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A baby’s baptism is a time of celebration and great joy for the parents and for our parish community!  Baptism is the first Sacrament a child receives and is a sacred event in which the child becomes an adopted daughter or son of God.  The child becomes a new creation in Christ and is given the gift of eternal salvation.

The following guidelines are intended to help facilitate a child’s baptism.  We hope parents will find this information helpful.

The first step is for a parent to contact the Parish Office to register for the Sacrament of Baptism.  Parents will then receive a booklet setting out the requirements in detail.  Those requirements include the following:

Parents are required to participate in a baptismal preparation session held at St. Luke before the baptism of their first child.  It is strongly recommended that parents attend this session no later than the sixth month of pregnancy.  In the event that God blesses parents with additional children, parents are required to repeat the baptismal preparation class if they have not taken a pre-baptismal preparation class within the prior four years. These pre-baptismal preparation classes are held about every two months.

Parents will need to submit Sponsor Certificates for those chosen to act as Godparents.  The guidelines for Baptismal Sponsors are set forth in detail in the booklet that parents will receive when they register. 

The actual date for the child’s baptism will not be set until completion of the pre-baptismal preparation class and receipt in the Parish Office of the Sponsor Certificates.

Two options are provided for the Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.  A child may be baptized at a regular Saturday Vigil or Sunday Mass.  A second option is a baptism celebrated outside of the Mass and these are generally held on the Second and Fourth Sundays of the month after the 11:30 am Mass. 

The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Saturday, 3 - 4 p.m.


Arrangements must be made with a parish priest, the parish deacon, or a pastoral associate.  A six-moth preparation period is required by Diocesan policy.

First Communion

The First Communion program helps prepare children for First Communion not by simply informing them about Eucharist, but rather, by initiating them into the Body of Christ through the parish’s Sunday Celebration of the Eucharist at Mass.

The celebration of the Eucharist forms the heart and source of the parish’s faith life. All other activities flow from and return to the community’s sense of itself as a People of God who celebrate “the death of the Lord until He comes.”

When you, the parent, help your child prepare for First Communion, you in fact, are initiating him or her into the life of the Eucharistic Community of the Church.

As parents, then, your first task and privilege is to be models of the lived faith active in love. Children model the faith of the adults who are important to them, such as attending Mass on Sundays, praying daily and forgiving.

Hopefully, this year will be an opportunity, not only for you to share your own faith but an opportunity for you to lead and invite your child to grow in that faith, to grow in deeper relationship with God.

First Reconciliation

The Gift of Penance and Reconciliation program has been designed to assist you, the parent, in preparing your child for this Sacrament. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a Sacrament of healing, celebrating the gift of God’s mercy that heals the sinner and restores them to life with Christ. Like Baptism, Penance calls for and instills conversion in the hearts of penitents. Your child’s experience of this Sacrament for the first time is meant to be one of knowing that God offers us His Gift of love so we can better love and serve the Lord.

The preparation for this Sacrament is carried out first in the home by you, the parent, through your taking time to help instruct your child by using the Family Guide. The guide gives ideas and ways in which you can help your child prepare for this Sacrament. The school will also work to help your child understand this Sacrament through their religion classes.


Click here to download a letter with dates and information about First Reconciliation meetings.


The candidate must have proof of Baptism from the Church in which this Sacrament was administered. If this sacrament has been administered here at St. Luke’s we will check the parish records. The candidate is asked during the preparation time and in life to do and have the following:

PERSONAL FAITH AND PRAYER – showing a growing awareness of God as an important part of my life.

PERSONAL MORALITY – an honest desire to keep the commandments and to make daily decisions according to God’s will.

COMMITMENT TO EUCHARIST – a personal commitment to keep the Lord’s day through participation in weekly Mass.

SERVICE AND MINISTRY – a desire to use my God-given talents to make the world a better place.

RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE – an understanding of the basics of Catholic Christianity: a recognition of of my need to continue to learn my faith throughout my life time.

Our 2015-16 Confirmation date is Saturday, April 16th at 4:30 p.m.

Sacramental Preparation Dates to Know for Second and Eighth Graders and Parents

Please note the following dates for Sacramental Preparation. There are no make up sessions for any meeting or sacrament. Please mark your calendars!

First Penance/First Communion Dates

September 28, 2015 6:30-7:30 pm/ Reconciliation Presentation for Parents- Part I

October 5, 2015 6:30-7:30 pm/ Reconciliation Presentation for Parents- Part II

December 1 OR 5, 2015- First Penance

February 29, 2016 6:30-7:30 pm/ First Communion Parent Preparation Meeting- Part I

March 7, 2016 6:30-7:30 pm/ First Communion Parent Preparation Meeting- Part II

April 9, 2016 9:30 am-1:00 pm Jesus Day for All First Communicants

Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 am OR Saturday,  May 7, 2016 10:00 am- First Communion

Confirmation Dates

October 12, 2015 6:30-7:30 pm Confirmation Candidate Meeting (Parent or Sponsor should also attend)

November 16, 2015 6:30-7:30 pm Confirmation Candidate Meeting

January 11, 2016 6:30-7:30 pm Confirmation Candidate Meeting

February 8, 2016 6:30-7:30 pm Confirmation Candidate Meeting

Confirmation Retreat Date TBD

April 11, 2016 6:30-7:30 pm Confirmation Rehearsal- Candidate and Sponsor

April 16, 2016 4:30 Mass Confirmation

Marriage & Pre-Cana

You may contact Deacon John Henderson for more information at 216-521-0184, or Holly & John Zappala at 216-529-1842.


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