The Sacraments

Baptism

Baptisms are held on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 12:30 p.m., after the 11 a.m. Mass. Please call the rectory for further information on baptism dates at 330-535-3135. It is necessary that parents attend a Baptism preparation program before the Baptism of their first child. Baptism preparation classes can be completed at either St. Hilary (Beth Rado, 330-867-1055) or at St. Sebastian (Cathy Sivec, 330-836-2233 ext. 134 or [email protected]). Call either parish for times and registration details. Proof of attendance should then be presented to St. Vincent de Paul Parish prior to the baptism.

The Lord was Baptized, not to be cleansed Himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ which knew no sin, might have the power of Baptism.  -St. Ambrose of Milan

First Communion

Preparation for First Communion begins with weekly lessons in either school religion class or PSR class. Normally, parents then attend a one hour meeting on “Preparing for First Communion: How Best to Share Faith with Your Child”. Practice is held two days prior to the event. For more information, please contact Ellen Dies at 330-535-3135 ext. 101 or email [email protected]rch.com.

How many of you say: I should like to see His face, His garments, His shoes. You do see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him. He gives Himself to you, not only that you may see Him, but also to be your food and nourishment.  -St. John Chrysostom

First Reconciliation

Preparation for First Reconciliation begins for second grade students with weekly lessons in either school religion class or PSR class. Normally, parents then attend a one hour meeting. First Reconciliation will take place on a Saturday, as part of our annual Mini-Retreat Day for our second graders. The day will start at 12:30 p.m. in the church. Parents and family are welcome to attend this part of the day as the children will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The day will include a “dry Mass”. This Mass gives the children a chance to see the altar up close. Fr. Norm will take the time to show the children vestments, etc. We have many special activities planned for the children. The day will end with the 5 p.m. Mass. For further information, please contact Ellen Dies at 330-535-3135 ext. 101 or [email protected]

Confession is an act of honesty and courage – an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.  -St. Pope John Paul II

After confession, says St. Chrysostom, a crown is given to penitents.  -St. John Chrysostom

Confession

Confession is open to all and occurs every Saturday from 3:30pm-4:30pm and the every Thursday before First Friday from 3:30-4:30pm. Confession is held in the back of the church in the confessionals.

The Sacrament of Penance is the method of the Church by which individual men and women confess sins committed after baptism and have them absolved by God through the administration of a Priest.  We invite everyone to visit frequently. Jesus always welcomes us back like the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son:

‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.

Confirmation

A very important meeting will be held in the Scullen Room and last approximately one hour. Parent and confirmandi should attend a one hour meeting wherein service hours will be discussed. A retreat will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Please meet Mrs. Dies in the Scullen Room. The retreat will conclude with the 5 p.m. Mass during which the confirmandi will be presented to the parish. Sponsors and parents are expected to attend and bear witness to this joy. For further information, please contact Mrs. Ellen Dies at 330-535-3135, ext. 101. You can also reach her by email at [email protected]

But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.  -St. Paul

Marriage

Couples intending to marry should contact the rectory at least six months prior to the marriage, however, eight months to one year in advance is advisable. Both bride and groom are required to have current copies of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation records with the church seal if these sacraments are not already on record at St. Vincent de Paul Church. The couple will hold a meeting with Father Norm and discuss scheduling. Please contact the parish office at 330-535-3135. Weddings are scheduled for Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it.  -Boris Pasternak

RCIA

Those interested in joining the Catholic Church and those who are interested in updating their Catholic education are invited to join the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA). This process begins in the Fall of the year and concludes the following Spring. For further information, please contact Ellen Dies at 330-535-3135, ext. 101, or by email at [email protected] RCIA meetings take place on Sundays, 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in the school library.

The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.  -Pope Benedict XVI

Anointing of the Sick

Just notify the parish whenever there is a serious illness. Note that the hospital will do this so it is best practice to always check. A priest will visit the sick whenever he is notified of a need. Please notify the rectory by calling (330)535-3135 when a parishioner is hospitalized, shut-in, or ill. For emergencies, please email [email protected] and call 440-915-0791 | 330-217-7970.

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  -James 5:14-15

Funerals

Please notify Father Norm as soon as possible regarding arrangements.  Information can be provided through the funeral director or by calling the rectory at (330)535-3135. Know that our thoughts and prayers are and will continue to be with you. During this difficult time, may the wisdom and hope of Pope Francis be with you.  From his homily on the Easter Vigil:

But let us return to the Gospel, to the women, and take one step further. They find the tomb empty, the body of Jesus is not there, something new has happened…

Jesus is not dead, he has risen, he is alive! He does not simply return to life; rather, he is life itself…

This is how the newness of God appears to the women, the disciples and all of us: as victory over sin, evil and death, over everything that crushes life and makes it seem less human. And this is a message meant for me and for you dear sister, for you dear brother. How often does Love have to tell us: ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?’

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