Sacramental Prep

Reconciliation and First Communion - “Holy Family Process”

Holy Family is the sacramental preparation process for parish families with children preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The first session is the parent/guardian. Together, we will explore the sacraments and gain a greater understanding of how the reception of these gifts enrich and nourish us in our daily lives. We are required by the Diocese of Cleveland to provide this faith formation process.

Children will be instructed by their teachers in the PSR Process and the Saint Mary Day School. Children who were unable to receive the sacraments in Second Grade will be meeting with Mrs. Hassenzahl for their instruction. We will provide the proper catechesis required for your children to be fully prepared to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion.

Registration for Reconciliation, First Communion and Family Faith Formation opportunities will be in September.


Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism in the Church

Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God. We become members of the Body of Christ as we are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.  We can’t wait to welcome your child into the life of Christ and our Church through Baptism!

We offer pre-baptismal classes four times a year. Group Baptisms are offered on the last Saturday of each month. To get started, please fill out the baptism inquiry form and our team will reach out to you.

Please see additional information in the files below or inquire here.


Sacrament of Reconciliation

What is Reconciliation?

The sacrament of Reconciliation is about the mercy of Jesus Christ. Honestly confessing our sins reconciles us to God and restores us to his grace and intimate friendship. Confession breaks the power of shame and hurt of sin, and restores and revitalizes our relationships within the community of faith in the life of our Church.

Confession Schedule

Confessions are held every Saturday from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. or you may call the church office to make an appointment with the priest.

Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation preparation begins in your child’s formative years as you as parents/guardians start teaching children to recognize sin in their lives. Formal preparation begins in their first grade year and continues into the 2nd grade year. During the fall of your chlid’s 2nd grade year, families will be invited into the “Holy Family Sacramental Process” which will include several Parent/student workshops and a First Reconciliation retreat. To receive First Reconciliation, your child must be an active participant in PSR or the dayschool (or be able to show adequate preparation through a homeschool curriculum). First grade religious education is strongly encouraged. Parents and students must also attend scheduled Sacramental Preparation Workshops

Please see additional information in the files below.


Sacrament of Holy Communion

What is the Eucharist?

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. When we faithfully receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, we grow deeper in communion with God and fellowship with one another. 

First Communion

Our Sacramental Preparation program is designed as a faith journey for children and their parents to take together. While early year formation, weekly Mass attendance and talking about Jesus in the Eucharist at home begins very early in life, formal preparation usually takes place during a child’s 2nd grade year. It is not limited to our 2nd  graders though. If your child has not received their first communion and they are older than 2nd grade, please let us know. Formal family preparation begins in the fall through our “Holy Family Process” and children receive preparation within our PSR program and dayschool religion classes, Parent/Student workshops and scheduled retreats. Group First Communion is scheduled within in the Easter season. 

For your child to receive First Communion, he or she must be enrolled in our Parish School of Religion or day school. (or be able to show adequate preparation through a homeschool curriculum). First grade religious education is strongly encouraged. Parents and students must also attend scheduled Sacramental Preparation Workshops

Communion to the Sick or Homebound

Please see additional information in the files below.


Sacrament of Marriage   

Please see Marriage and contact one of our priests or our deacon. We ask that you make arrangements six months prior to your wedding. 

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Please see Anointing for information.


Holy Orders

A Life of Service

Since the time of the Apostles, Christ has personally called forth some men to dedicate their lives ministering to the People of God in the service of the Church. Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry.  (CCC 1536)


Learn More

To discuss or learn more about a vocation to the Catholic priesthood or religious life, check out these resources:

http://clepriesthood.org/

http://www.clevelandcatholicvocations.com/