Sacraments at Mater Dei
For All Catholics
For Mater Dei Parishioners
For those who desire to Convert or who are Coming Back to Catholicism
For more information, contact the Parish Office at:
For All Catholics
Confessions heard before and after all Masses
Confessional booths are located at the back of the chapel, and signs point to where the confessional line begins.
Contact the parish as needed. In case of emergency, call the sacramental emergency hotline: (972) 438-7600 – Option #1.
For Mater Dei Parishioners
PLEASE NOTE: Fill out the corresponding registration forms below, and deliver to the office before the sacrament is conducted.
Infants – Contact the parish office at least one month before the due date of a child to make arrangements.
Adults – Please visit the Adult Sacraments of Initiation section below.
First Communions are as a group (usually once a year, around May or June), or individually (at any time by arrangement). Contact the parish office at least six weeks before to make arrangements. Those who are to receive their first communion will need to provide proof that they are prepared for the sacrament (an interview with one of the priests at Mater Dei), and a current baptismal certificate (issued from the place of baptism within six months of the date of first communion – mailed from the place of baptism directly to Mater Dei).
Confirmations are held once each year, usually during early Summer. All those to be confirmed will need to provide proof that they are prepared for the sacrament (an interview with one of the priests at Mater Dei), and a current baptismal certificate (issued from the place of baptism within six months of the date of confirmation – mailed from the place of baptism directly to Mater Dei). Letters of suitability may be required of the sponsor. Dates will be announced approximately two months prior to confirmation.
Also see: Confirmation at Mater Dei
Contact the parish office to meet with one of the parish priests a minimum of six months prior to proposed date; preparation program required.
Also see: Mater Dei Parish Wedding Guidelines
For planning the actual funeral, you do not need to notify the parish office before the time of death since the parish cannot make any arrangements until that time. Do contact the Sacramental Emergency Line immediately if in need of Last Rites: (972) 438-7600 – Option #1.
When a loved one dies, you should first contact the funeral home that will be handling your arrangements. The funeral home will contact the parish and will work closely with the family and the parish. The parish has worked with many funeral homes and has no preferences or recommendations.
Also see: Mater Dei Guide and Policy for Funerals
Coming Home and
Conversion to Catholicism
Adult Sacraments of Initiation
Coming Home to the Catholic Church
There’s an old saying that goes, “Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.” Maybe you have been away from the Church for a little while or for quite some time, but now you feel a tug at your heart calling you back to the Catholic Church. Listen to that tug. It’s your Heavenly Father reaching his arms out to you, the Holy Spirit whispering in your ear, hoping to draw you home.
To begin your journey, simply speak to a priest in our confessionals, or make an appointment with a priest by contacting the parish office.
For answers to questions that many ask as they journey home to the Catholic Church, visit catholicscomehome.org.
Converting to Catholicism
If you have either been baptized in another Christian tradition or never baptized, and are seriously considering entering the Catholic Church, we welcome you!
Entering fully to Catholicism
If you were baptized in the Catholic faith and have not received all of the other Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation, Eucharist), we welcome you!
The process at Mater Dei
Taking into consideration that individuals seeking to enter, or more fully enter, the Church have varying degrees of knowledge about Catholicism, your preparation for coming into the Church is an individualized process at Mater Dei. A specific priest will work with you personally as you move towards full initiation into the Catholic Church; he will have books for you to read and will meet with you regularly to learn about and discuss Church teaching. He will work closely with you through this process and determine with you when you are ready to enter fully into the Church.
If a number of individuals are concurrently working towards fully entering the Church, it may be decided that an appropriate Adult Faith Formation class may be instituted for a season.
To start the process at Mater Dei parish of entering or more fully coming into the Church, contact the parish secretary at 972-438-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also see: Converting or Coming Back to Catholicism