Faith Formation

 

 

Sacramental Preparation

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation, Confession) is a celebration of God’s Mercy, a Sacrament instituted by (and alive in) Jesus Christ.  We please God when we do His will.  When we fail to obey His Commandments, we confess our shortcomings to our Priests, and experience the joy of healing and forgiveness.  Through acts of contrition, confession, and penance, sinners are reconciled to God and the Christian community.  In the Sacrament of Penance, Jesus embraces us, and leads us back to God.

Elementary School-age children work with our Faith Formation Catechists early in the School Year, and usually prepare for both the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist in the same School Year.

Please call the Parish Office for more information, 513-825-0618.

The Eucharist (Holy Communion)

The Eucharist is considered to be the “Sacrament of Sacraments.”  All of the other Sacraments point toward this profound Sacrament of unity, instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper.

The Celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) is the “source and summit” of Christian life.  In celebrating the Eucharist, the Church offers the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to God the Father, in a Sacred Meal.  The community of Christ, gathered by the Holy Spirit:

  • proclaims the Word of God,
  • gives thanks to God the Father,
  • shares in Jesus’ own Body and Blood (bread and wine consecrated by the Priest) through Holy Communion,
  • and is sent forth to build up the Kingdom of God in this world. 

Grade School-age children work with our Faith Formation Catechists, preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Fall and First Communion in the Spring. 

Please contact the Parish Office for more information, 513-825-0618.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the last of the three Sacraments of Initiation.  The Sacrament of Confirmation “confirms” our baptism.  It makes us more completely the image of the Lord, and it fills us with the Holy Spirit!  In the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are given Spiritual Gifts, and Grace, so we are able to:

  • bear witness to Jesus in the world
  • and to build up the Church, the Body of Christ, in the world

“By the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.  Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”

Each year, junior-High-aged youth work with our Faith Formation Catechists to prepare for this Sacrament.  In the springtime, Confirmation is celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, as a Pastoral Area Event (St. John Neumann, St. John the Baptist and Corpus Christi parishes). 

Please call the Parish office for more information, 513-825-0618.