Sacraments

"Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church recognizes the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord. They are the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist), the Sacraments of Healing (Penance and the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacraments (of)...Service (Marriage and Holy Orders). (-United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

"The seven sacraments are drawn from the love that Jesus has for all of us as shown in his life, passion, death, and resurrection. This love is shared with us by the Holy Spirit through human ceremonies instituted by Christ. These ceremonies offer union with

God during seven significant life stages. As our liturgy tells us, our God “always walk[s] with us on the journey of life” (cf. Eucharistic Prayer for Use in Masses for Various Needs). Each sacrament is formed by words and gestures that explain what God is doing for us. The materials that we use (water, bread, wine, oil) point to the divine love of our God, who freely chooses to share his grace with us through them. Just as Christ is fully human and divine, so the sacraments have a human and a divine aspect. The sacraments are about God’s loving involvement in our lives."  Continue Reading...  (-An Introduction to the Sacraments by Fr. Don Miller)

Baptism

Typically celebrated the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 PM. Click HERE for scheduled dates. Parents also have the option of having their child baptized during any of the Masses during the first weekend of the month.

 

Expectant and new parents are asked to call the Parish Office (330-533-6839) to schedule 3-4 months before the date on which they wish to have their child baptized.

 

Pre-baptism class is required for:

  • First time parents OR

  • First baptisms at St. Michael.

 

Pre-baptism classes are offered the third Thursday of the month at

7:00 PM. You must attend only one session before baptism.

Click HERE for scheduled dates.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place every Saturday at 3:30 PM until finished, or by appointment.

 

Communal celebrations are scheduled during the seasons of Advent and Lent.

For information about FIRST RECONCILIATION for 2nd graders contact Nicky Uerling  (330-533-6839).

Congratulations to our children who celebrated their First Reconciliation on January 27, 2019!

Holy Orders

“For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.”  As brothers and sisters with Christ, we are all called to serve on another.  Consider that your call to service may be as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life. 

To find out more call Fr. Christopher Luoni at 330-744-8451, email him: cluoni@youngstowndiocese.org, or click HERE.

Eucharist

If a parishioner is homebound or in a nursing home and would like to receive Communion, please call the Parish Office (330-533-6839).

 

First Eucharist is celebrated at all Masses during the first weekend of May. Preparation includes parent meetings in January and February, a family bread baking evening in March and a retreat day for First Communicants in April. Separate practice sessions are scheduled for each group receiving their First Eucharist at each of the three Masses. First Communicants also participate in the St. Michael May Crowning.

Click HERE for more information.

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Congratulations to our First Communicants who received their

First Eucharist at Masses on May 4 and 5, 2019!

Marriage

Arrangements are made by the Pastor. Couples are asked to call the Parish Office (330-533-6839) for an initial interview six months prior to the wedding.

 

Marriage Preparation:

"Engaged Couple Retreat"  is a day-long marriage preparation workshop designed to assist engaged couples in preparing for their life-long vocation of marriage. It is a day to study, review, and learn the truth, beauty and joy of God’s plan. Contact Diocese of Youngstown for additional marriage preparation opportunities.

 

Sponsor Couples Program at St. Michael is offered for all engaged couples.


Bishop Murry invites couples who are married civilly but not in the Church to inquire about beginning the validation process (“having your marriage recognized by the Church”). Please contact the parish office to inquire about beginning the necessary steps leading to the validation of your marriage. See invitation letter HERE.

Confirmation

Celebrated once a year for students in the 8th grade. Confirmation preparation includes four two-hour instructional sessions, followed by a retreat day for Candidates and a mandatory rehearsal for Candidates and Sponsors.

 

Session 1: Choosing Confirmation and Choosing a Sponsor (for Candidates and Parents).

Session 2: The Holy Spirit and the Sacraments (for Candidates, Parents and/or Sponsors).

Session 3: The Beliefs and Practices of the Church (for Candidates, Parents and/or Sponsors).

Session 4: Belonging to a Christian Community (for Candidates, Parents

and/or Sponsors).

Session 5: Retreat Day (for Candidates).

Session 6: Mandatory rehearsal (for Candidates and Sponsors).

 

Click HERE for scheduled dates.

Contact Maureen Hall

(330) 533-6839

maureen@stmichaelcanfield.org 

Congratulations to our young parishioners who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on February 6, 2019!

Anointing of the Sick

A communal sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated annually during the month of October. This sacrament, which includes an anointing with holy oil and prayers for healing, provides spiritual strength to those who are ill. It is open to anyone suffering from a serious physical or mental ailment, anyone with a chronic medical condition, or someone preparing for surgery.

 

For individual anointing, at any time, call the Parish Office (330-533-6839).

"The sacraments the Church celebrates are signs of grace that make a deeper reality present to us. One reality we encounter through the sacraments is Christ's presence in the Church community, his body. This recognition of Christ's presence in the community should lead to a stronger awareness of being sent on mission to engage in concrete, love-inspired action in the world." -USCCB