Infant Baptism (ages newborn - 6 years)
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." Matthew 28: 19-20
Infant Baptism is for children between the ages of 0-6 years. Baptism is the first Sacrament of Christian Initiation. For an infant to receive Baptism at Blessed Sacrament Parish, his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must be registered and actively participating in the life of the parish at least for a period of one year. Active participation at Blessed Sacrament Parish is defined and understood that the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) weekly worships during Sunday Mass as is his or her privilege and responsibility, and participates in parish community life through stewardship of time, talent and treasure.
The Pastor conducts the Baptismal Preparation Class. Please call the Parish Office 330-372-2215 in order to schedule an appointment with the pastor during the pregnancy or after the child is born.
Parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) is asked to choose someone to serve as godparent for his/her child. A parent or legal guardian must choose at least one godparent. If you should choose to have two godparents, they must be one male and one female. A godparent must be registered at a catholic parish, baptized, confirmed, at least at the age of 16, and if married the marriage must be recognized as valid in the Catholic Church. If a godparent is not a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Warren, OH, a written confirmation signed by the pastor of the parish where the godparent belongs must be provided to the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish before the date of the baptism can be scheduled.
A sponsor is a baptized person of another Christian faith who may serve as a witness to baptism, as long as one godparent fulfills all of the above mentioned requirements. Such a person cannot be a replacement of the godparent. The sponsor needs to provide written verification of his or her baptism and also submit this to the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish.
The baptism of a child cannot be denied however it may be delayed. If there is no reason to believe that parent(s), legal guardian(s), and godparent(s) may carry out the responsibilities of raising the child in the faith of the Church, delay in Baptism may be necessary to allow the responsible adults the opportunity to grow in faith,
"For an infant to be baptized licitly: there must be a found hope that the infant be brought up in the Catholic religion, if such a hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be delayed according to the prescripts of particular law and the parents have been advised about the reason." (Code of Canon Law #868.2)
If a family from another parish wishes to have their child baptized at Blessed Sacrament Parish because the parish is the home to their extended family or at some point they belonged to Blessed Sacrament Parish, they must do the following;
1. Contact the pastor of the parish where they are currently registered and express their wishes to have their child baptized outside of their parish boundaries.
2. Attend the baptism class at their own parish.
3. A written permission from their pastor must be sent to the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish.
4. The date for baptism may be scheduled after all of the above requirements are met.
For further information on this matter please contact the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish at 330-372-2215.
Children Baptism (ages 7-14 years)
Please refer to the RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) section.
Adult Baptism (ages 14 and older)
Please refer to the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) section.
We encourage everyone, regardless of age, to partake in an ongoing education and formation through prayer, reading, and discussion.
"Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit." Acts 8: 14-17
Confirmation is the third Sacrament of Initiation and provides an indelible spiritual mark on the soul, enabling a person to be a stronger witness for Jesus through a lifetime of worship, prayer, and service. They are marked with the character or seal of the Lord in such a way that the Sacrament of Confirmation cannot be repeated.
Any adult (14 years of age and older) who has not been confirmed but wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to call the Parish Office at 330-372-2215.
Confirmation for school age children -- please call the Parish Office.
Holy Eucharist / Mass
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." John 6: 51
In the Holy Eucharist, Jesus Christ fulfills His promise to the Church: "I am with you always, to the close of the age" (Matthew 28: 30). The Holy Eucharist is commonly known as the "Mass".
Please join us every weekend and throughout each week for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. While only Catholic in "good standing" are able to receive the Holy Eucharist, we invite everyone to worship God during Mass and experience the power of Christ's presence in the liturgy.
The Mass follows a "fundamental structure which has been preserved throughout the centuries down to our own day" (no. 1346 Catechism of the Catholic Church). If you would like to understand more about the parts of the Mass please visit usccb.org.
Whenever there is no sacramental priest available at Blessed Sacrament Parish to celebrate the Eucharist during the weekdays, the faithful have an opportunity to gather at the Eucharistic Chapel for the Liturgy of the Word with the distribution of the Holy Eucharist presided by a commissioned Lay Leader of Prayer.
It is essential to include in our Eucharistic gatherings those who for the reasons of an illness may not gather with us at the altar. At the end of each Mass an individual may be sent forth to bring the Eucharist to those who are homebound and sick. It is a moment of profound prayer, inclusion and compassion shared between us as brothers and sisters in Christ. If you wish to bring the Eucharist to a person who is homebound or sick, please come in the sacristy prior to the Mass celebration. You may bring your own pyx or the parish will provide you with one in order to carry the Eucharist in the most reverent way. The pastor will instruct you on the proper way to conduct yourself in this ministry.
Find Mass Times Anywhere
Going on vacation does not mean "skipping" Mass! With a little planning, you can find a Catholic parish in or near almost any location. By telephone, you can call the chancery of the diocese or archdiocese you will be in and request information on local parishes. Going online will provide all the information you need...visit masstimes.org or in myParishApp. This provides a link to a parish and/or diocesan websites or church locations and contact information. Simply enter a zip code, city, state, country or area code for Catholic parish/church locations.
"From the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate." Mark 10: 6-9
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Matrimony is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman, initiated by God, and designed to be a primary place where God's love is seen and experienced. Human love is meant to be self-giving as the love that Jesus has for everyone.
