According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Seven Sacraments are the way in which the faithful receive the Lord’s Grace here on Earth. As such, their reception is holy and involves a great deal of preparation.
Please see below to learn about the various requirements for the receptions of Sacraments at St. Augustine Church.
- The first Sacrament of Initiation where a child is officially brought into the Catholic faith.
- Usually happens shortly after the birth of a child.
- A Pre-Baptism Class is required before the Baptism of your first child. It can be taken at any of the area Catholic Churches.
- The actual ceremony usual takes place on Sundays following the 10:30AM Mass.
- Please contact the Rectory to make arrangements.
- Children (who are older than infants) and Adults who wish to become Catholic, or return to the faith, will need to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children or the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, respectively. Please contact the Rectory to meet with our respective program directors.
- There are several requirements for the selection of Godparents: One of the godparents must be a practicing Roman Catholic and be able to provide documentation from their home parish that states they are an active member (this usually comes in the form of a certificate that can be attained from their home parish’s office). The second godparents is preferably Catholic as well; however, if they are not they need to be a practicing member of a faith community and be able to provided documentation supporting that, too.
HOLY EUCHARIST (FIRST COMMUNION)
- The second Sacrament of Initiation where a child is brought to the table of the Lord’s Supper for the first time.
- Usually happens in the Second Grade.
- Students must either be enrolled in a Catholic School, receiving religious education or enrolled in the PSR (Parish School of Religion Program).
- In addition, the students and their families will be required to participate in classes leading up to the reception of the Sacrament.
- For information regarding First Communion, please contact Jaclyn Snyder, the Director of Religious Education.
- Adults wishing to receive Holy Communion must participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, please contact Karen Bellett, Pastoral Associate for more information on this process.
- The final Sacrament of Initiation where the Holy Spirit is given to people who affirm the faith and are prepared to become fully active members in the Church.
- This usually happens in the Eighth Grade.
- Students wishing to receive Confirmation are required to attend a Confirmation Class on select Wednesday evenings throughout the school year.
- Adults wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should enroll in the Adult Confirmation Class, usually held in the spring. Just contact the Rectory.
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the two Sacraments of Healing.
- The Sacrament is available on Monday evenings at 6PM and Saturday afternoons at 3PM in the Church.
- Reconciliation is also available by appointment.
- Additional times for Reconciliation are scheduled near large holidays.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
- The Parish makes every possible attempt to deliver Communion to the sick and home bound. Appointments and scheduling are available through the Rectory office.
- During emergencies, the church makes every attempt to have Anointing of the Sick brought to the infirmed in hospitals in the area. Contact the Rectory immediately, if this need is ever present.
- The Parish is always very excited to celebrate a Marriage with the bride and groom; however, as Marriage is a sacrament, a great deal of planning is involved. Please contact the Rectory as soon as you know when you are planning to be wed.
- The Diocese of Cleveland requires six month notice and preparation with the Parish before a marriage can take place.
- Contact the Rectory to discuss scheduling and to begin the process of planning your wedding at St. Augustine.
- Business affairs and arrangements for the ceremony will be conducted after the couples have begun the registration process.