The Sacramental Life of the Catholic Church
Baptism: Before the baptism of a child, parents are required to attend a baptismal preparation session. These sessions are held quarterly and facilitated by Deacon Alfredo Diaz and a group of volunteers. Preparation highlights the role of parents as first teachers of the faith for their children. Families are invited to call the parish office to register 419-332-7339.
Confirmation: A 2 year process that prepares students in grades 7 & 8 for the Sacrament of Confirmation. During this process, candidates, parents and sponsors will all develop a more mature understanding of the mission of Christ that has been entrusted to us. Preparation includes parent meetings, sessions between the candidate and his/her sponsor, retreat days, service hours, special group sessions and regular Mass attendance. Contact Shannon Stull, firstname.lastname@example.org or Elaine Fisher, PSR Coordinator, email@example.com for more information (419-332-7339).
First Holy Communion: The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. Catholic children in second grade are prepared at the Sacred Heart Campus and at the Parish School of Religion to come to the Eucharistic table for the first time. Parents are given help to prepare their children for fruitful reception. Older children baptized in the Catholic faith but uncatechized will receive the necessary preparation and receive the Eucharist when they are ready. Our Sacramental Coordinator, Shannon Stull, firstname.lastname@example.org (419-332-7339) and BHCS second grade teachers (419-332-7102) collaborate to prepare children.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Reconciliation (also known as Penance or Confession) is celebrated on Mondays after the 8:10 AM Mass, Wednesdays at 5:30 PM, Saturdays at 3:00 PM or anytime by appointment. The Fremont area Catholic churches also host communal penance services during Advent and Lent. As part of their preparation for their first Eucharist, children in second grade receive age-appropriate catechesis for thier First Reconciliation. Parents are invited to a deeper understanding of the theology, history and contemporary practice of the sacrament so that they may support their children by word and example. Our Sacramental Coordinator, Shannon Stull, email@example.com (419-332-7339) and BHCS second grade teachers (419-332-7102) collaborate to prepare children.
Anointing of the Sick: A sacrament of healing and spiritual strength celebrated by the priest upon request. Anyone who is seriously ill, preparing for surgery, of advanced age, or who suffers chronic serious illness may receive this sacrament. Please contact Fr. Krzysztof Kardzis (419-332-7339) as needed.
Marriage Preparation should begin as soon as a couple makes a decision to marry and at least six months before the anticipated wedding date. Those interested in celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage at Sacred Heart participate in 4-6 preparatory sessions with the parish priest and attend an Engaged Couples Conference. If this is a second marriage for either or both parties, an annulment process may be necessary. Please contact Fr. Krzysztof Kardzis(419-332-7339) for more information.
Annulment is a declaration by a church tribunal (court) that a couple’s previous marriage lacked essential elements to be considered valid in the Catholic Church. A person seeks an annulment for three reasons. First, to put closure on a former relationship. Second, to receive an internal spiritual reconciliation. The third reason is because they wish to remarry within the Catholic Church. All information gathered as testimony is confidential and is only disclosed to tribunal personnel. Please contact Fr. Krzysztof Kardzis (419-332-7339) for more information.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Aduilt and Children (R.C.I.A.): RCIA is a gradual four-step process designed to welcome new members into the Catholic Church and to invite all parishioners into ongoing conversion. Today's Rite of Christian Initiation recovers the early church's emphasis on conversion of heart leading to a dramatic single celebration of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. At the same time, the Christian initiation process respects the experiences of baptism and formation that may have already taken place in those called to continue their faith journey in the Catholic Church. A team of parishioners will accompany inquirers through this process. For more information, please call the parish office at 419-332-7339 or contact Elaine Fisher, RCIA Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.