“The whole liturgical life of the church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and sacraments” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1113). Therefore, receiving the sacraments is indeed very special and may require extra preparation. The staff of St. Michael the Archangel Parish is happy to help you with all preparation requirements.
Welcome to your new life at St. Michael the Archangel Parish after being baptized into God. Celebrate new faith, new hope, and new life!
"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian Life, the gateway to life in the spirit, and the door which gives access to other sacraments” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213).
Baptisms will be held the third Sunday of each month. The baptism of your child can occur at Mass or at a Baptism Ceremony.
EUCHARIST & FIRST RECONCILIATION
Here at St. Michael the Archangel Parish First Communion and First Reconciliation are typically done with children in the 2nd grade enrolled in St. Michael School, in the CCD program, or approved Home Schooling program.
Catechesis is provided in religion classes, but the immediate preparation of the child for these sacraments is conducted by the parents in the home. Informational sessions are held to assist parents in their responsibility to prepare their children for the reception of the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation. Please watch the bulletins for dates of the parent meetings.
It is Diocesan policy that First Penance be received before First Communion. The parish group First Communion is held the first weekend of May for all children who have been prepared during the year.
The preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Michael the Archangel Parish involves a summer confirmation camp with other components to be completed during the summer. Our confirmation camp is a weeklong camp held in June. We begin our week on a Sunday with a retreat based on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Monday through Thursday the students meet from 9:00AM to 3:00PM with each day focusing on a certain area of faith development. Other components include an Evening of Reflection (Communal Penance Service), a half-hour spiritual direction appointment and service experiences.
There are four main requirements for the preparation of Confirmation. First, the candidate must have completed 8th grade. Candidates must have registered in and be attending SMS, CCD, or approved Home Schooling program throughout their 7th and 8th grade years. Candidates must attend the entire Confirmation Camp and complete the other components.
Because the confirmation camp is the main component of our preparation, it is important that the candidate attend the camp. If you have a scheduling conflict for the year your child would normally prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation, it is recommended that he/she waits until the following year.
• Are you a baptized Catholic who has already received Eucharist but is not confirmed?
• Are you actively attending Mass?
• Do you desire to complete the Sacraments of Initiation through the celebration of Confirmation?
If you said yes to the above questions, then we have the program for you! God is always calling us to be in a relationship with Him. One way we celebrate this relationship is through the sacraments of the Church. As a response to this call, St. Michael the Archangel Parish will be sponsoring an adult confirmation program. This four-session program is intended for those who have been catechized in their faith and have already celebrated Baptism and Eucharist.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds” (CCC 1316). “The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace” (CCC 1285).
Call the Parish Office at 419-422-2646 for more information.
PENANCE & RECONCILIATION
The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (aka Confession) is offered at the main church every Saturday morning at 8:30 am (immediately following mass) and again Saturday afternoon from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. You’ll find the confessional located inside the Day Chapel.
Confessions can also be made by appointment with any of our priests by calling the Parish Office at 419-422-2646.
Parish Penance Services are also offered during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Please watch the weekly bulletin for dates and times.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Formerly referred to as “Last Rites”, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick previously was most commonly administered to the dying for the remission of sins and the provision of spiritual strength and health. The Church now makes this sacrament available to all Catholics who are gravely ill or are about to undergo surgery recognizing a secondary effect of this sacrament – to help a person recover health. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be repeated as often as necessary.
The priests of our parish are available anytime day or night to administer this sacrament.
Please call the parish office during normal business hours to make arrangements.
In an after hours emergency, please call the Rectory phone, 419-423-8776.
Couples wishing to be united in the Sacrament of Marriage should begin the process by contacting our parish wedding coordinator,
Debbie Benson at 419-422-2646.
Wedding preparation time may vary from couple to couple based on individual circumstances and needs. Couples are urged to contact Debbie well in advance of any planned wedding date.
Go to Getting Married at St. Michael Parish for more information.
If you would like more information about the Permanent Diaconate or becoming a priest, please contact the parish office to speak with one of our priests. Our priests are happy to help you as you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and discern His will in your life.
The RCIA is a process for adults who are non-baptized, baptized in another Christian church, or baptized Catholic who have not yet celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist and are interested in becoming fully initiated in the Catholic Church.
If you, or someone you know, has the desire to become fully Catholic, please call the Parish Office at 419-422-2646 for information on beginning or completing the initiation process.
Those interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith, with or without the intention of becoming a member, are also welcome to join the RCIA process.
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