Baptism

Expectant and new parents should call the church office at 321-1207 at least least three months in advance.   The birth of a child is a joyous and life-changing event for parents. The rebirth of a child through the sacrament of Baptism is a time for celebration on the part of the entire Church.   The decision to have your baby baptized is a true commitment on the part of the parents to raise their child in the Catholic faith with the support of our entire Parish Community.

Since baptism is a “welcoming” to the faith, it is an ecclesial event, not a private celebration; baptisms of infants and children of pre-catechetical age take place at St. Mary on the First and Third Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM .  Sundays are the preferred day to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism so that the relationship between the Baptism and the Eucharist may be highlighted.  Baptisms can also be scheduled for weekend liturgies on a quarterly basis.

Formation session takes place the first Thursday of every month at 7pm is necessary if this is your first baby or if there has been more than five years since you attended a preparation class.  This dialog provides the prospective or new parent the opportunity to learn and reflect on the sacrament of baptism.

Parents should understand the qualifications of a Godparent before asking someone to fulfill this important role:

  • A sponsor’s duty is not only to be present for the celebration but it is a lifelong responsibility to help the baptized lead a Christian life in harmony with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it (can.872). 
  • Only one godparent or sponsor is needed. The sponsor can be a man or a woman. If two sponsors are desired one must be a man (godfather) and the other a woman (godmother) (can.874). 
  • At least one sponsor must be Catholic, the second must be a baptized Christian and is designated as a “witness.”  A baptized non-practicing Catholic cannot be considered a godparent or Christian witness. 
  • A Catholic sponsor must be 16 years of age and received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.) 
  • The Catholic sponsor should be leading a life of faith and considered a “Catholic in good standing.” A written statement to this effect must be sent to St. Mary, from the pastor of the prospective godparent’s parish.  Godparent letters require 10 business days to process.  Please email: mshank@smshp.com.  

If you are unsure about your particular circumstance please contact the rectory for clarification before you ask someone to be a Godparent.

Reconciliation

Saturday: Individual confession, 3:00 – 3:45 PM.
Communal Reconciliation services are held during Advent and Lent.
Second grade children celebrate their first Reconciliation in the fall prior to First Communion.

 

First Communion

The pinnacle of our initiation into the Catholic Church occurs when we are first welcomed to the table of the Lord to share in His Body and Blood. For those baptized as infants or young children, this typically occurs in the 2nd grade. 
Preparation takes place in various contexts, including in the religious education programs in St. Mary School and the Parish Religious Education Program. Because all sacraments are celebrations of the entire faith community, our children receive the Eucharist for the first time at our regular Sunday liturgies on a weekend in the Easter Season. 

 

Confirmation

Confirmation of young adults is celebrated in the spring of their seventh grade year.  St. Mary School students prepare for their confirmation during their religious education classes in the school day.  Confirmation preparation is also available through the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP.)  Catholic adults who have not been confirmed or baptized should contact the church office at 321-1207. 
Confirmation may be celebrated by the pastor at a Sunday Mass. Baptism of Adults occurs at the Easter Vigil after a preparation period.

Sponsor letters require 10 business days to process.  Please email: mshank@smshp.com.    

 

 

Marriage

Weddings at St. Mary

The Sacrament of Marriage ideally takes place in the parish community where you live and are currently active.  Registering in a parish is a commitment to that parish, it will be where you worship, live in fellowship, tithe your time, talent and treasure.

To be married here at St. Mary, or be able to prepare for the Sacrament if you are being married elsewhere,  you do need to be an active parishioner*, at least 12 months before the wedding date, and the Cincinnati zip codes served by St. Mary, include:  45206, 45207, 45208, 45209, 45212, 45226 and 45227.

Before you register, please discern whether or not you are willing to make that active commitment to St. Mary.  As a neighborhood parish with @ 1500 families, it is proper to reserve the church for those who live in our territory and/or belong and are actively involved.

Marriage Preparation for Parishioners 

Your engagement is a time of spiritual preparation and although the wedding industry promotes the engagement period as a time to prepare details of the wedding and honeymoon, the Church encourages couples to use this time to prepare for a lifelong marriage.  Please contact the parish office 12 months in advance. A wedding is not scheduled until an initial meeting with the Parish office.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage begins at least 12 months prior to the tentative wedding date.  The Archdiocese of Cincinnati requirements for marriage preparation include, but are not limited to:

FOCCUS (Facilitate Open, Caring Communication, Understanding and Study) is an aid for your marriage.  It can help you study, understand, and communicate openly about many things that are important to your relationship.  It is not a test or way to predict the future.  Rather it is designed to help engaged couple target the topics you need and want to address as a couple.  It is a questionnaire which is taken approximately 3-6 months prior to the marriage.  Answer sheets are sent to the Family Life Office for processing and returned to the parish for a married couple or parish minister to facilitate with the couple

FOCCUS facilitating couples are married parishioners who

  • have an interest in sharing their faith as they experience it in married life
  • have a healthy relationship and have been married for at least five years
  • have been invited by the parish pastoral staff to participate in this ministry
  • have completed basic FOCCUS training

To schedule marriage preparation or inquire about becoming a FOCCUS couple, please contact the Parish Office at 321-1207.

Parish Assistants work with an engaged couple one month before the wedding, at the rehearsal and on the day of the wedding assisting in the planning and implementation of Wedding Liturgy, according to St. Mary Parish Wedding Guidelines.

 

RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.
We welcome you to join us on our faith journey.  Please call the church office at 321-1207 to learn more.

 

Holy Orders

To learn more about vocations to the priesthood, diaconate or religious life visit the Archdiocesan Vocations Office site at  http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/vocations/
To learn about our local seminary and about lay pastoral ministry programs, visit the Athenaeum of Ohio Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary atwww.mtsm.org

 

Sacrament of the Sick

“Are any among you sick?  They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14)

St. Mary celebrates the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on Saturday at the 4:00 p.m. Mass during the Easter Season.  This is a sacrament of faith, hope, and healing.  It is intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness.  Any of the faithful who are suffering from a serious sickness or with the struggles of aging are eligible to receive this sacrament.  We are reminded that through Anointing of the Sick we share in the suffering of Jesus and in the powerful promise of his Resurrection.

Individuals who wish to receive this sacrament may make arrangements at any time. Parishioners scheduled for surgery are encouraged to celebrate this sacrament at a weekday liturgy before they go to the hospital.   Contact Margaret Shank at the church office 321-1207.

 

Funerals

Please call the church office at 321-1207