A person becomes a member of the Catholic Church through Baptism. This is completed by the sacrament of Confirmation—the outpouring of God’s spirit—and lived out in daily Christian living nourished by the sacraments.
Active membership in a particular parish is a requirement for the celebration of marriage, for eligibility for Confirmation, for Baptism of one’s child, for First Communion for one’s child, and for special benefits such as tuition subsidy in parishes with schools.
It is the hope and prayer of the pastor and parish leadership that every baptized Catholic—whether active or not active up to this point—can be helped to develop a closer relationship with God and Jesus Christ and to receive encouragement and spiritual support in their journey of faith.
Occasionally, an individual formally registers in the parish in order to gain immediate benefits and, sadly, he/she does not follow through with the level of participation requested above. We now require one year of active membership in order to be eligible for benefits. This time-requirement may be waived if the individual presents documented proof that he/she was a registered member, contributed financially to, and actively participated in the parish where he/she lived.