Preparation | First Reconciliation
| First Eucharist | Confirmation
| Marriage Preparation Program
| Anointing of the Sick & Ministry
to the Sick | R.C.I.A.
parish program is designed to support and encourage
new parents in leading their child to God as they grow
in the Catholic Christian life. The program involves
discussion, reflection, and prayer. Parents are encouraged
to register for the program in the first or second trimester
to allow adequate time for preparation.
The preparation program is offered on the fourth Mondays
of January, April, July and October,
upstairs in the Religious Education Office, 121 East
Water Street, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Call the rectory for
more information and to register so that information
packets can be sent to you in advance of the program.
Sacrament Calendar coming soon.
the Sacrament of Reconciliation we celebrate God's mercy
and forgiveness. Preparation for this first celebration
begins in the family. The children learn as they experience
family members giving and receiving forgiveness in the
home. The formal preparation for the Sacrament begins
in first grade. The immediate preparation takes place
in second grade. First Reconciliation is celebrated
on several Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
during Advent. The sacrament is celebrated with their
class. This celebration includes the children with their
Communion celebrates the first time that this member
of the Church receives the Eucharistic Body and Blood
of Christ. It also celebrates the fact that this member
approaches the table as an initiated member of the worshiping
community. It is a celebration of incorporation.
The preparation for this sacrament begins in the family.
Preparation also involves the love and help of the Christian
community as the children gather to celebrate Liturgy
week after week, and take part in the communal life
of the assembly.
The formal preparation for first communion takes place
during the first and second grade school years. Immediate
preparation takes place during the second grade year.
First Eucharist is celebrated on a Sunday in May.
Eucharist is the center and heart of Christian life
for both the universal and local Church and for each
Christian. All that belongs to Christian life leads
to the Eucharistic celebration or flows from it."
(National Catechetical Directory #120)
is that sacrament which confirms the action of God in
Baptism and is the threshold into the Eucharistic community.
for Confirmation has continued throughout the life of
the candidate as he/she has grown in faith in the family
and gradually become more fully incorporated into the
life of the church.
preparation for Confirmation ordinarily occurs during
the 8th Grade school year. It is usually celebrated
in the spring of each year with the Archbishop or his
Holy Angels Marriage Preparation Program helps prepare
engaged couples for the commitment of the sacrament
of matrimony. With the direction of the parish priest,
the program uses a team of married couples, called sponsor
couples, who work with the engaged couple one on one.
The sponsor couples facilitate discussion about various
aspects of daily married life through the use of the
FOCCUS program. The engaged couples also participate
in a Pre-Cana program given by the Family Life Office.
If you are interested in getting married, you should
contact one of the priests or deacons at least six months
prior to your proposed wedding date. No date for a wedding
will be given until the engaged couple has met with
the priest or deacon.
OF THE SICK
MINISTRY TO THE
the life of Jesus, we see Him ministering compassionately
to the sick and those in need. Over one hundred men
and women have been trained and commissioned to bring
Holy Communion to the sick and those in need. Holy Communion
is brought every day to Catholic patients in Wilson
Memorial Hospital by our Extraordinary Ministers of
the Eucharist. If you or a loved one is being admitted
to the hospital, be sure to inform the hospital staff
that you want your name on the list for pastoral visits
or you could be missed. Holy Communion is distributed
weekly at the four local nursing homes and twice a month
to shut-ins in their own homes. If you or anyone you
know is in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of
the Sick, please call the rectory.
catechumenate or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
(R.C.I.A.) is the process through which the community
helps interested adults hear the call of the Spirit
and respond in faith. Through the R.C.I.A. the community
welcomes adults to full membership in the Church. Sessions
begin in late August and continue through Lent until
Holy Week, culminating at the Easter Vigil Service on
Holy Saturday with the celebration of the Sacraments
R.C.I.A. meets weekly on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the
school cafeteria. Call
the parish office for more information.
CHILDREN OF CATECHETICAL
for children is a family-centered religious formation
process leading the child to full initiation into the
church. It is built on the faith, prayer, and support
of the individual's family and the wider family of the
church into whose life the Spirit is drawing the child.
It involves children in grades two through twelve. Children
meet several times a month; and the families along with
their children meet monthly with the coordinator. The
Sunday scriptures are the source for reflection, discussion,
and integration of the R.C.I.A. process for children.
This process is marked by the same liturgical rites
and periods of formation as the adult R.C.I.A.
The meetings begin in late fall and are held upstairs
in the Office of Religious Education (121 East Water
Street) on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Angels Catholic Church
324 S. Ohio Avenue • Sidney, OH 45365
Phone: (937) 498-2307