Sacraments
Baptism Registration Form

If you desire to have a child baptized, please print this form, fill in the information, and contact Deacon Daw at 440-655-0647 or Fr. Cole at 440-774-6791.

 
Confirmation

This sacrament completes one's initiation into the Catholic Church and is celebrated for those who are in the 8th grade or higher.  Preparation for this important sacrament is in the Parish School of Religion (PSR).  

Because of the size of our parish, the bishop comes every other year.  

Adults who missed being confirmed when they were younger are given the opportunity to receive the sacrament when the bishop is here.  If you are in this situation, please contact Fr. Cole.

 
Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of anointing of the sick began as a ritual of healing. Over time the emphasis shifted to the forgiveness of sins on the deathbed, when such forgiveness would be the final preparation for heaven. The Second Vatican Council returned the original meaning to the sacrament by emphasizing that it is not only for those who are at the point of death, but for anyone who is seriously ill, including mental or spiritual illness. It also helped move the Anointing away from a private service and back toward a community-based one.

Today we are all aware that tensions, fear and anxiety about the future affect not only our mind but our body as well. These illnesses can be serious. They can move us to ask for the healing touch of Christ in the Sacrament of Anointing. Persons with the disease of alcoholism or persons suffering from other addictions can be anointed. So can those who suffer from various mental disorders. The anxiety before exploratory surgery to determine if cancer is present is a situation in which Christ's power can be invoked in the sacrament.

In these cases the person does not have to wait until the illness is so grave that he or she is in the hospital or institutionalized to celebrate the sacrament. Sacraments, after all, are community celebrations. It is preferable to celebrate them in the context of family and parish even before going to the hospital. The sick person has a better opportunity to appreciate the prayers and symbols of the rite when in her or his customary worshiping community.

Sacred Heart we have an Anointing Mass once per year, usually in mid-October.  Here in the context of the Eucharist, all who are ill physically or spiritually, are invited to attend the Mass and celebrate as community, the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. 

 Throughout the year, if you are faced with severe illness or impending serious surgery, you are encouraged to contact the parish office to arrange to receive the sacrament. 

If hospitalized, be sure to alert the intake persons that you are Catholic and the Pastoral Care office will see that a chaplain stops by to see you in the hospital.

To arrange to be annointed while ill at home, or in advance of serious surgery, please call the parish office.

 
Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

A deacon also receives the Sacrament of Holy Orders and vows to serve his bishop in the ministies of the Gospel, by being of service to God's people and assisting in the community's celebration of the Mass. To learn more about  the role of the deacon click on this link: http://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/diaconate/

In the Diocese of Cleveland, we are blessed to have a major seminary. While its primary purpose is the formation and preparation of men to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders  as ordained priests or deacons, it also serves the wider population of the church for preparation of women and men for other ministries highly valued by the church.  For over 150 years, Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology has been teaching and passing on the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church to hundreds and thousands of students.  Saint Mary's has been training men and women as leaders in the Church and local community. To learn more about the seminary, click on this link: http://www.stmarysem.edu/ 

Men who are interested in Priesthood or Diaconate are invited to call Fr. Cole or Deacon Tom

 
Marriage

Anyone who desires to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony should consult with Fr. Cole or Deacon Tom as soon as possible.

The Church requires a six month period of preparation.  During that period the engaged couple will meet with the intended celbrant several times to complete the necesssary preparation.

If you are currently married outside of the church and desire to receive the Sacrament of Marriage, please consult with Fr. Cole or Deacon Tom as soon as possible.

If either party has been married before whether they are a Catholic or not; whether the service took place in a chruch or not, that party should consult with Fr. Cole or Deacon Tom immediately.  The purpose of that meeting would be to determine whether an anullment of the prior marriage must be submitted.  For more information regarding annulment or what ios now called a "Declaration of Invalidity" go to www.dioceseofcleveland.org/tribunal.

If you would like to read what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is saying currently about marriage, click here.

 


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