SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Pope Francis states that, “Every child who is born is a gift of joy and of hope, and every child who is baptized is a miracle of the faith and a feast for the family of God.” For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Baptismal Preparation Program is held six times per year on the second Tuesday of odd number months. We strongly urge couples to attend this program approximately three months prior to the birth of their children, so that baptisms can be conveniently planned following birth. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.
The Baptism Ministry works with Parish Ministers in assisting parents preparing to present their infants for Baptism. We inform parents about the sacramental celebration, and assist parents as the primary educators of their children in the ways of faith. For more information or to register for the baptism workshop, please contact Bill Frantz at 688-3155, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance, Confession or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is held every Saturday, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., or by appointment by calling the pastor at 513-688-3144 to reach his direct and confidential line.
SACRAMENT OF EUCHARIST
The documents of the Second Vatican Council remind us that we are never more visibly the Church than when we gather to celebrate Mass. Catholics believe the Eucharist is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Christ, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood we become, more and more, the very presence that we consume.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Confirmation is the completion of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Through this Sacrament a deepening of baptismal gifts is experienced. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God's fidelity to us.
SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to his or her spouse. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values, and a living out of one's baptism.
Marriage is a serious and sacred covenant. As soon as a couple is seriously considering marriage they should contact the Parish Office to set an appointment with the Pastor/Deacon for marriage preparation. This should be taken care of before any other permanent arrangements are made for the wedding date and reception; minimally, six months prior to the anticipated wedding date. For more information, please contact Fr. Del Staigers 688-3144 or email@example.com or, Deacon Dan Murphy 528-1622 x 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness. To discuss a possible vocation to priesthood, diaconate or religious life, please call Fr. Del Staigers (513-688-3144) or Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer (archdiocesan vocation director, 513-421-3131).
SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The Catholic Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual illness. For more information, please contact Fr. Del Staigers at 513-688-3144. You may also e-mail email@example.com. After hours, call the parish office (513-528-1622) and follow the prompts to reach a priest directly in case of serious illness or death. The Sacrament is celebrated after all Masses on the fifth Sunday of the month.