Through Baptism, we become members of the Church, which is the body of Christ. This is one of three sacraments of initiation. In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness, to live as a light of Christ, and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.
TheEucharist, or Holy Communion, is the source and summit of the Catholic life and is another sacrament of initiation. During the celebration of Mass, through the power of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. Holy Communion can be received daily through daily Mass within our family of parishes.
Confirmation is the third sacrament of initiation and serves to “confirm” a person in their faith. Confirmation deepens our baptismal promises and calls us to be witnesses of Jesus Christ out in the world. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we embrace our faith in a deeper and more intensive manner.
Reconciliation, also known as Confession or Penance, is God's gift to us so sins may be forgiven. It is here we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge and are absolved of all our sins. Reconciliation is available on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. at all locations, and on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. at St. Michael.
The Sacrament of Marriage is a blessed covenant, a holy union of two people in the eyes of the Church who are called to love each other and God. By marriage, the couple witnesses Christ's spousal love for the Church.
Anointing of the Sick gives strength and comfort to the sick and ill by bestowing the Holy Spirit's gift of peace, spiritual healing and courage to deal with the difficulties of illness. During a medical emergency after parish office hours, you may reach a priest by calling (513) 777-6433 and following the correct prompts.