Sacraments

Sacraments

Baptism

A Baptismal class is held for new and expectant parents to understand the Rite of Baptism and the obligations that parents and godparents take with the Baptism of a child. This class is required of all parents before their child is baptized.

Classes are held the first Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 7:00 p.m. in the Deacon Mike Davenport Room in the undercroft. Contact the parish office for more information and to enroll in the class.

Baptisms are held the second and fourth Sundays each month at 12:45 p.m. We look forward to sharing in your preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism.

Penance & Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church - confessing our sins through the priest so that we hear the words of forgiveness; “I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We receive the grace of God, with fellow believers, giving us strength to love as God loves and sin no more.

“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:21-23).

Act Of Contrition Prayer
O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because of your just punishment, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available:
Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and evening by appointment.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Any child who needs the Sacrament of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation (having missed the normal preparation) can attend a special preparation program. Contact Deacon Gregg Rose, 513.921.9200 x.117

Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist is the most important of the seven sacraments because, in this and in no other sacrament, we receive the very body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Innumerable, precious graces come to us through the reception of Holy Communion.

Any child who needs the Sacrament of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation (having missed the normal preparation) can attend a special preparation program. Contact Deacon Gregg Rose, 513.921.9200 x 117

Confirmation

"The Holy Spirit brings the new things of God. He comes to us and makes all things new; he changes us." - Pope Francis

The Sacrament of Confirmation confers special graces of the Holy Spirit upon the person being confirmed, just as such graces were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost. Like Baptism, therefore, it can only be performed once, and Confirmation increases and deepens all of the graces granted at Baptism.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists five effects of Confirmation:
• it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation [as sons of God] which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!";
• it unites us more firmly to Christ;
• it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
• it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
• it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.

Because Confirmation perfects our baptism, we are obliged to receive it "in due time." Any Catholic who did not receive Confirmation at baptism or as part of his religious education during grade school or high school should contact the parish office and arrange to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Every other year, the Sacrament of Confirmation is available to the 7th and 8th grade students of St. Teresa of Avila Parish. Special preparation is taken by all students through school or through the PSR program. The next scheduled Confirmation date is Thursday, February 11, 2016.

To receive more information on the requirements for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Deacon Gregg Rose at 513.921.9200 x117.

Matrimony

More information coming soon!

Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is one of two ‘Sacraments at the Service of Communion.’ The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes Holy Orders as ‘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. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.’ (CCC 1536)

It is a ‘Sacrament of Communion’ because it exists to give structure to the Church, to call the members of the Church to a deeper and life-long conversion of heart to Christ, and to be a sign of the age to come ‘where there is neither marrying nor giving in marriage. (cf. Luke 20:35)

The Sacrament of Holy Orders has a three-fold structure the flows from Biblical times. In the Covenant of Moses, God established a triple sharing of the priestly office, with the High Priest, other Aaronite Priests who assisted in the Temple and the Levitical Priests who assisted the High Priests. In the new covenant, this structure is paralleled by the Bishop who leads a specific diocese and shares his ministry with the Priests, who in turn are assisted by Deacons.

From the beginning, this Sacrament has been reserved to men, chosen from among the people of God to be set aside to be living signs of Christ love for the world. The conferral of this Sacrament is reserved to the Bishop and is passed on through the laying on of hands, as at the first ordination of St. Stephan and his fellow deacons in the Acts of the Apostles.

For more information please contact Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer, Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, at 513-421-3131, ext. 2890

Anointing of the Sick

The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude. These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for "this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’" (Matt. 8:17).

The Sacrament of Anointing is the proper sacrament for those Christians whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. One seeks the Sacrament for support in struggle against illness and to seek healing from Christ.

Please contact the parish office to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing for anyone who is seriously ill or anticipating surgery. Each fall the Sacrament is administered at the weekend Masses for those experiencing ill health due to advanced age, long-term physical or emotional difficulties.