Sacramental Ministries

Baptism

Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament because in it, we are chosen by God, brought into the life of the Church, and receive the forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. The Rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Catechism of the Catholic Church 977, 1213ff.; 1275, 1278).

Baptismal Preparation: Parents wishing to have their child baptized at St. Wendelin Parish should contact the Parish Office at 419-435-6692 and speak with the Religious Education Office. There are a few simple steps that need to be completed before scheduling your child’s baptism. Please see the brief list below.Contact the Parish Office

The Religious Education Office will happily send you or have you pick up light paperwork needed to proceed with the Baptismal Preparation program. These forms should be turned in one week prior to the baptism of your child.

Attend a One-On-One Session

This private session will be given by our Pastoral Associate for Religious Education. It is a one-on-one conversation with the couple during which the couple will briefly learn about the history, meaning, and importance behind the Sacrament of Baptism.

Choose Godparents

Choosing who will be the godparent(s) of your child is a very serious responsibility that will take much thought, prayer and discussion. It is a great honor to be a godparent, but it also is a great responsibility because they represent the Church community. When you ask people to be godparents, you are acknowledging that the godparents are in good standing with Church teachings and practicing his or her faith fervently.

According to Canon Law, these are the following requirements for those wishing to be considered a Godparent for the Sacrament of Baptism:

There may be only one male Godparent or one female Godparent, or one of each.

A Godparent must be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence, by the pastor or minister and have the ability and intention of fulfilling this role.

A Godparent must be at least 16 years of age.

A Godparent must be a Catholic who has received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) and who practices his or her faith (i.e. attends Sunday Mass, does not cohabitate before marriage, is married in the Catholic Church, does not cause public scandal due to his or her actions).

A Godparent may not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.

A baptized person who belongs to another Christian community can participate only when there is a Catholic Godparent, and then, only as a Christian witness of the baptism. The baptized, non-Catholic will be listed as a Christian witness in the baptismal record.

Attend a Seasonal Session

At the end of the first session the couple is asked to register for the second session. These sessions are held four times a year. Please call the Parish Office to find out when the next seasonal session will be held. These sessions begin with the parents and godparents attending 9:00 AM Mass and conclude around 12:30 PM. Following this session parents are asked to schedule their child’s baptism.

Schedule Your Child’s Baptism

Once all paperwork is turned in from parents and godparents you are able schedule your child’s baptism. Baptisms here at St. Wendelin Parish are celebrated on the third Saturday/Sunday of each month during any of the Masses. An alternate baptismal ceremony will be offered at 2:00 PM each third weekend of the month as well.

Baptism is initiation into our Catholic Christian community. We wish to open our arms wholeheartedly to all who want to be baptized. During the Rite of Baptism, parents and godparents promise to raise the child in the Catholic faith. This means that you should be or are planning to become an active participant in our parish community, done in part by attending weekly Mass.

Reconciliation

Reconciliation is the sacramental celebration in which, through God’s mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ’s Body, which is wounded by sin (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422, 1442-1445, 1468).

Reconciliation is offered on a regular basis here at St. Wendelin Catholic Parish. Please consult this schedule for more information:

Saturday: 3:30-4:15 PM
Tuesday: 8:30-8:45 AM (before 9:00 AM Mass)
Wednesday: 4:30-4:45 PM (before 5:00 PM Mass)
Appointment: Please contact one of the priests to schedule another time to celebrate the Sacrament.

Reconciliation Preparation for Children

The Sacrament of Reconciliation helps you and your child grow in holiness. As parents, it is very important for you to foster a love for this sacrament. In Reconciliation, we encounter the mercy and love of Christ the Good Shepherd. By the example of the parents going to confession regularly, children will learn that this sacrament both heals us and helps us live out our Catholic faith in our daily lives. Reconciliation teaches us that with God’s grace we may overcome sin and grow in the virtues.

