209 Lumina Avenue S.

Wrightsville Beach, NC  28480

(910 ) 256-2471


CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS AT ST. THERESE

Baptism
Infants and children under the age of six are welcomed to the Sacrament of Baptism provided that at least one parent is committed to be a practicing Catholic and to raise her/his children as a Catholic.  Baptisms are not celebrated during Lent except in emergencies.

Parents should first introduce themselves to the Pastor after Mass if you do not already know him personally. You should then contact the parish office and arrange to attend the Baptismal Preparation class. It is appropriate to begin this process before the child has been born but parents are welcome to inquire at any time. Children age six and above are prepared for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children which includes Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Arrangements for this process may be made with the parish office.

Adults are welcomed into the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The first step in this process is to have a conversation with the pastor or pastoral associate. Persons who have been baptized already in another Christian tradition are not re-baptized but are received into the Catholic Church with the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist after making a Profession of Faith.

Please click  here  to download a copy of the Baptismal Guidelines.

 
Confirmation
The normal age for reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Raleigh is while a young person is in the 10th grade. A two year period of preparation is required. This process begins with registering in our Faith Formation Program. For further information contact our Faith Formation Coordinator.

Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturdays from 4:15 pm until 5:00 pm in the Reconciliation Room located in St. Therese Church. Communal celebrations are scheduled at St. Therese and other area parishes during the seasons of Advent and Lent.  Our pastor is available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation by appointment: contact the church office or the pastor to schedule. Children are prepared to celebrate Reconciliation as part of their preparation for First Holy Communion.
 
Holy Eucharist
Masses are celebrated during the week daily Tuesday through Friday.  See our weekly schedule (or any changes) on the Parish Home Page or in the bulletin.

Eucharistic Ministers and our pastor bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound. Please contact the church office to schedule a convenient time.

The normal age for First Holy Communion in the Diocese of Raleigh is during 2nd grade. Preparation is offered in our Faith Formation Program. Contact our Children's Ministry Coordinator for details.

Anointing of the Sick
Persons who are concerned about their health are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing. Please contact the parish office if you are ill, preparing for surgery, homebound or hospitalized to receive this Sacrament of healing and peace.

Marriage
Couples wishing to celebrate their wedding at St. Therese should contact the parish office or our pastor at least six months prior to their wedding. This time is needed for the required Marriage Preparation, to complete the necessary papers, and to schedule and plan a wedding ceremony.


Please note - Since we are an active parish serving over 800 families and have limited resources, we cannot accommodate all requests from outside the parish.  Priority is given to our parishioners who have been registered and active at St. Therese for at least one year.  Therefore, we are not able to confirm a wedding date more than six months ahead of time for non-parishioners.


Please click here  to download the Wedding Guide.


Funerals
We at St. Therese want to express our sympathy at the loss of your loved one.  Please contact the Parish Office to notify us of a death in your family.

To assist you during this difficult time, please download and complete the Funeral and Liturgy Planning Form to be returned to the Parish Office.  Music selection can viewed by clicking the Music List. 


RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process in which non-Catholic adults (inquirers) learn about the rich tradition and teachings of our faith and gradually prepare for full initiation and welcome into the Catholic Church.


There are four phases in the RCIA process:

1.  Inquiry/Precatechumenate: Individuals (Inquirers) join in community to become acquainted with the Catholic Church, ask questions and grow in relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior.

2.   Catechumenate: Participants grow and deepen in faith and conversion, participate in parish worship and life, and continue their studies of Catholicism.  This period concludes with the Rite of Election, in which the Church formally acknowledges the readiness of participants to move forward in the RCIA journey.

3.   Purification and Enlightenment:  Participants, now known as the Elect, enter deeply into the season of Lent.  This is a time of intense prayer, reflection and conversion of heart.  This phase ends with the Easter Vigil, in which the Elect receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion and are fully welcomed into the Catholic Church.                      

4.   Mystagogy: In this final period of initiation, the newly initiated, now known as Neophytes, reflect on the mysteries of our faith and experience full membership into our faith community.

Those interested in inquiring about RCIA at St. Therese are encouraged to contact Megan Gavrillen in the main office.  

Sacraments

​​Mass Schedule

Tuesday - Friday: 12pm: Mass

Thursday 12:30 - 4pm: Adoration

Saturday: 4:15pm Reconciliation... 5:30pm: Mass

Sunday: 8am: Mass; 10:30am: Mass