The Seven Sacraments continue the saving work of Jesus until he comes again and form the center of the celebration of the Christian mystery. Through the ministry of the Church, all are invited to hear the Good News, follow Christ and share in these saving mysteries: mysteries that symbolize, make possible, realize and nurture the grace of the sacraments in the baptized.”

Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis

The Seven Sacraments

The Seven Sacraments are visible signs instituted by Jesus Christ to confer grace (see the scripture references under the Sacrament titles below). In the Catholic Church, each of the Sacraments fall under one of 3 categories: Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Healing and Sacraments at the Service of Communion.

Sacraments of Initiation

“The sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. ‘The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity’ (Pope Paul VI).”

– CCC 1212


Matthew 28:19

Just as life begins with conception, spiritual life begins with the sacrament of Baptism. In Baptism, we each experience the “death” of original sin, along with corresponding “resurrection” to life with Christ. At various times throughout the year, Baptismal preparation programs are conducted; baptisms may be scheduled with the Pastor. Baptism Preparation


Matthew 26:26-29

Celebration of the Eucharist consecrates us to oneness with God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. A defining moment in the spiritual life of each Catholic is First Eucharist, celebrated in second grade, or upon entering the church through the RCIA process. Preparation for this special experience occurs on an academic-year calendar, from September through May. RCIAFirst Communion


Acts 8:14-17

Confirmation, the sacrament of the Holy Spirit, is the defining point of spiritual maturity for Catholics. This special sacrament, sometimes conducted on a full diocesan basis, is celebrated during eighth grade or as part of the RCIA process. RCIAEighth Grade Confirmation

Sacraments of Healing

“The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health,3 has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members. This is the purpose of the two sacraments of healing: the sacrament of Penance and the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.”

– CCC 1421

Penance (Reconciliation/Confession)

John 20:21-23

Spiritual renewal through confession and sincere contrition is fundamental to Catholic life. Weekly confessions are heard on Saturday afternoons in the reconciliation rooms in the Worship Center or by special appointment. Special communal penance services are also held during the spiritual seasons of lent and Advent. Guide to ConfessionExamination of Conscience

Anointing of the Sick

Matthew 10:1

The healing Christ touches His people during serious sickness through Anointing of the Sick. Through this sacrament, God helps his people to endure suffering during times of illness and provides for their reconciliation. Ministry to the sick involves visits to hospitals or homebound parishioners. Contact the office or one of the priests to arrange for home visit; Special ministers are also available to bring communion on a regular basis.

Sacraments at the  Service of Communion

“…Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God..”

– CCC 1534


Matthew 19:5-6

Spirit and flesh; individuals become a family as they become joined in holy matrimony. Because of the seriousness of this Sacrament, St. Philip has firm requirements for preparation and planning. Before any plans can be made, the prospective spouses must meet with one of the priests and reserve the Church at least four months before marriage. Couples must participate in a Diocesan Engaged Couples Retreat or other approved marriage prepatory program and attend pastoral counseling sessions.

Holy Orders

Acts 13:2-3

As couples become married to each other, so too, do priests become married to the Church through Holy Orders. Priests act in the person of Christ in the sacraments.

Praying for vocations is a responsibility inherent to the Catholic experience and lifestyle. Those who feel drawn to serve God and the Church in this way may seek pastoral counseling for guidance.

Sacramental Preparation

“The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.”
– CCC 1131

Special Note Regarding Baptismal Certificates

ALL Students receiving the sacraments of First Eucharist or Confirmation must turn in a copy of their baptismal certificate to be Registered for Religious Education/Sacramental Prep classes. Turn in a copy of your child’s certificate to Maria Herrera in the Youth Formation Office, moc.nilknarFpilihPtS@arerreHM, 615-550-2840.


Do you want to baptize your child? First, schedule an appointment with Fr. Bala at 615-550-2832, then, you must attend a Baptism Preparation Class. Our classes are held monthly throughout the year. Families do not need to register for the class, just come in on the day of the class.

