Sacraments

BAPTISM
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213)
  • Infants who will be reared as Catholics may be baptized. Children of school age will receive appropriate catechesis.
  • Adults will normally participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
  • Infant Baptisms:
    Parents wishing to have their child baptized at Sacred Heart Church must be registered members of the Parish, and both parents must attend a Baptismal Preparation class that is held at times announced in the parish bulletin. Godparents are encouraged to attend. If as a parent you have attended our class in the past three years, you need not attend again. Arrangements for scheduling Baptisms can be made by calling the parish priest or one of the deacons.In accordance with Church law, one from another parish may be baptized at Sacred Heart Church with permission of his or her proper pastor.
  • Godparents:
    One sponsor is required; two are traditional. At least one of the Godparents must be Catholic. The Catholic Godparent(s) must be a practicing Catholic who has reached the age of sixteen and has received all of the Sacrament of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation). The other Godparent may be non-Catholic, but should be a baptized Christian.

CONFIRMATION
The sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of sacramental grace. By the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285)

  • The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred by the Bishop. One Sponsor is required. Sponsor requirements are the same as for Baptism (see above).
  • Adult candidates should call the Parish Office, 740-622-8817.
  • Confirmation at Sacred Heart is held every two years (even numbered years) in the spring for students in grades 7 and 8, and for other students in higher grades who have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation. Sessions begin in the fall and continue with monthly sessions through the spring. Call Deacon Doug Mould at 740-622-8817 for more specific information.

EUCHARIST
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1324)

  • Children in second grade and older who have not yet received First Holy Eucharist are eligible for preparation for First Communion. Preparation takes place with our Parish School of Religion (PSR). Preparation begins in February and concludes with First Communion Sunday on the first Sunday in May. Please call the parish office for details.

 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process of gradual stages along the path to full initiation in the Catholic Church. This process involves the teaching of Scripture, prayer, catechesis on Catholic doctrine, faith sharing, and the direct contact with members of Sacred Heart Church. It is a process of both internal and external transformation and conversion helping us to grow in holiness. The RCIA provides Liturgical Rites to be celebrated during the process to full Church membership at the Easter Vigil. The RCIA process is for anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. Sessions are held Sundays in the Parish Meeting Room at 12:00 noon. Contact Deacon Doug Mould at the Parish Office for more information at 740-622-8817.

 

PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION
“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1422)

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is scheduled on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.
  • Other times may be arranged by appointment. Call the Parish Office, 740-622-8817.
  • Children in second grade and older who have not yet received First Reconciliation are eligible for preparation for this sacrament. Preparation takes place with our Parish School of Religion (PSR). Preparation takes place in the fall and celebration of First Reconciliation and Penance takes place during Lent. Please call the parish office for details.

MARRIAGE
“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1601)

  • Contact the pastor or one of the deacons at least six months prior to the desired date of the wedding.
  • At least one of the parties must be a practicing Catholic who is registered in the parish. You must be a registered parishioner, (at least for 6 months), before making arrangements at the office 6 months prior to the celebration of marriage.
  • In accordance with Church law, one from another parish may be married at Sacred Heart Church with permission of his or her proper pastor.
  • Each couple must participate in the “Pre-Cana” or “Engaged Encounter” program. Brochures and information are available in the Parish Office.
  • No date may be reserved prior to consultation with the Pastor and/or the parish office.
  • For a copy of our Wedding Guidelines, click here.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1499)

  • The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is the Church’s prayer for healing for those whose health is seriously impaired by illness or old age. If you would like to celebrate this sacrament, please contact the parish office at 740-622-8817. In the case of a sacramental emergency, call 740-502-5364.
  • Holy Communion to the Sick:
    Please call the Parish Office to arrange for visits to those who are confined to home, a nursing facility, or a hospital. Note: The hospital does not notify the parish. Families should call the Parish Office, 740-622-8817.

FUNERALS

  • The family or the funeral director notifies the parish office.
  • The family and the funeral director will consult directly with the pastor, deacon, and/or the parish office on the arrangements.