Sacramental Ministries

BaptismReconciliationHoly EucharistConfirmationMatrimonyAnointing of the SickHoly Orders Preparation

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 Saint Wendelin Parish should contact the Parish Office at 419-435-6692 and speak with the Pastoral Associate for Catechetical Formation. There two meetings that need to be completed before scheduling your child’s baptism.
The Pastoral of Associate for Catechetical Formation will happily send you or have you pick up light paperwork needed to proceed with your baptismal preparation program. These forms should be turned in one week prior to the baptism of your child.
Meeting One: Attending a One-On-One Session
This private session will be given by our Pastoral Associate for Catechetical Formation. It is a one-on-one conversation with parents during which they will briefly learn about the history, meaning, and importance behind the Sacrament of Baptism. Conversation about choosing Church approved Godparents is also part of this session.
Choosing Godparents
Choosing who will be the Godparents 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 and 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 is typically  at least 16 years of age and fully initiated and actively participating in their parish. .
A Godparent must be a Catholic who has received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) and who practices his and 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.
Meeting Two: Attending a Group Formation Session/Baptism Class for Parents and Godparents
These Formation Sessions/ Baptism Classes are held four times a year. Please call the Parish Office 419-435-6692 to find out when the next session will be held. These sessions begin with the Parents and Godparents attending the 8 a.m. Mass and concludes around 12:30 p.m.  Following this Formation Session/ Baptism Class parents are invited to schedule their child’s baptism.
Schedule Your Child’s Baptism
Once all paperwork is turned in from parents and Godparents you are able to schedule your child’s baptism. Baptisms at Saint Wendelin Parish are best celebrated at any Saturday/Sunday Mass. Baptisms may be scheduled at another time with the approval of the Pastor, Deacon, Pastor Associate for Catechetical Formation, and the availability of a priest or deacon. Your date and time for the celebration of Baptism must be cleared with the Parish calendar.
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 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 at 3:45 p.m. on Saturdays. Other opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation occur throughout the year. Please watch the bulletin for these opportunities.
By Appointment: Please contact the Parish Office to schedule a time to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
First 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 the Sacrament of 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. Frequent celebration teaches us that with God’s mercy and grace we may overcome sin and grow in the virtues.
Preparation for First Reconciliation like First Holy Communion is basically a two-year program for the children of our Parish. First Reconciliation is typically celebrated with second grade children enrolled in Catholic schools, children in our Christ Centered Discipleship (CCD) initiative, or an approved home-schooling program.
While formation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is provided in Christ Centered Discipleship (CCD) sessions, the first and best place for preparation for the children is conducted by the parents in the home. Informational sessions are held to assist parents and their responsibility to prepare their children for the reception of these sacraments. Please watch the Parish Bulletin for dates of upcoming parent meetings, or call the Parish Office at 419-435-6692 to find out more information.
It is diocesan policy that First Reconciliation be received before First Holy Communion. First Reconciliation is celebrated usually in January after proper preparation.

At the heart of the Mass is the reception of the Holy Eucharist – receiving Jesus in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. This is both 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 Church, the People of God. We are experiencing the result of God’s great desire to come to us and be one with us. Catholics believe the bread and wine is changed into the Body and Blood of the Risen Christ in a divine, mysterious act of transubstantiation through the ministry of the priest.
The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist is one of the Sacraments of Initiation . Although we are required to receive Holy 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 the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist brings us to the fullness of our life in Jesus Christ.
In Holy Communion, we receive the true Body, Blood, Soul, Divinity of Jesus Christ, without which “you shall not have life in you.” ( John 6:53 ).
First Holy Communion Preparation
Your child’s First Holy Communion day is more than wearing a pretty dress or nice suit and celebrating with a big party. It is the first of many more special encounters they will have with Jesus. Whenever we come together to celebrate the Holy Eucharist Jesus comes among us, reassuring us of his unending love. The Holy Eucharist celebrates the salvation Jesus Christ won for us by His Paschal Mystery, that is, His suffering, death and resurrection.
Preparation for First Holy Communion is a two-year program for the children of our Parish. Like First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion is typically celebrated with second grade children enrolled in Catholic schools, children in our Christ Centered Discipleship (CCD) initiative, or an approved home-schooling program. As with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, there will be parent meetings schedule to help you prepare your child for the reception of First Holy Communion. First Holy Communion Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday in May. A “Jesus Day” retreat is held the Saturday before First Holy Communion for the final spiritual preparation of your child as well as to practice for their big day!

