The Holy Sacraments

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According to the norms of Canon Law,  parents request baptism for their children and are required to prepare themselves in order raise their children in the faith. Both parents and godparents are asked to attend a preparation class that outlines their roles as Christian parents and sponsors and reviews the history, symbolism, and celebration of the sacrament. Classes are scheduled throughout the year and baptisms are scheduled on select weekends. Parents requesting baptism are asked to call the church office to make proper arrangements. Godparents are chosen according to the rules outlined in Canon Law. For more information, contact Anne Marie Vega at 330-452-9539.

First Eucharist and First Reconciliation

The celebration of First Eucharist and First Reconciliation mark an important milestone in a child’s spiritual journey and sacramental life. The celebration of these sacraments follows a year-long preparation program that is correlated with regular catechesis or religious education. Candidates must be registered parishioners, attend Mass regularly, be in their second year of catechesis, and be determined as “ready” by parents, catechists, and the pastor.

In October, candidates express their desire to join the program during a signing ceremony at Mass. Candidates and their parents meet monthly for special catechetical sessions which focus on the images of Jesus the Good Shepherd and Jesus the True Vine. These themes are integrated into a variety of reflections, prayers, and activities. Candidates are presented with a New Testament and parents are given reading schedules to connect their learning into the home.

A three-day retreat marks the end of their preparation and includes the celebration of First Reconciliation and a renewal of Baptismal vows. First Eucharist is usually scheduled in late April.  For more information, contact Anne Marie Vega at 330-452-9539.

Confirmation

The celebration of Confirmation is another important milestone in a young person’s spiritual and sacramental journey. Confirmation is celebrated every two years and includes young people in the 8th and 9th grade. Adults needing Confirmation are asked to call the Director of Religious Education to make arrangements.

Candidates request Confirmation by signing a covenant agreement and joining a preparation program that is closely correlated to their regular catechesis and youth programs. Candidates must be registered parishioners, have received the Sacraments of First Communion and Reconciliation, attend Mass regularly, and participate in regular, ongoing catechesis. Candidates choose an appropriate sponsor to walk this journey with them and witness the Christian faith.  Candidates meet on a monthly basis to participate in a variety of preparation activities including: field trips, catechetical meetings, prayer experiences, retreats, service opportunities, and social events.

Confirmation is usually celebrated in the Spring with the Bishop.  For more information, contact Anne Marie Vega at 330-452-9539.

Wedding and Marriage Preparation

Couples wishing to celebrate the sacrament of Holy Matrimony at St. Anthony/All Saints need to contact the church office to set an appointment and to schedule a wedding. A preparation plan with classes will be established according to each situation. For more information, contact Fr. Tom at 330-452-9539.

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Walk in the light of Christ aDSC_0095nd learn to trust in his wisdom. Commit your lives daily to his care, so that you may come to believe in him with all your heart.  (From the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Are you thinking of being baptized? Are you a Catholic who has not celebrated Confirmation or Communion? Do you know someone who wants to become a member of the Church?  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the practice of initiation in the Catholic Church. In the RCIA process inquirers enter into an extended time of formation in which they discern and welcome God’s invitation to embrace life in the Christian Community. During the process of initiation a person grows in the knowledge and teachings of the church, explores scripture, develops friendships with members of the community, learns to pray and worship in the Catholic tradition, and discovers the joys of serving others. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of the church please contact Roberta Muoio at rmuoio@stanthonycanton.org or 330-452-9539. Please click here to visit the RCIA webpage.