Mass and Sacraments

OUR MASS SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

SATURDAY VIGIL MASS at 5:00 p.m. AND SUNDAY MASSES at 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Weekday Masses are at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and  9:30 a.m. on Thursday during the school year.

The Saturday Vigil Mass is available to stream live from our homepage.
Daily Masses can be live streamed at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m on Thursday during the school year. 

CURRENTLY THE ONLY OPTION FOR RECONCILIATION IS 11 a.m. to 12 noon ON SATURDAY.

Typically Reconciliation is available on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. However, at this time confessions will not be heard from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

First Reconciliation (Confession)
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation or Confession is the Sacrament of the Catholic Church which shares the gift of the forgiveness of Jesus Christ by confessing one’s sins to a priest confidentially and receiving absolution (the prayer of forgiveness) from the priest.

First Reconciliation Preparation
Normally children who have reached the age of reason (7 or in second grade) are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in second grade of SHOJ School or Parish School of Religion. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is usually celebrated in the January of the child’s second grade year. For information on First Reconciliation, contact Annette Bernard (Director of Religious Education) at 330.336.3049.

Sacrament of Baptism

Newborn baby baptism by water with hands of priest

The Sacrament of Baptism is the Sacrament of the Catholic Church by which a person is incorporated into Christ, by which original sin and all sin are wiped clean and by which a person becomes a member of the Catholic Church.  Baptism is celebrated by the pouring of blessed water while the words “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” are said, by the anointing of Chrism (oil consecrated by the Bishop), the wearing of a Baptismal garment symbolizing one taking on the life of Christ and being presented with a Baptismal candle lit from the Easter Candle.

Godparents are chosen by the parents to assist in the forming of the newly baptized in the faith. Baptism is required before any other Sacraments are celebrated or received. Baptism is the first of the initiation Sacraments, the others being Eucharist and Confirmation. Baptism is only received once.

Baptism Preparation for Infants and Children
First time parents are expected to attend a Pre-Baptismal Instruction which is held the first Sunday of March, June, September and December.  At this instruction, the Sacrament of Baptism, the requirements for Godparents, the Baptismal Rite and what Baptism means for a life in Christ are all explained. Registration is required by calling the SHOJ Parish Office at 330.336.3049.

Godparent Requirements
A Godparent is a practicing Catholic who has received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, at least 16 years old, is not the parent of the person being baptized, is a registered and practicing member of a Catholic parish and if married, in a valid Catholic marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. These are universal requirements that are required under Canon (Church) Law. Only one Godparent is required for Baptism, two (a male and a female) are the norm. If there is only one Godparent, there is an allowance for a Christian Witness, a practicing Christian who has been baptized and can prove current membership in a recognized Christian Church community.

Baptismal Garment Ministry
Baptismal Garments are used during the Rite of Baptism to indicate the newly baptized has put on the life of Christ, unstained now by sin. Members of this ministry sew baptismal garments that are used during the baptism ceremony as they are needed.

Baptism Preparation for Adults
Adults who are interested in being baptized Roman Catholic should go to Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Sacrament of the Eucharist

The Sacrament of the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, first given at the Last Supper on the night before Jesus was crucified on the cross.  The Eucharist is the gift of Christ’s presence given to his disciples then and given to his disciples now so that Jesus Christ nourishes us in our imitation of him, his care and love of others and our living a life in Christ.  The Eucharist is a Sacrament of Initiation of which the other two are Baptism and Confirmation.

First Communion Preparation

Normally children who have reached the age of reason (7 or in second grade) and who have celebrated First Reconciliation are prepared for the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time in second grade of SHOJ School or Parish School of Religion.  For information on First Communion, contact Annette Bernard (Director of Religious Education) at 330.336.3049.

Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the Sacrament of the Catholic Church that offers the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, fear of the Lord and piety) through a Bishop’s laying on of hands and anointing with Chrism (oil consecrated by the Bishop) sealing the Sacrament of Baptism. Each person being Confirmed must have a Sponsor. The Sacrament of confirmation is usually celebrated in December of each year. Confirmation is another Sacrament of Initiation, the others being Baptism and Eucharist.

