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Sacraments

 

The Sacraments that are usually celebrated within the time frame of the Religious Education Program are Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  We at St. Joan of Arc adhere with Church Law (Canon 914) which states "It is the responsibility, in the first place, of parents and those who take the place of parents as well as of the pastor to see that children who have reached the use of reason are correctly prepared...".  We, therefore, believe that the primary educators of the children are the parents and those who take the place of parents.  We, in the St. Joan of Arc Religious Education programs, are only supplemental to a parent and we act to aid the parent in his/her role in bringing the Catholic faith to their child.

 

 
Baptism
 
BAPTISMAL CLASSES for Parents:  Classes are held on the third Sunday of the month following 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Church meeting room.  (Check bulletin for possible changes).  All parents must attend a Baptism Preparation Class.  Please register for the class by contacting the parish office: 330-477-6796.  Parents must be registered parishioners or must provide a letter from the pastor of the church in which they are now registered.

If the child is Grade 3 or older, they must enter the Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for children so that the child that is in a more mature state can begin to see the greater aspects of the Roman Catholic Faith. This child after, adequate preparation, will celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.

If the child is in Grade 2 and has not received the sacrament of Baptism parents need to contact the Pastor for arrangements of the sacrament. After 2 years of instruction, the child will then be ready to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
  

 

Reconciliation
Individually this Sacrament is offered on Saturdays at 12 NOON throughout the year except Holy Saturday, or by appointment with a priest.   Communal Reconciliation is celebrated during Advent and Lent.

First Reconciliation is celebrated when a child who has been Baptized is in the 2nd Grade and has had at least one prior year of Catholic Religious Education.  Preparation for the sacrament is done mostly by the parents.  Parent Preparation Sessions for this sacrament will be held to aid parents in preparing their children for Reconciliation.  CCD classes will also discuss and aid parents in the preparation.  Parents will be issued a textbook to help in preparation of the sacrament.

 

First Eucharist
First Eucharist is celebrated when a child who has been Baptized is in the 2nd Grade and has had at least one prior year of Catholic Religious Education. Preparation for the sacrament is done mostly by the parents. Parent Preparation Sessions for this sacrament will be held to aid parents in preparing their children for First Eucharist. CCD classes will also discuss and aid parents in the preparation. Parents will be issued a textbook to help in preparation of the sacrament.

Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated when a child who has been Baptized is in the 8th Grade.  Preparation for the sacrament is done mostly by the parents and sponsor.  Special Parent/Sponsor meetings will be scheduled.  Each child is also required to attend a retreat and perform 14 hours of community service.  Parish School Classes or CCD classes will also discuss and aid parents in the preparation but primary instruction will come from the parents.

Anointing of the Sick
Contact the Parish Offices to inform a priest of anyone who is sick and in need of this Sacrament.  Anointing of the Sick is also offered 2 or 3 times per year during or after Sunday Mass.

Matrimony
Engaged couples must make arrangements with the priest before the date is set.  All couples must participate in a six-month pre-marriage preparation program and be a registered member of the church.

Read "Your Wedding at St. Joan of Arc Parish" here.

Holy Orders
Contact a priest or the Diocese of Youngstown Vocations Office for information on becoming a priest.

You can also visit our Vocations Page.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children
We encourage adults and older children interested in converting to or learning more about the Catholic Faith to attend the R.C.I.A. or R.C.I.C. process. These sessions are a year long program and meet weekly.