Sacrament of Baptism  - If you are expecting a child, the best time to prepare for Baptism is before your child is born.  Please call the parish office to register for your Baptism class.

Sacrament of Reconciliation  - will be held one half hour before each weekend Mass or by appointment.

Sacrament of Holy Matrimony - As soon as a couple makes a decision to marry and at least six months prior to the anticipated  wedding date, they are to make arrangements with the pastor in order to begin the various steps for the marriage preparation program.

Pastoral Care of the Sick - Those weakened by age, afflicted by serious illness, or preparing for a serious operation should receive this sacrament.  Please call the Parish Office for arrangements.

Shut-ins - If you or a family member are shut-in and wish to receive Holy Communion on Sundays, please contact the Parish Office.

Annulment - Have you been thinking about getting an annulment? If so we now have a team that can help you through the process. There are 4 ladies who went through 21 hours of education and training with Msgr. Christopher Vasko, JV, JCD and continued training with Fr. Eric. If you are interested in pursuing an annulment or have questions, please contact Fr. George or Sheila Hershiser. 419-935-1149

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Sacraments

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14)

Jesus Christ is the fullness of God’s presence in the world of time. The place where we meet Him in a most remarkable fashion is in the Sacraments, seven unique sacred events that He established for us as moments of grace to share in His divine life.

SACRAMENT: An efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us through the work of the Holy Spirit (774, 1131). The Sacraments (called “Mysteries” in the Eastern [Catholic] Churches are seven in number: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance (or Reconciliation), Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony (1210).

Baptism

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19)

The Sacrament of Baptism is the basis of the entire Christian life. It is the first of the seven Sacraments Jesus instituted as a means of our receiving divine grace. By means of baptism, a person is freed completely from their sins, becomes permanently united with Christ and His Church and can receive the other Sacraments to grow ever stronger in their understanding and practice of the Catholic Faith. What a blessing it is for you to share your faith with your child.

In preparation of receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact the parish office/Sheila Hershiser, cre@willard-oh.com/Pastor to set up a meeting time to do the Baptism Preparation class. (419-935-1149)

 

 

 

Reconciliation

Peter, ‘I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven’” (Matthew 16:19)

Sometimes simply called “Penance” or “Confession”, the SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION was instituted by Jesus in order to provide a perpetual means for God’s boundless mercy and forgiveness to be administered by a priest for the benefit of a penitent.  By means of this Holy Sacrament, Jesus assures all people of right relationship with Him and His Church.

Sacred Scripture teaches that right relationship with the Church is inseparable from right relationship with God; that is, they are one and the same reality.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available 1/2 hour before the weekend Masses or by appointment.   Don’t worry about how long it has been or what you are to say, the priest will help you with your confession. (Frist Reconciliation is part of First Eucharist preparation in 2nd grade, please contact Sheila Hershiser (419-935-1149) cre@willard-oh.com if you would like your child to prepare for the Sacraments.

 

 

Holy Eucharist

 

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, they will live forever… whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and… abides in me and I in them” (John 6:51, 54, 56)

One of the seven Sacraments instituted by Jesus, the Holy Eucharist – or more popularly called “Mass” is the source and summit of our Christian faith.

Eucharist means “giving thanks.”  My friends that is exactly what we do every time we gather together as a family of God.  If you wonder what Catholics do, come to the Mass and experience the ritual we have been practicing since Pentecost.  The Mass is divided into two major parts, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  In the Liturgy of the Word we are enlightened by the Word of God which is proclaimed and preached.  In the Liturgy of the Eucharist, gifts of bread and wine that are presented on behalf of the worshipping community, are then consecrated into the Body and Blood of Christ.  These gifts are then received by the faithful gathered as spiritual food for the journey to live out the Word which was earlier proclaimed and preached.  All are invited to come and worship with us.

At St Francis Xavier, second-grade children are well-prepared throughout the year to receive Holy Eucharist for the first time.

Adults prepare to receive Holy Eucharist for the first time through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) which is celebrated at the majestic Easter Vigil.

Please contact Sheila Hershiser (419-935-1149) cre@willard-oh.com if you have a child that you would like to receive their First Communion.

St. Francis Xavier Pastoral care for the Sick: If you or a family member are shut-in and wish to receive Holy Communion on Sundays, please contact the parish office 419-935-1149

Confirmation

 

“Jesus breathed on them [the disciples] and said” ‘receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20:22)

Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit which seals or “confirms” the baptized person in union with Christ and equips them to live their Christian faith confidently, compellingly and compassionately.

Together with Baptism – always the first Sacrament – and Holy Eucharist, Confirmation fully initiates the person into the Church.