Preparation for First Reconciliation (like First Communion) is basically a two year program for our children. Here at St. Wendelin Parish, First Reconciliation is typically celebrated with second grade children enrolled at St. Wendelin Catholic School, in the Religious Education program, or an approved home-schooling program.

Catechesis is provided in religion classes, but the immediate preparation of the child for these sacraments is conducted by the parents in the home. Informational sessions are held to assist parents in their responsibility to prepare their children for the reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation. Please watch the bulletin for dates of upcoming parent meetings or call the Parish Office at 419-435-6692.

It is diocesan policy that First Reconciliation be received before First Communion. First Reconciliation is celebrated usually in January after proper preparation.

Holy Eucharist

At the heart of the Mass is the reception of Holy Communion. This is a personal and communal moment for each person because when we share in this sacred meal we do indeed share in the life of Jesus and his followers. We are experiencing the result of God’s great desire to come to us and be one with us. To make the bread and wine that is transformed into the Body and Blood of the Risen Christ, grain and grapes are crushed. Jesus Christ was also crushed us on the cross so that the power of God’s love for us could be shown.

The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist is one of the sacraments of initiation . Although we are required to receive Communion at least once per year (our Easter Duty ), the Church urges us to receive Holy Communion frequently (even daily, if possible). It is called a sacrament of initiation because, like Baptism and Confirmation , it brings us into the fullness of our life in Christ.

In Holy Communion, we receive the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, without which “you shall not have life in you.” ( John 6:53 ).

First Holy Communion Preparation

Your child’s First Communion day is more than wearing a pretty dress or nice suit and celebrating a big party. It is the first of many more special encounters they will have with Jesus, for whenever we come together for Mass Jesus comes among us, reassuring us of his unending love.

Preparation for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is basically a two year program for our children. Here at St. Wendelin, First Holy Communion is typically celebrated with children in the second grade enrolled at St. Wendelin Catholic School, in the Religious Education program or an approved home-schooling program. It is celebrated after the child has celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, there will be two parent meetings scheduled for preparing your child for the reception of First Holy Communion. Attending Mass regularly is a requirement for the family and child preparing for this special sacrament.

First Holy Communion is typically celebrated on the first Sunday in May. A “Jesus Day” retreat is held the Saturday before First Holy Communion.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the third of the three sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church, together with Baptism and Eucharist. Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church.

Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation is a two year program here at St. Wendelin Parish, with preparation beginning in the seventh grade for our school and parish religious education students. Catholic adults who have not received all of the sacraments of initiation are encouraged to call the Parish Office and talk with the Religious Education Department to enroll in sessions for preparation to receive the sacraments.

A guide for preparation for Confirmation should facilitate a continual process of conversion and enable full and active participation in the life of the Church with ever-growing depth. At St. Wendelin, our goals during Confirmation preparation are the following:

Help youth recognize their dignity as sons and daughters of God, and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by meeting Christ in the Scriptures, in the life and teachings of the Catholic Church, in the Sacraments, and in their own prayer lives.

Assist young people in hearing God’s call to holiness, and to guide them toward a generous response to that call.

Assist and challenge young people to become living saints as they strive to become more like Christ.

Enable young people to embrace the theological and moral virtues and exercise them in their daily lives and personal decision-making so to help them develop well-informed consciences to address moral challenges and choices throughout their lives

Empower youth to respond courageously to the challenges of life by relying on the gifts and guidance of the Holy Spirit so to help equip them to discern their gifts and talents and use them for the greater glory of God and the good of God’s Church throughout the world.

Help young people develop a life of Christian service modeled on the life of Jesus and the saints. The students are asked to do service projects and attend retreats to enhance the meaning of stewardship.

Encourage young people to embrace the richness of diversity among their brothers and sisters thereby inspiring them to seek and find Christ in all things and in all persons.

Matrimony

The Sacrament of Matrimony, better known as Marriage, is celebrated when one man and one woman freely consent to totally give of themselves for the well-being of the other and the children they may bring forth with the help of God. This reflects Jesus’ total gift of self for the life of the Church. In Marriage, husband and wife exchange vows that bind them one to the other in a lifelong commitment of fidelity, a reflection of God’s unwavering faithfulness to the human family from the beginning of time.

