The Catholic Church is a sacramental church. Our lives as Catholics revolve around the celebration of the sacraments at significant moments in our lives. A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. A sacrament is a symbol that effects what it symbolizes, it brings it about. A sacrament is an encounter with the risen, living Christ. Therefore, a sacrament is grace-filled.
Sacraments of Initiation
The sacrament where it all begins. Baptism grafts one on to the life of Jesus Christ and his Body the Church. In Baptism, one becomes an adopted daughter or son of God, a member of the Church. Baptism preparation for new parents is given by Bob and Molly Orsini. Their contact number is 614-446-5622. After baptism preparation, call the parish office to schedule your child’s baptism. The pastor or deacon will preside at the baptism.
Seventh and Eighth grade students go through a two year preparation for the sacrament of confirmation. Confirmation is a sealing of one’s baptism. Ordinarily the Bishop comes to celebrate this sacrament with the students. Through the imposition of hands and anointing with the oil of Chrism, the Holy Spirit is called down upon the candidate to give him or her the gifts of the Holy Spirit, to strengthen the candidate to live the life of Christ.
The Eucharist is the center of the catholic life. We gather every weekend to celebrate the Lord’s Day by participating in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We listen to God’s Word, give thanks to God for all of his blessings and partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Children in the second grade are prepared to receive Christ in their first holy communion.
Children preparing for confirmation, first communion, and reconciliation, should contact our Director of Religious Education, Kelly Pertee, at the parish office.
Sacraments of Service
Marriage in the church is a partnership of life and love between a husband and wife and Christ. Marriage is a symbol, a making present, of the love of God for his people, of the love of Christ for his Church. Marriage is a beautiful reality. Those seeking marriage should contact either the pastor or the deacon at least 6 months in advance their anticipated wedding date to allow for proper preparation time.
All Christians share in the common priesthood of the faithful, a sharing in the priesthood of Christ. However, there is also a ministerial priesthood that certain members of the church receive through the sacrament of Holy Orders. Bishops, priests and deacons receive this sacrament. They are set aside in the community to help give it order and continuity, continuing the work of Christ here on earth.
If anyone is interested in the priesthood or religious life as a brother or sister, contact the pastor and he will put in contact with the proper vocations director.
Sacraments of Healing
Also known as the sacrament of penance or confession. This sacrament is a healing encounter with Christ by confessing your sins to a priest, receiving some spiritual counsel from the priest as well as the prayer of absolution or forgiveness. The priest will give you a penance to do, usually a prayer or act of charity. Children in the second grade are prepared to celebrate this sacrament for the first time before receiving their first communion. Time is set aside for celebrating this sacrament every Saturday afternoon from 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm in church. One can also always make an appointment with the pastor to celebrate this sacrament.
Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament is the church’s prayer for those who health is impaired by serious illness or old age. It is a prayer of healing which includes a laying on of hands and an anointing with blessed oil. This sacrament also carries with it the forgiveness of sin. Anyone wishing this sacrament may contact the priest. A couple of times a year we do celebrate this sacrament communally at the Sunday Liturgy.