At St. Francis Xavier, our eighth graders are confirmed by the Bishop or his representative in the spring of the year.   Reminder: If you ever want to be a Godparent (Diocesan policy)  or have a quinceanera Mass it is required  that you are Confirmed. Recuerde: si alguna vez quieres ser padrino o madrina (directiva diocesana) o tienes una misa quinceanera se requiere que seas confirmado.

Adults prepare to receive Confirmation through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) which is celebrated at the majestic Easter Vigil.

Please contact Sheila Hershiser (419-935-1149) cre@willard-oh.com  if you would like your child to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

Marriage

 

“Jesus said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave [his] father and [his] mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ It [marriage] is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church” (Ephesians 5:31-32, cf. Mark 10:7-8)

The Sacrament of Marriage is the sacred partnership of life and love between a man and woman, forged by God, that is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children.

The Diocese of Toledo has established a six-month preparation period for all couples desiring to marry. This gives the priest or deacon ample time in preparing the couple for a marriage that will last for a lifetime.

Couples preparing for marriage will complete a meaningful preparation process specially designed to help them enter into the gift and mystery of married love.

As soon as a couple makes a decision to marry and at least six months prior to the anticipated wedding date, please make arrangements with the pastor to begin Marriage Preparation.  At the first meeting it will be determined if the couple is free to marry (if there was a previous marriage, an annulment may be needed first).

Have you been thinking about getting an annulment? If so we now have a team that can help you through the process. There are 4 ladies who went through 21 hours of education and training with Msgr. Christopher Vasko, JV, JCD and continued training with Fr. Eric. If you are interested in pursuing an annulment or have questions, please contact Fr. George or Sheila Hershiser. 419-935-1149

Holy Orders

 

“Jesus said to the disciples, ‘whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all’” (Mark 10:43-45)

Together with the Sacrament of Matrimony, Holy Orders is an exceptionally personal response of the Christian to the call of Christ.

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. With the exception of Holy Orders and Confirmation, which are reserved to the (diocesan) bishop, the priest is the principle administrator of the Sacraments.

There are three degrees of Holy Orders each of which receives the Sacrament: deacons, priests and bishops.

Have you considered a vocation to the priesthood?  If you would like more information or would like to speak with our Pastor about his call to the priesthood, give him a call at (419) 935-1149.  He would be happy to speak with you.

 

Anointing of the Sick

 

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and they will pray over them, and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord Jesus” (James 5:14)

Illness and suffering are especially difficult aspects of daily living. Christ’s own compassion for the sick is beautifully seen in the Anointing of the Sick. Administered by the priest through the laying on of hands and anointing with sacred oil blessed by the bishop, Holy Anointing is made readily available to those who are seriously ill, chronically ill and facing surgery.

Unfortunately with the Hippa regulations, we do not always find out that someone is/was in the hospital until after they had gone home.  If you are scheduled for surgery or the unexpected arises, please call the parish office/Pastor so that he may share the Anointing of the Sick with you or your loved ones.  You can also tell the Pastor after Mass and he can anoint you then as well.

St. Francis Xavier Pastoral care for the Sick: If you or a family member are shut-in and wish to receive Holy Communion on Sundays, please contact the parish office 419-935-1149

Connecting the Bible to Sacraments:

 

Baptism

Isaiah 43:1

Matthew 3:13-17, 28, 19-20

Mark 1:9-11

Luke 3:21-2

John 1: 29-34, 3:5

Acts 2:37-41

Romans 6:3-4

 

Confirmation

Isaiah 22:2, 61:1

Matthew 3:13-17

John 1:33-34; 14:15-31; 15:5-15

Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17

2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Galatians 5:22-23

 

Eucharist

Genesis 14:17-20

Exodus 12:1-28; 24:1-8

Matthew 14:13-21; 26:17-29

Mark 6:30-44; 14:12-25

Luke 9:10-17; 22:7-20; 24:13-35

John 6:1-13; 25-59

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

 

Reconciliation

Genesis 45:1-15

Joel 2:12-13

Matthew 5:21-26, 38-48; 18:23-35

Mark 2:1-12

Luke 15:11-32

John 20:19-23

Romans Chapter 6

 

Anointing of the Sick

Psalm 23

Mark 6:7-13

Luke 13:1-13

2 Timothy 2:11-12

James 5:14-16

 

Holy Orders

Deuteronomy 18:1-5

Psalm 110:1-4

Matthew 10:1-4

Mark 3:14-19

Luke 6:12-16

John 13:1-14

Romans 12:1-8

1 Timothy 3:1-13

Titus 1:5-9

Hebrews 4:14-5:10

 

Marriage

Genesis 2:18-25

Song of Songs 8:5-7

Matthew 19:1-12

Mark 10:2-12

John 2:1-11

1 Corinthians Chapter 13

Ephesians 5:21-33

1 John 4:4-16

 

 

 


Recuerde: si alguna vez quieres ser padrino (directiva diocesana) o tienen una masa quinceranera se requiere que sean confirmados.