Confirmation Sponsor
A Sponsor is a practicing Catholic who has received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, at least 16 years old, is not the parent of the person being Confirmed, is a registered and practicing member of a Catholic parish and if married, in a valid Catholic marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. Each candidate for Confirmation must choose only 1 Sponsor. These are universal requirements that are required under Canon (Church) Law.

Confirmation Preparation

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is usually during a candidate’s freshmen year in high school, beginning in September with Confirmation celebrated in the spring. Preparation involves Sunday morning sessions of formation and education, service hours and times of prayer and reflection. For more information contact Taylor Gosiaco (Youth Minister) at 330.217.3079.

For confirmation registration, please use the PSR Registration Form which can be found under the Religious Education tab.

Confirmation Requirements 2018-2019

Adult Confirmation Preparation
Adults who desire to be confirmed are required to be prepared by sessions of formation and education. These sessions are normally offered in the fall prior to the parish celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in December by a Bishop. For more information contact Deacon Roger Klaas at 330.336.3049.

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If you are interested in becoming Catholic, or are interested in learning more about the RCIA program, click here to read the RCIA brochure.

We welcome any additional questions you may have, please contact Deacon Rich Michney at 330.336.3049.

Read what other RCIA graduates have said about answering their call to becoming Catholic, here.

The RCIC
Children older than 3 years of age and young people up to 16 normally are prepared for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). This Rite includes age appropriate formation and education sessions based on what the Church teaches, practices and believes, times for prayer and reflection and times of prayer with the parish during Liturgy.  Normally RCIC sessions begin in September and continue through to Easter of the following year.  The Sacraments are celebrated at the Easter Vigil (night before Easter Sunday).  For more information contact Annette Bernard (Director of Religious Education) at 330.336.3049.

Sacrament of Marriage
The Sacrament of Marriage is the Sacrament of the Catholic Church that binds a man and a woman in a life-long relationship of love and life in Christ.

Marriage Preparation
A six-month preparation process is required for couples wishing to marry in the Catholic Church at SHOJ.  This preparation includes sessions with one of the priests or deacons discussing what the Church teaches about the Sacrament of Marriage, communication, role relationships, conflict resolution, family, children and finances.  Also included is completion of the necessary paperwork for Church and Civil requirements and planning for the prayers, readings and music of the Wedding Mass or Ceremony. To set a wedding date and begin the preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage, contact one of the priests or deacons.

Pre-Cana – Diocese of Cleveland

Marriage and Family Office – Diocese of Cleveland

For Your Marriage – United States Catholic Conference of Bishops

Natural Family Planning

Wedding Liturgy

Wedding Liturgy Planning Guide

First Reading Suggestions

Second Reading Suggestions

Petitions

Song and Hymn Suggestions

Annulment of Marriage
An annulment is a declaration by a Church tribunal (a Catholic church court) that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union.  To begin the annulment process contact one of the priests or deacons.

Planning a Funeral
When a loved one dies, families should make contact with a funeral home of their choice.  The funeral home will make contact with SHOJ and one of the priests or deacons to set the day, date and time of the funeral.  To assist in the selection of the readings and songs for a funeral Mass, click on the Mass of Christian Burial Planning Guide below to see full texts of possible readings and suggested songs.

Mass of Christian Burial Planning Guide

First Readings for Funerals

Second Readings for Funerals

Funeral Petitions

Funeral Meal Ministry
SHOJ hosts a meal for family and friends of a deceased parishioner after a funeral.  Parishioners are invited to assist by serving on a rotating team to provide setup, serving, making of food and clean up of the funeral meal.  To serve on a Funeral Meal Ministry team contact Nancy Brigeman at 330.334.4774.

SHOJ Parish Cemetery
A section of Wadsworth city owned Woodlawn Cemetery is owned by SHOJ with space available for Catholic burials. For information on the SHOJ section at Woodlawn Cemetery or to purchase use of a grave contact the SHOJ Parish Office at 330.336.3049.

Bereavement Ministry
This ministry of compassion helps parishioners who have lost loved ones within the past year with the grieving process by conducting bereavement services. Meetings are held on four Tuesday nights in October and November concluding with the All Souls Day liturgy on November 2nd. To participate or for more information contact Deacon Roger Klaas at 330.336.3049.