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Baptisms

Baptisms take place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 12:45 p.m. and on the third Sunday during the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Families are encouraged to attend the 11:30 Mass if possible.  Parents are required to attend the Pre-Baptism Preparation Class. Arrangements must be made a minimum of two weeks prior to the date of the Baptism.

The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Saturday, 3 - 4 p.m.

Marriages

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.

YOUR USE OF “THE GIFT OF RECONCILIATION FAMILY GUIDE” WITH YOUR CHILD IS DESIGNED FOR THE FAMILY, LEARNING TIME AND PRAYER TIME.

Confirmation

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.

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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