considering a call to being a priest (either as a Diocesan Priest or as a priest of a Religious Community) or as a Brother (in a Religious Community) are encouraged to contact the Vocations Department at the Diocese of Tucson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young women who are considering a call to religious life as a Sister or Nun are encouraged to contact a priest of the parish for direction in the discernment process.
For both men and women, there is an online resource concerning the various Religious Orders and Communities of men and women: VocationMatch.com (EncuentroCatolica.org). This site allows seekers to match their personal profiles against the profiles of hundreds of participating Religious Orders and Communities.