The Seven Sacraments

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    Quinn Sophia Fischer, 3 months old, was baptized by Father John Boeglin at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper along with QuinnÕs twin sister, Lyla Beth, on June 30. The twins are the children of Nicholas and April (Blankenberger) Fischer of Jasper, who were both raised Catholic. Their 2-year-old daughter, Kate, also was baptized at Holy Family by Father Boeglin. The water used in baptism is meant to symbolize the washing away of original sin. The person being baptized is then anointed with a sacred chrism, which signifies the conveyance of the Holy Spirit onto that person, is given a white garment and has a baptismal candle lit. During the baptism, Quinn was surrounded by her godmother, Pam Bolte of Indianapolis, left, April, LylaÕs godmother, Abbie Fischer of Huntingburg, who was holding Lyla, and LylaÕs godfather, Matt Auffart of Ferdinand. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Lyla Beth Fischer, 3 months old, was blessed during her baptism by Father John Boeglin at Holy Family Catholic Church while being held by her godmother, Abbie Fischer of Huntingburg, on June 30. Lyla was baptized along with her twin sister, Quinn. The twinsÕ parents, Nicholas and April (Blankenberger) Fischer of Jasper, were both raised Catholic. Their 2-year-old daughter, Kate, also was baptized at Holy Family by Father Boeglin. The water used in baptism is meant to symbolize the washing away of original sin. The person being baptized is then anointed with a sacred chrism, which signifies the conveyance of the Holy Spirit onto that person, is given a white garment and has a baptismal candle lit. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Elizabeth Schepers of Celestine, 8, waited in line outside of St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine on May 5 as she prepared to receive the Catholic sacrament of Eucharist for the first time. All dressed in black and white, the children receiving their First Communion sat together in the first two pews of the church and waited for their role in the Mass to begin. Elizabeth joined classmates in carrying the gifts of the Eucharist to the altar. Following the Mass, Elizabeth and her family, along with the rest of the children, took photographs in front of the altar alongside Father Eugene Schmitt and Deacon Mike Seibert. The Eucharist is the memorial of the death and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who, as the son of God, died on the cross to save the souls of humanity from their sins. Catholics believe Christ is present in the bread and wine that each receives during Communion. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Gianna Wagner of Celestine, 8, center, smiled as she and Owen Bieker of Celestine, 8, second from right, talked in their pews before the start of Mass at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine on May 5, during which they and the rest of their group would receive the Catholic sacrament of Eucharist for the first time. The Eucharist is the memorial of the death and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who, as the son of God, died on the cross to save the souls of humanity from their sins. Catholics believe Christ is present in the bread and wine that each receives during Communion. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Brooke Mullen of St. Anthony, second from left, talked with her confirmation sponsor and aunt, Angi Seffernick of Ferdinand, as they waited in line with the rest of the confirmation group at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in St. Anthony on April 7. Confirmation is celebrated by a bishop and takes place during Mass. Prior to the Mass, those being confirmed take classes, sometimes with their sponsors, to prepare themselves for the Catholic rite of passage. The sacrament of confirmation is meant to complete the full initiation of a person into the Catholic faith. It marks the recipient with the ÒsealÓ of the Holy Spirit, represented by a priestÕs marking the confirmed with a sacred chrism, or oil, and the laying on of hands. It is a renewal of the baptismal vows to practice and preach the Catholic faith. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Bridget Gehlhausen of Jasper and Matthew Fleck of Ferdinand walked together as Mr. and Mrs. Fleck out of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ireland on their wedding day June 1. The sacrament of matrimony is considered a covenant between baptized persons by the Catholic Church. They are meant to Òattain holiness in their married lifeÓ and to educate their children in the ways of the church, according to the faithÕs catechism. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Seminarian Gwang-Woo Elijah Cho, of the Diocese of Busan in South Korea, fixed the collar of fellow seminarian Xavier Raj Yesudasan, of the Diocese of Palayamkottai in India, as they and Benjamin Syberg, of the Diocese of Indianapolis, second from left, and Mauricio Abeldano Flores, of the Diocese of Memphis, Tenn., waited together in the Chapter Room at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad before their ordination as transitional deacons April 6. These seminarians are among those studying to become Catholic priests at Saint Meinrad Seminary. Syberg began studying to become a priest in 2006. ÒIÕm being ordained to serve the people I love and the people I care about,Ó he said. The sacrament of holy orders comes in three degrees in the Church: first as a deacon, then a priest and, for some, a bishop. Oftentimes a seminarian will be ordained as a priest in his home diocese. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Deacon Tim Wyciskalla of the Diocese of Indianapolis lay prostrate on the floor next to his fellow seminarians before Archbishop of Indianapolis Joseph W. Tobin during their ordination as deacons at Saint Meinrad Archabbey on April 6. It was Òthe most profound experience IÕve gone through in my life,Ó Deacon Wyciskalla said after the ceremony. While laying prostrate, he tried to imagine all the saints praying for him and felt the support of his community. He studied four years in college and then three years at Saint Meinrad prior to being ordained. Those wishing to become priests must first be ordained as deacons. The sacrament of holy orders comes in three degrees in the Church: first as a deacon, then a priest and, for some, a bishop. Oftentimes a seminarian will be ordained a priest in his home diocese. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Mary Ann Seng of Jasper received a blessing of absolution from Father Gene Heerdink at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper on March 19 during a communal reconciliation service. The church offered the service for its members to all receive the sacrament of penance and reconciliation. The sacrament is meant to give Catholics the opportunity to confess their sins and to ask GodÕs forgiveness through a priest. Seng said she goes for the personal gratification and feeling of being uplifted afterward. ÒWe all need grace,Ó she said. ÒMy relationship with other people could use some improvement.Ó After the contrite person has confessed her sins to the priest, she is absolved and given a penance to perform as deemed necessary by the priest. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Rita Oeding of Jasper listened as Father Ray Brenner of St. Joseph Catholic Church read aloud prayers during the sacrament of anointing of the sick at Memorial Hospital in Jasper on May 24. Oeding, 84, had been admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. The Catholic sacrament of anointing of the sick is meant to provide Òstrengthening, courage and peaceÓ to those receiving it, according to the faithÕs catechism. It involves a blessing with oil and a reading from Scripture and is meant to provide the sick or elderly with the spiritual strength to endure or overcome their illness. Matthew Busch/The Herald