Sacraments

Welcome to our sacraments. Below we have information on Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick.

BAPTISM

Baptism is a sacrament in which we recognize and celebrate God’s presence in our lives and our response to that call in living a life of holiness.

The Church urges parents to have infants baptized within the first weeks after birth. Parents are required to attend a class, preferably before the birth of their first child or soon thereafter.  This class discusses the effects of the sacrament of baptism on the child, the role and obligations of the parents and the Godparents, the baptismal ritual, and the significance of the symbols, gestures, and words used in administering the sacrament. Those seeking baptism should contact Deacon Andy Rammel.

Adults new to the catholic faith are baptized at the Easter Vigil service on Holy Saturday.  To receive Baptism through this method, adults are required to complete our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  For more information on the program, contact Deacon Dale DeBrosse.

Those requesting Baptism in an emergency situation should call the parish office immediately to contact the pastor.

RECONCILIATION

Our parishes celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in many ways.  A weekly celebration is held from 3:30-4:15 PM before our 4:30 Saturday evening liturgy. The priest will gladly celebrate the sacrament with anyone wishing to receive the gift.

Our second-grade children receive First Reconciliation before their First Communion. This service is held in the late fall/early winter time frame. Children receiving this sacrament are required to be enrolled in Mother Brunner School or one of our religious education programs on Sunday morning at either Precious Blood Church or St. Paul Parish.

During Advent and Lent, one of our parishes hold a communal reconciliation service. This service includes several readings, common prayer, and singing of hymns. There is time for quiet reflection and private confession with one of the many priests available for the liturgy. Check this website or the parish bulletin for times and dates this service will be held.

Those who are gravely ill may also choose to receive the sacrament of reconciliation as part of their Last Rites. If you or a family member need last rites administered, please contact your parish office.

As always, the pastor may be available to celebrate reconciliation through a private appointment. Call a parish office for details.

EUCHARIST

As Catholics, the Eucharist is the “source and summit of our faith.”
The Sacrament of First Eucharist is usually received in second grade.  Preparation takes place in the classroom during PSR or RE on Sunday mornings for public school children or during the school day at Mother Brunner School.  Registration is required prior to the start of classes in September. For further information contact Kristi Gaston, Children’s Faith Formation Director.

CONFIRMATION

In our Catholic beliefs, Confirmation seals us with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and completes our initiation into the Catholic Church.

Currently, our regional 8th grade students are welcomed into full communion with the church through confirmation during the spring.   Teens are required to begin preparation classes in the 7th grade.  For more information contact Youth Minister Shane Legg.

Adults receive confirmation after completing a course of study usually through the Ritual for Catholic Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  Please contact Deacon Dale DeBrosse for more details.

MARRIAGE

Christian marriage is a partnership of love and life between a man and woman.  Marriage exists for the physical and spiritual welfare of the spouses and for the generation and education of children.

If one of the parties is Catholic, for that marriage to be valid in the Catholic Church, the couple must be married in the presence of a Catholic priest or deacon and two witnesses.

The purposes or goals of marriage impose certain obligations on spouses.  The Rite of Marriage calls for the bridal couple to make three promises:

  1. To give themselves freely to each other for life;
  2. To remain faithful to each other “in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health”;
  3. To accept children lovingly from God and to bring them up in the practice of the Catholic faith.

Couples seeking to marry are asked to meet with a parish minister who will:

  1. Explain the marriage preparation process and the sacred nature of marriage;
  2. Assess the couple’s freedom to marry in the Church according to civil and Church law;
  3. Identify any special needs or requests the couple may have regarding the wedding;
  4. Arrange a date for the wedding, having determined there are no civil or canonical impediments to the proposed marriage.

Couples seeking marriage are asked to contact Deacon Mike Prier at least six months prior to their wedding.

HOLY ORDERS

Catholics considering a religious vocation in their lives should do so with much discernment and prayer. If you believe that a religious vocation is your calling, then we recommend contacting the following:

  1. For information to become a diocesan priest, contact our Diocesan Vocations office by calling 513.421.3131 or email [email protected] or visit the Archdiocese website.
  2. For information to become a priest or brother with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, please contact Rev. Vincent Wirtner, C.PP.S., by calling the provincial office at 937.228.9263.
  3. If you are considering becoming a deacon, you can contact the pastor or our deacon through the parish office or via email. You might also check this information out on the Archdiocesan website.
  4. If you are considering becoming a member of a women’s religious order, you are welcome to contact the Sisters of the Precious Blood at 937-837-3302 or through their website. They are located at 4960 Salem Avenue, across the street from Precious Blood Church.
  5. If you want more information about other orders or the vocation overall, please visit the Archdiocesan website.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

Our parishes celebrate the Anointing of the Sick three times a year as part of a special 4:30 PM Regional Mass. Call a parish office for details.

Due to privacy policies, we do not receive a listing of patients in need of anointing at medical institutions. If you or someone you know is going into a hospital, please contact us before your visit if possible.

Anointing  the gravely ill is available by request.