Sacraments of Initiation
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons (and daughters) of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission…” Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1213)
Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Baptism preparation with your family is our opportunity to walk with you through the entire baptism process, and explore not only what happens during a baptism, but what it means to be, and live, as a disciple of Christ. As the first teacher of your child, your modeling and example will set the spiritual foundation for your child’s entire life! Your new child will be baptized into a wonderful Catholic community and adopted as a son or daughter of God.
Baptism preparation sessions take place every other month and are held at both Holy Angels and St. Anthony parishes. You are welcome to complete the session before your new bundle of joy arrives or after. A prior meeting with the Director of Evangelization and Pre-Registration are mandatory to attend.
Below are the Baptism Preparation dates for the upcoming year. Please no children as the Preparation sessions.
St. Anthony (Rectory Conference Room 6:30 - 8 p.m.)
Holy Angels (Parish Office 1 - 2:30 p.m.)
Baptisms are held at Holy Angels on the 1st Saturday at 6 p.m. or the 3rd Sunday at p.m.
Baptisms are held at St. Anthony on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 11 a.m.
There are no baptisms during Lent.
For more information or to register, please contact Sharon Christy, Director of Evangelization, at 937-253-9132 x 130 or email@example.com.
FIRST HOLY EUCHARIST
“While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.” Mk 14:22-24
Receiving Holy Eucharist for the first time is a momentous occasion not only for your child but for the entire family! In the Holy Angels/St. Anthony Pastoral Region, we partner with you as you make this spiritual journey with your child. As we prepare our children for this special sacrament, we are reminded of our own First Holy Eucharist, and have opportunities to reflect on our own spiritual journeys and ways in which we can create a Domestic Church within our own homes.
Preparation begins with a foundation laid in the 1st grade with immediate preparation following in the second grade. Preparation includes instruction at school/psr and home in addition to a parent session and a Retreat for both parents and students to attend.
For more information contact Sharon Christy, Director of Evangelization, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-229-5909.
"...he breathed on them and said to them,'Receive the holy Spirit.'" Jn 20:22
There is a close relationship between the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
While Confirmation is a distinct and complete sacrament in its own right, its purpose is to perfect in us that which was begun in Baptism. We might say—in a sense—that we are baptized in order to be confirmed.
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. . . . We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.
Preparation for students begins in 7th grade and culminates with the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Fall of 8th grade. Preparation includes classroom study in both the school and the PSR Program, as well as opportunities to collaborate with parents and sponsors. As we are called to mission at Confirmation, service to others follows this Sacrament and is done as a group throughout the remainder of the school year.
Preparation for adults who have already been baptized and received First Holy Communion is a 3-session class that takes place in the Fall and the Spring of each year.
For More information, contact Sharon Christy, Director of Evangelization at email@example.com or 937-229-5909.