Matrimony Preparation

Since marriage is obviously a significant step in one’s life, a minimum of six months’ preparation time is required before the wedding. Contact a priest through the Parish Office to initiate the preparation process, because only one of the priests can establish a proposed date for the wedding, as he must first determine whether you are free to marry according to Canon (church) Law. More information can be found at this link provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: http://www.foryourmarriage.org

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Sick, also known as the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated whenever a Catholic Christian is struggling with a serious illness, preparing for surgery, or is of advanced age and seeks the grace of God to carry on. As with all the sacraments, this outward sign instituted by Christ traces its origins to the Sacred Scriptures, where Saint James writes, “Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord” (Jas 5:14). The sacrament may be celebrated during Mass, as it is on the first Wednesday of the month at St. Wendelin, in the home or in the hospital. In the celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick, the priest, who represents the entire Church, lays hands on the sick, extending the healing touch of Jesus, in whose name he ministers, and he then anoints the forehead and the hands with the Oil of the Sick, praying: “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”

The Sacrament of the Sick, a sacrament for the living as well as the dying, may be celebrated more than one time, as symptoms of an illness intensify, surgeries are scheduled, and one grows older.

Anointing of the Sick Preparation

The Sacrament of the Sick is celebrated during the 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Masses on the first Wednesday of each month at St. Wendelin. Additionally, you may contact the Parish Office at 419-435-6692 or speak to one of the priests directly if you would like to celebrate this sacrament of healing, particularly before undergoing surgery.

In order to be anointed while hospitalized, please inform your caregivers that you are Catholic and a parishioner at St. Wendelin, and/or call or ask a family member to call the Parish Office to make the priests aware that you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick. All calls are forwarded to the Rectory whenever the Parish Office is closed.

Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Baptism, the baptized are anointed to share in Jesus’ ministry of priest, prophet, and king. All are called to service and have the responsibility to discern one’s God-given gifts and to place them in loving service of God’s people. The Sacrament of Holy Orders is, like Marriage, a sacrament of vocation, a response to a call from God. Deacons, priests, and bishops are ordained in the Sacrament of Holy Orders to extend the good work and ministry of Jesus, which he entrusted to his Apostles. The ordained have the obligation and the privilege to make Christ present over and over again to his holy people through the celebration of the sacramental life of the Church.

Holy Orders Preparation

Holy Orders is one of the seven sacraments of the Church, and is celebrated only when a man has spent years in discernment of and formation for ordained ministry as a deacon or priest. Any man who feels called by God to ordained ministry should contact one of the priests, who can help him better understand how God is at work in his life and how he might respond to the Lord’s invitation. More information can be found at these links: http://toledodiocese.org/vocations and http://www.vocationnetwork.org.

Religious brothers and sisters are not ordained, that is, they are not deacons, priests, or bishops, though they too respond to a very special call from the Lord. Any person who feels called by God to a life of prayer and service in the Church should contact one of the priests or religious sisters in the parish in order to explore God’s call more deeply and learn more about the options that pertain to religious life.

Religious Education (Grades K-8)

Religious instruction is provided to children attending public elementary and junior high schools on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 PM at St. Wendelin Catholic School. For program details, please call or stop by the Parish Office for a Religious Education Handbook.

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The RCIA is a process of initiation into the Christian way of life, specifically in the Roman Catholic tradition. It is an order of rites celebrated within our Church community that are combined with spiritual instruction and formation. It strives toward a conversion of heart and mind that take place at the candidate’s own pace and according to his or her needs. The rite involves the participation and support of the Church community, whose members, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, come to find their individual faith and baptismal call renewed and refreshed. Practicing Catholics are welcome to attend sessions for spiritual enrichment. Our RCIA journey for inquirers begins in early September. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, please contact the Religious Education Department today.