OUR CATHOLIC FAITH

BECOMING CATHOLIC

The process of joining the Catholic Church provides the opportunity for individuals to discern if the Lord is calling them to the journey of faith within the Catholic Church. All are welcome: those who have never been baptized in any Christian denomination, those who were baptized Christian but for some reason believe they are now being called to discipleship in the Catholic Church, as well as those who were baptized Catholic but have not been fully initiated in the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

For further and more detailed information, please contact Joan M. Dunn at 937-898-3542 ext 107 or jdunn@stchristopheronline.com

Baptism

In Baptism we receive new life in Christ. Baptism takes away original sin and gives us a new birth in the Holy Spirit. Its sign is the pouring of water.

Contact Andrea Parker for Baptism

Reconciliation

Through Penance (Reconciliation) we receive God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness requires being sorry for our sins. In Penance we receive Jesus’ healing grace through absolution by the priest. The signs of this sacrament are our confession of sins and the words of absolution.

Contact Elise Sas

Eucharist

The Eucharist nourishes our life of faith. Its signs are the bread and wine we receive—the Body and Blood of Christ.

Contact Elise Sas

Confirmation

Confirmation seals our life of faith in Jesus. Its signs are the laying on of hands on a person’s head, most often by a bishop, and the anointing with oil. Like Baptism, Confirmation is received only once.

Contact Elise Sas

Matrimony

In Matrimony a baptized man and woman are united with each other as a sign of the unity between Jesus and his Church. Matrimony requires the consent of the couple, as expressed in the marriage promises. The couple and their wedding rings are the signs of this sacrament.

Contact must be made at least 6 months prior to wedding date to Bonnie Prine

Anointing of the Sick

This sacrament unites a sick person’s suffering with that of Jesus and brings forgiveness of sins. Oil, a symbol of strength, is the sign of this sacrament. A person is anointed with oil and receives the laying on of hands from a priest.

Contact Bonnie Prine

Holy Orders

In Holy Orders men are ordained as priests, deacons, or bishops. Priests serve as spiritual leaders of their communities, and deacons serve to remind us of our baptismal call to help others. Bishops carry on the teachings of the apostles. The signs of this sacrament are the laying on of hands and anointing with oil by the bishop.

Prayer for Vocations