Confirmation is the third of the three Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church, together with the Sacraments of 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 Saint Wendelin Parish, with preparation beginning in the 7th grade for our young people. Catholic adults who have not received all of the Sacraments of Initiation are encouraged to call the Parish office 419-435-6692 and talk with the Pastoral Associate for Catechetical Formation to figure out how best to complete these sacraments.
Preparation for Confirmation facilitates a continual process of conversion leading to full and active participation in the life of the Church and mature discipleship. Our goals for Confirmation preparation are the following:
Help young people recognize their dignity as beloved sons and daughters of God.
Help them develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by meeting Christ in the Sacred Scriptures/the Bible; by meeting Him in the life and teachings of the Catholic Church; in the Sacraments of the Church; and in their ever maturing spirituality and prayer lives.
Assist young people to hear God’s call to holiness and to guide them toward a generous response to that call to holiness.
Assist and challenge young people to become living saints as they strive to become more like Jesus Christ by living their discipleship in a mature way.
Enable young people to embrace theological and moral virtues established by Jesus Christ and the Church;  help them exercise these theological and moral virtues in their daily lives and personal decision-making;  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.  Help equip them to discern in the Holy Spirit their gifts and talents and how they can use these gifts and talents 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.

The Sacrament of Matrimony,  known in the recent past as the Sacrament of Marriage, is known as the “Primordial Sacrament”, that is, existing from before the world of time, in the world of the Garden of Eden.  The Sacrament of Matrimony is a gift from God to Adam and Eve. Marriage is ordered and defined by God. The Sacrament of Matrimony is celebrated when one man and one woman freely consent to give themselves to one another in a mutually exclusive way. This “gift giving” is for the mutual sharing of life and love as husband and wife. The marriage of Christian man and woman reflects Jesus Christ’s total gift of self for the life of the Church, for the life of the world. In the Sacrament of Matrimony, husband and wife give consent and exchange vows that bind them one to another in a lifelong commitment of fidelity, life and love. They become a new creation in Jesus Christ, as they manifest the “one flesh union – They are no longer two, but one flesh (Genesis 1).”  Their union is a reflection of God’s unwavering faithfulness and love to the human family from before the beginning of time. The expectation is the “one flesh union” of marriage will be “fruitful” for the man and woman helping them to become fully who it is that God has created them to become. Married life naturally finds its fulfillment in family life. For this reason, married life is not only the fulfillment of the vocations of husband and wife, but also the vocations of father and mother.
Matrimony Preparation
Entering into the Sacrament of Matrimony is obviously a significant step in one’s life. The Catholic Church requires a minimum of six months of preparation and formation before the celebration of the sacrament. Proper formation and education for the Sacrament of Matrimony is necessary to ensure that the marital union will be sustained for a lifetime. Contact the Parish office 419-435-6692 to initiate the preparation process. Couples must meet with the Pastor or Deacon at the parish before a wedding date is scheduled at the parish. At this meeting the Pastor or the Deacon must determine whether the couple is free to marry according to Canon Law/Church law. More information can be found at the following  link provided by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops:  http://wwwforyourmarriage.org.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated whenever a Catholic Christian is experiencing a serious illness, preparing for surgery, or is of an 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. The prayer of faith will heal the sick person and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.” (Jas 5:14).  In the celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the priest, who represents Jesus Christ and the entire Church, lays hands on the sick person, extending the healing touch of Jesus.  He then anoints the forehead and the hands of the sick person 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 Anointing 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
Formal preparation for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick occurs within the Rite itself.
Catholics who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may contact the Parish office at 419-435-6692. Also, those who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may approach the Pastor before or after weekend Masses, he will be happy celebrate the anointing with you at this time. The celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick also occurs from time to time after all weekend Masses throughout the year.
If you or a loved one are hospitalized, please inform your caregivers that you are a Catholic and a parishioner of Saint Wendelin and would like to be anointed by a priest. Because of HIPAA laws, it is best to ask a family member to call the Parish Office to make the Pastor aware that you would like to be anointed for the sick. All calls are forwarded to the rectory whenever the Parish Office is closed.
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 the Pastor 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 the Pastor 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.