Sacraments

“Jesus gave us Sacraments to call us to worship God, to build up the church, to deepen our faith, to show us how to pray, to connect us with the living Tradition of the Church and to sanctify us.”

    -United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Sacraments of Initiation

Baptism
Eucharist
Confirmation

Sacraments of Healing

Reconciliation
Anointing of the Sick

Sacraments of Vocation

Matrimony
Holy Orders

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.”

    -Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213

Procedure for scheduling Baptism:

  • Register in the parish, if not already a member.
  • Complete the Baptism request form.
  • Schedule and attend a parent preparation class.

Parents requesting the Baptism of their child are expected to raise them in the Catholic faith.  If this is not the intention, Baptism should be postponed and consultation with the Pastor or DRE scheduled.

Baptisms at Christ, the Good Shepherd take place during one of the weekend liturgies.

Eucharist

“The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.”
    -CCC 1324

Eucharist is the sacrament in which the true Body and Blood of Christ, truly and substantially present, is received in holy Communion.

First Communion for children is usually received in the second grade, after two years of formal religious education. 

Confirmation

For  “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.”
    -CCC 1285

Within the Diocese of Youngstown, the sacrament is celebrated in the eigth grade.

Preparation for the sacrament is on-going after reception of First Communion.  Specific formation classes are offered in grade 8.

Adults who are Catholic wishing to receive a sacrament that they have not yet received may attend the RCIA sessions.  This provides the education and formation in the areas needed.  Sacraments are received at the Easter Vigil.

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...”
    -CCC 1422

Celebration of this sacrament takes place every Saturday from 3:15 – 3:45 PM, or by calling the Parish office.

Communal celebrations are scheduled with neighboring parishes during Advent and Lent.

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 will raise them up and save them.”
    -CCC1499

 For individual anointing, please call the parish office.

Matrimony

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish 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.”
    -CCC 1601

Marriage is a covenant in which spouses unite in a free, total, faithful and fruitful manner. 

According to diocesan policy, couples requesting to be married at Christ, the Good Shepherd must contact the parish office and meet with the pastor 6 months in advance of the desired date.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry.”
    -CCC 1536

The Youngstown Diocese has several opportunities for men to discern their call.  For more information, please contact Fr. Shawn Conoboy.