  • Baptism Preparation Classes in English are held the first Sunday of the month after the 11:00am Mass in the Parish Conference Room (off the Kitchen). For more information, contact Mike Quillin, moc.nilknarFpilihPtS@perPmsitpaB.
  • Baptism Preparation Classes in Spanish are held on the third Sunday of the month, after the 1:00pm Mass in Meeting Room 105. For more information, contact Ana Bougrat, (615) 719-6893.

Reconciliation (Confession) & Eucharist

Reconciliation (Confession) Times

English: Saturday, 4:00-5:00 pm, or other times by calling Father Bala or Father Eric.
Spanish: Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm, or other times by calling Father Ramon.

First Reconciliation occurs during the second grade for children, or in conjunction with RCIA.

Appropriate Sacramental Formation is critical to the proper reception and life-long practice of the Sacraments. To that end, all students wishing to receive any sacrament must attend Religious Education Faith Formation classes for the two years prior to the sacrament being received with a minimum of 75% attendance. During the first and second year, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Level II students prepare for and celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time. Parents have an important role in the preparation for these sacraments; and are asked to attend the 6 mandatory Meditation Series evenings with their child. All meetings will be hosted by Melissa Doyle, CGS Coordinator, and are held for the purpose of presenting talks on the respective Sacraments, and all details related to the Sacraments. Parents are also encouraged to attend Adult Faith Formation as they continue their own faith formation journey.

Guide to ConfessionExamination of Conscience


Confirmation Preparation is a 2 year process at St. Philip. All middle school students age 12 and over must complete both years of Confirmation preparation at St. Philip, regardless of their grade. Confirmation 1 and Confirmation 2 students are asked to attend weekly Faith Formation sessions on Sunday at 9:30am or 11:15am (in Spanish) or Wednesdays at 5:00pm with a minimum of 75% of attendance. During these sessions, first year, Confirmation 1, students and parents explore the beauty of Theology of the Body for Middle Schoolers; second year, Confirmation 2, students and parents delve into the Sacrament of Confirmation and what it means to be Catholic.

  • Confirmation 1 students are also required to complete 10 service hours (5 for the community and 5 for the church) and attend the diocesan Sealed retreat.
  • Confirmation 2 students are required to complete 20 service hours (10 for the community and 10 for church), attend Sealed Retreat and Youth 2000.

Teens who have not yet received the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, or Confirmation should contact Julianne Staley Youth / Catechesis Coordinator, 615-550-2838, to assess what additional formation may be required. Parents are also encouraged to attend Adult Faith Formation as they continue their own faith formation journey.


Must be scheduled with Father Bala, 615-870-2171.  Four months notice required.  Couple must attend the  Diocesan preparation program. To talk with someone about the program, call the Engaged Couple Formation office at 615-383-6393.

Communion for the Sick

Provided by Ministers of Care in homes, hospitals, and nursing homes.  To make arrangements, contact Jim Britz: moc.nilknarFpilihPtS@eraCfOsretsiniM.

Examination of Conscience

Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance [Confession], one should prepare themselves with an examination of conscience.  An examination of conscience is a “prayerful self-reflection on our words and deeds in the light of the Gospel to determine how we may have sinned against God” (— Glossary, The Catechism of the Catholic Church.)

Begin with these 3 questions…

1. Do I approach the sacrament of Penance with a sincere desire for purification, conversion, renewal of life, and a more intimate friendship with God? Or do I consider it rather as a burden, which I am only rarely willing to bear?

2. Have I purposefully forgotten or kept silent regarding grave sins in my most recent confession, or earlier confessions?

3. Have I fulfilled the penance that was imposed on me? Have I made reparation for the damage that I’ve done? Have I sought to put into practice my resolutions to amend my life according to the Gospel?

Then focus on these 3 main areas…

I. The Lord says: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart”

II. The Lord says: “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Christ the Lord says: “Be perfect, as the Father is perfect”