“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).
The baptism of your child can occur at Mass or at a Baptism Ceremony.
EUCHARIST & FIRST RECONCILIATION
In the Diocese of Toledo, every child, whether enrolled in a Catholic school, a religious education program or being homeschooled, upon coming to the age of reason will be catechized for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. First Reconciliation must be received before the child is catechized for First Eucharist. St. Michael the Archangel Parish offers this preparation to those entering 2nd grade.
Parents are required to attend a program of preparation to assist them in their role as primary educators (for their first child only). “Children’s preparation…begins in the home. The family has the most important role in communicating the Christian and human values that format the foundation for a child’s understanding of the Eucharist” (NDC 126). St. Michael the Archangel Parish holds sessions in the beginning of each school year. Days and times will be publicized in the Sunday bulletin.
Preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist include:
1. Attendance at a catechetical instruction program (SMS, Discipleship, or an approved Homeschool program) during the child’s 1st and 2nd grade years.
2. Completion of the Final Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. This is distinct for the catechetical instruction program. We do this as a home study.
a. A Reconciliation book is to be completed by the child, with the assistance of the parents in the fall semester.
b. A Eucharist book is to be completed by the child, with the assistance of the parents in the spring semester.
3. A pre-First Communion parish-based retreat experience.
A communal penance service for those celebrating First Reconciliation will be held in November or December. First Communion will be held the first Sunday of May.
In the Diocese of Toledo, the normative time for candidates to be presented for Confirmation is 8th grade. Children enrolled in the St. Michael the Archangel Parish final preparation for Confirmation program are to be concurrently registered and attending SMS, Discipleship or an approved Homeschool program and have also completed a 7th grade program.
The requirements for the final preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Michael the Archangel Parish are:
1. Attendance at one of the weekends at Damascus Catholic Mission Campus. A spring option will be offered in the candidate’s 7th grade year and the fall option will be offered in the candidate’s 8th grade year. Parents may choose the dates that work best for their families.
2. Works of Mercy (previously known as service hours)
4. Evening of Reflection
5. Candidate/Sponsor Meetings (done on own time)
6. Faithful participation in a catechetical program (SMS, Discipleship, approved home-school program) during both the 7th and 8th grade years.
Formation sessions for parents will be held in January of the candidate’s 7th grade year. Topics that the diocese recommends covered include, but are not limited to, the theology of Confirmation, role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian, role of works of charity and the rite of confirmation. Parents are required to attend these sessions for their first child. For subsequent children, parents are welcome, but not required to attend. Sponsors are encouraged to attend whenever possible.
• 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, Courtney Popenberg.
Wedding preparation time may vary from couple to couple based on individual circumstances and needs. Couples are urged to contact Courtney 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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