“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
Sacraments of Healing
Sacraments of Vocation
“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:
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.
“The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.”
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.
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.”
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.
“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...”
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.
“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.”
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 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.”
The Youngstown Diocese has several opportunities for men to discern their call. For more information, please contact Fr. Shawn Conoboy.