The sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. “The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.”

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The RCIA is open to all those interested in becoming Catholic.

If you are interested in becoming a Catholic or perhaps you are already a Catholic and have not completed the sacraments of initiation, that is you have been baptized but not received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist and would like to do so, RCIA is the program that will help you to complete the initiation process.  Call the Parish Office at 216-226-7577 for more information.

Do you know anyone who:

  1. Is Catholic, has made First Communion but is not Confirmed?
  2. Is Catholic, over the age of 7 and has not made First Communion?
  3. Was Baptized in another Christian Church, but wants to be a mber of the Catholic Church?
  4. Has never been Baptized, but wants to be?
  5. Is married to a Catholic, but is not Catholic thselves, and would like to know more about the Church?

If you checked any of the above, fill in this form and drop it in the collection basket or return it to the Parish Office. (If you are filling this out with someone else in mind, get their permission first!)
We would love to get in touch!

Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”5

(Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Baptism is available at 12:00 p.m. the last Sunday of the month and at Masses by arrangement.  Parents must attend a Pre-Baptism class and Godparents must have sponsor certificates.

Reconciliation
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.”4

  • It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father5 from whom one has strayed by sin.
  • It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.
  • It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential elent of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” – acknowledgment and praise – of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.
  • It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace.”6
  • It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the live of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.”7 He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.”8

(Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Reconciliation is available Saturday 3:15 – 3:45 p.m., or by appointment. (Beginning March 9, 2019 Reconciliation time will be 3:00pm-3:45pm)

Marriage

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between thselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”84

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of “the wedding-feast of the Lamb.”85 Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its “mystery,” its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin and its renewal “in the Lord” in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church.86

(Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Marriage arrangents are to be made at least six months in advance with a priest or deacon.

Annointing of the Sick

“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise th up and save th. And indeed she exhorts the to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting thselves to the Passion and death of Christ.”97

(Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Anointing of the Sick by request at nursing home, hospital or home. Please call the Parish Office 216-226-7577