Celebrating the Sacraments and Serving the Needs of the Community

Feel Christ's presence in your life through the seven sacraments. At St. Joseph Catholic Parish - Baraboo, WI, we celebrate each sacrament to deepen our Catholic faith.


Baptism is the gateway to the sacraments, and necessary for salvation by actual reception or at least by desire. It is validly conferred only by a washing of true water with proper form of words. Through baptism, men and women are freed from sin, are reborn as children of God and configured to Christ by an indelible character, and are incorporated into the Church.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrates our continuous conversion, our turning from selfishness and sin to love and generosity, in order to embrace God's forgiveness. This sacrament is meant to heal what is broken and to set free what is bound up. It is the way we're called to live as Christians.

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The policy of the Diocese of Madison requires that catechesis and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation precede the reception of First Holy Communion. According to the Sacrosanctum Concilium: "At the Last Supper, on the night He was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood - a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet."


It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace. It roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!" It unites us more firmly to Christ and increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us. It renders our bond with the Church perfect; and it gives us the special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.


The consent by which the spouses mutually give and receive one another is sealed by God Himself. From their covenant arises "an institution, confirmed by the divine law, even in the eyes of society." The covenant between the spouses is integrated into God's covenant with man:  "Authentic married love is caught up into divine love." The common policy of the Catholic Dioceses of Wisconsin requires a six-month minimum notice before the date of the marriage.

Anointing of the Sick

“The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick: This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but it is recommended to the faith and promulgated by James the apostle.” — Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1511