A Life in Christ through the Sacraments at Saint Joseph Cathedral and Holy Cross Church
“Every encounter with Christ, who in the Sacraments gives us salvation, invites us to ‘go’ and communicate to others the salvation that we have been able to see, to touch, to encounter and to receive, and which is truly credible because it is love. In this way, the Sacraments spur us to be missionaries, and the Apostolic commitment to carry the Gospel into every setting…” ~Pope Francis, November 6, 2013
Sacrament of Baptism
Congratulations on the planned baptism of your child! Saint Joseph Cathedral and Holy Cross Church welcomes her families to celebrate with great faith and joy the baptism of their children and are pleased to be the Church where this first Sacrament will be celebrated. The Sacrament of Baptism is administered following the 12:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral, and following the 11:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross.
Baptism is the first sacrament of Christian initiation. It is the sacrament that frees a person from original sin and makes that person a member of Christ and His Church, thus beginning the way to a new life in Christ. It is administered by a priest or deacon pouring Holy Water on the person’s head “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” One must be baptized before receiving any other sacraments. Baptism is the foundation for all ministry and life in the church, and confers a commitment to follow Christ and spread His message throughout the world. Furthermore, in baptism, one is incorporated into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, and thus participates in the gift of resurrection and eternal life with Christ. Infants can be baptized soon after birth. At the time of baptism, parents vow to practice their faith and provide a Catholic upbringing for the child. Adults who have never been baptized take part in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), and will typically be baptized during the Easter Vigil Mass.
Selecting a godparent or sponsor: The duties of godparents are more than ceremonial. The principal responsibility of a godparent is to give witness to the Catholic faith by his or her words and actions, thus parents need to find practicing Catholics to faithfully serve in the role as godparents. As noted in the Code of Canon Law, “Insofar as possible, one to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who is to assist an adult in Christian initiation, or, together with the parents, to present an infant at the baptism, and who will help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it” (Canon 872). In selecting godparents, the Catholic Church requires:
- A godparent must have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation;
- A godparent or sponsor must be at least 16 years of age;
- A godparent must be living a life consistent with faith and morals as taught by the Catholic Church;
- A godparent must be a registered, active Catholic in their parish church, and needs to provide a letter of suitability from their pastor; a non-Catholic, baptized Christian must also be a registered, active member of their Christian faith community, and also must provide a letter of suitability from their pastor;
- There must be one Catholic godparent; a non-Catholic, baptized Christian may be chosen as a Christian Witness.
If this is your first child, both parents must participate in our Baptism Workshop prior to the Baptism of your child. The Workshop is also recommended for any godparent who has not previously taken a baptism workshop. Baptism Workshops for both Saint Joseph Cathedral and for Holy Cross are offered through the Cathedral, and are held the second Tuesday of every other month at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral Undercroft; please register in advance (no walk-ins) by calling Carol at (614) 224-1295, or firstname.lastname@example.org. To inquire about possible dates for the actual Sacrament of Baptism, for the Cathedral contact Carol, for Holy Cross please contact Sr. Anne at (614) 224-3416, or email@example.com. The next bi-monthly workshop is Tuesday November 11.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confession is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in His love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness for offenses committed against God. At the same time, sinners reconcile with the Church, because it also is wounded by our sins. We know this sacrament by various names: the Sacrament of Penance, Confession, or Reconciliation. This is good news for all of us, because we all are sinners and in need of God’s mercy, compassion and forgiveness. In the Sacrament of Penance, we meet Christ in the person of the priest, ready and eager to absolve us and restore us to new life. We confess our sins to God through His minister, the priest, who absolves us in the name of Christ.
Why should we confess our sins? The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing and a sacrament of conversion, returning us to the Father after our sin. We are to confess serious sins at least once a year; those aware of committing a mortal sin must receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving Holy Communion.
The Church also encourages us to go to confession more frequently, in order that we might deepen our relationship with God, grow in humility and virtue, and help us to avoid future sin. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1458).
Please refer to the bulletin cover for the availability and locations of this grace-filled Sacrament.
Sacrament of Matrimony
Congratulations on your engagement! Your decision to enter into the relationship of married life is a sign of love, hope and strength for the entire community. We support you in your commitment for a faithful and lifelong Christian marriage. Because Matrimony is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. Marriage preparation helps couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament, to evaluate and deepen their readiness to a life-long married life, and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.
The Church has a rich tradition on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.
Couples wishing to marry at Saint Joseph Cathedral or Holy Cross Church may request setting a date to be married ensuring that the following are completed:
- Couple contacts the Parish Office and schedules a meeting with one of the clergy in the parish;
- Couple meets with the clergy, completes an initial interview, and explore the couple’s freedom to marry;
- Clergy discusses any obstacles that may exist before the couple is free to marry and confirms a date;
- Couples agree to follow the established Marriage guidelines at Saint Joseph Cathedral and Holy Cross Church.
For initial marriage inquiries, the couple needs to contact Nancy Thornock (firstname.lastname@example.org) for marriages at the Cathedral, or Sr. Anne (email@example.com) for marriages at Holy Cross.
The Eucharist ~ First Holy Communion
The Eucharist is the most special sacrament, in which the Body and Blood of Christ Himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit, source, and center of our Catholic faith, life and worship.
As children reach the age of reason, at age seven, the Church extends to them an invitation to celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist by making their First Holy Communion; adults receiving the Eucharist for the first time generally takes place at the Easter Vigil Mass. Preparation for children is made through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, for adults preparation is through the RCIA program. For information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd contact Deborah Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org; for Adult catechesis and RCIA please contact at the Cathedral Jake Neal at email@example.com, and at Holy Cross Sr. Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation is one of the sacraments of initiation, along with Baptism and Eucharist. While Baptism is the sacrament of rebirth to a new and supernatural life, Confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. It is conferred by the anointing of Chrism oil and the laying on of hands by Bishop Campbell. Through this sacrament, we confirm the presence of the baptismal gifts we have already received and are sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Preparation for children is made through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, for adults preparation is through the RCIA program. For information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd contact Deborah Matthews at email@example.com; for Adult catechesis and RCIA please contact at the Cathedral Jake Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org, and at Holy Cross Sr. Anne Keenan, O.P., at email@example.com.
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick; Pastoral Care of the Sick
The priests will administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to any Catholic who is facing serious illness, is preparing for surgery, is elderly, is chronically ill, or who is nearing death, by calling the parish offices. In addition to Anointing, those desiring to receive the Eucharist at home, at a hospital or nursing facility can contact Deacon Thom Johnston at (614) 267-1903 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sr. Anne at (614) 224-3416 or email@example.com.
Sacrament of Holy Orders ~ Religious and Consecrated Life
“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: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, Presbyterate, and diaconate” (Catechism 1536). “The state of life which is constituted by the profession of the evangelical counsels, which while not entering into the hierarchical structure of the Church, belongs undeniably to the Church, belongs undeniably to her life and holiness” (Catechism 914). This consists of eremitic life, consecrated virgins and widows, religious life, secular institutes, societies of apostolic life and consecration and mission. For information about vocations please contact Fr. Paul Noble, Director of Vocations, at (614) 221-5565, or firstname.lastname@example.org.