Sacramental Preparation

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Making use of this Sacrament can help you to grow to be more like Christ. Some go once a year - which is the minimum required by the Church- some go monthly, some go when they know they have done something that breaks their relationship with God or someone in their life. We need to get things off our chest and we need to hear that we are forgiven. 

How do I know if I have sinned and need the Sacrament? Click here for a good Examination of Conscience. 

If it has been awhile, here is a "How To" . Remember: the priest does not remember your sins the next time he sees you. He wants you to experience freedom in Christ. 

Here is when you can experience the wonderful grace of this Sacrament at our parish:
After every 8am Mass except Wednesdays, Saturdays, 3-4pm and by appointment. 

The Sacrament of Marriage
Congratulations! You have found love and we are delighted for you. We want to help you prepare to have the best life possible, so please contact our Pastor, Fr John, at least nine months in advance of the proposed wedding date. You can contact him through the parish offices at (517) 393-3030. 

Infant Baptism
You have had a baby-congratulations! 
Baptizing your baby is an important moment both in your life and in the life of your child. When you have your child baptized, they become a child of God and enter into the life of Christ. Through baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God. It is the sacrament which gives us access to every other sacrament. Giving your child the very life of God is the best give you can give to them. 

First, contact Jen Brown either by email ( or phone (517) 393-3030, x216 to set up a meeting to go over your information. 

Second, choose a class date to attend. They are listed below. It is highly recommended that the Godparents attend so that they are able to hear and see what you are hearing and seeing. Their role is to help you raise your child in the Christian Faith. They must be a Catholic in good standing and regularly practices their faith and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please be sure to have their parish send us proof of both before the Baptism takes place. 

Third, choose a baptismal date! Invite your friends and family to witness your little one becoming a child of God. 

Baptism is the entry point in to a life of faith. Commit yourself and your family to helping your little one hear God's voice in their life and know His love. You have made a promise before God and his Church to raise your child in the faith and we are here to help you do that. We have many opportunities for you to grow in your own faith so that you can help your child-Mom's Group, Women's Discipleship Group, Men's Discipleship Group, Bible Studies, the Adoration Chapel, regular reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist-all of these things help you grow so that you can help your family grow. Be sure to take advantage of these offerings and the community you will find in these opportunities. We want to walk with you and we need you in our journies as well!

Classes will be once a month on Sundays at 2pm. The parents and Godparents are asked to come for one 2-hour session and discussion. To sign up for a class call the parish offices. The dates are:

January 5
February 2
March 1
April 5
May 3
June 7

Baptism Dates
Baptisms are on certain Sunday afternoons at 1pm in the Church. When you come for your Baptism prep you can let Jen know what date you would like to have your little one Baptized. 

January 5
January 19

February 9
February 23

March 8
March 22

April 5
April 19

May 10
May 24

June 7
June 21




Important Note

Please keep in mind that it is the policy IHM parish that children must be enrolled in Family Faith Formation or Parish School for one year before preparing for and receiving First Reconciliation/Euchrist.