Congratulations on your recent engagement! Blessed Sacrament Parish Catholic Community celebrates that God has brought you and your fiance to each other. At this time of preparation, we pray that it will be a time of honesty, truth, encouragement, discernment and joy for you and your families. Engaged couples wishing to be married at Blessed Sacrament Parish must contact the pastor at least 6 months before an anticipated wedding date by calling the Parish Office at 330-372-2215.
Holy Matrimony is a grace-filled encounter with God and the couple that brings them to a deeper holiness. As such, preparing for marriage is about more than planning the wedding, and Blessed Sacrament Parish is more than just a pretty building.
At Blessed Sacrament Parish, we take seriously our role in accompanying couples during the time of preparation for the sacrament. The preparation includes:
FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory Questionnaire
Diocese of Youngstown Retreat Day: God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage
The spirituality, sacramentality, and theology of marriage
Having on openness to life
Relationship and communication dynamics
An understanding of the various stages of marriage
An exploration of differences and potential areas of conflict
Insights into the importance of faith and a faith community
All of these ingredients are built into our marriage preparation program at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Our prayer is that this preparation helps our couples to be a light and an example to the world by living out the Sacrament of Matrimony throughout their lives together.
Do I have to be a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Parish in order to get married at Blessed Sacrament?
If you are not a registered member of Blessed Sacrament Parish Catholic Community, the Catholic party requesting marriage must contact the pastor of the parish where he or she is registered, worships and actively participates in the life of that parish to communicate his or her desire to marry outside of the parish boundaries. The entire marriage preparation ought to take place in ones' home parish and once concluded, the pastor will issue a written permission to the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish to witness the marriage of the two parties that are not his subject.
Note: Each Catholic parish in the world has its boundaries and therefore its jurisdiction. The pastor of each parish is responsible for all the people living within the boundaries of his parish. He may not witness the Sacrament of Marriage of those who belong to another parish without delegation of the proper pastor. In some cases a dispensation by the Ordinary is required.
If one lives within the boundaries of Blessed Sacrament Parish he or she may be married at Blessed Sacrament Parish if the following are true:
1. The Catholic party requesting marriage must be registered, actively partake in worship, sacramental life, and living out the stewardship of time, talent and treasure, especially i the outreach within the community, for at least a period of one year prior to the engagement.
2. It is not enough that at some point that individual was baptized and/or received other sacraments or perhaps even attended our former Blessed Sacrament Parish School / Queen of All Saints School / Notre Dame Catholic School. The life of a Christian is an ongoing journey. If someone, for whatever reason, has not been living a life of Jesus' discipleship, it is essential that before one my enter into a sacramental union, he or she takes time to pray, study and discern the Christian vocation to marriage.
3. One has to be free to marry. There may not be any know impediments that prevent one or both parties to enter into marriage. Such as: previous valid marriage, fear, coercion, manipulation, etc.
4. The wedding date may be publicly announced after an initial inquiry is conducted by the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish.
'For Your Marriage' Website
Did you know that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a website called For Your Marriage? This site includes information on what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage, daily tips for your marriage, a parenting and family section, a dating and engaged section, and does answer many questions about Catholics and divorce.
Often individuals are not fully participating in the life of the Church because of divorce and remarriage. Anyone who is divorced and would like to learn more about the annulment process can contact the pastor at the Parish Office 330-372-2215.
Annulment Q & A
If a marriage is annulled, are the children considered illegitimate? No.
A declaration of nullity has no effect on the legitimacy of children, since the child's mother and father were presumed to be married at the time that the child was born. Legitimacy depends on civil law.
May a divorced Catholic receive Holy Communion? Yes.
Divorced Catholics in good standing with the Church, who have not remarried or who have remarried following an annulment, may receive the sacraments.
How much does the Tribunal (Annulment Process) cost?
The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown does not have an investigation fee. Visit doy.org for the Canonical / Tribunal webpage for information.
Why would a non-Catholic need a decree of nullity from the Catholic Church?
A divorced non-Catholic, in order to seek marriage with a Catholic in the Catholic Church, must be considered free to marry. This requires that the whole of his or her life and marital history be brought into harmony with the teaching of the Catholic faith to which the Catholic intended spouse adheres. Hence, if the non-Catholic has previously been married, that first marital bond must be proven null before he or she can be considered free to marry anew.
Holy Orders and Consecrated Life
"The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his his harvest." Luke 10: 2
All Christians are called to discern their vocation in life. Most may be called to marriage, some to single life, yet others to be a religious sister, religious brother, deacon, or priest. The first step in any vocation is fervent prayer. The next step is to contact others for more information.
To explore more about vocations for women religious, please contact: Sister Joyce Candidi, 330-744-8451 ext 238.
To explore more about becoming a priest or religious brother, please contact: Rev. Christ Luoni, 330-744-8451 ext 292.
To explore more about becoming a deacon, please contact: Msgr. John Zuraw, 330-744-8451 ext 292.
If you would like to learn more please visit the Diocese of Youngstown website at doy.org.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate (CCC 1536).
Anointing of Sick
"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." James 5: 14
Anointing of the Sick is a healing sacrament of the Church and can be scheduled for anyone who is sick or in need of surgery by calling the Parish Office 330-372-2215.
If possible, the sacrament should be requested at the beginning of an illness so the person can participate actively and fully. The presence of family members and others from the community highlight this prayer of the Church as a healing encounter with the Lord. There is no limit as to how often an ill person may receive the sacrament.
If you or someone you know would like to be on the Blessed Sacrament Parish prayer list, please be sure to contact the parish secretary at the Parish Office number listed above.
Mass for the Sick and Homebound
Please refer to the Holy Eucharist / Mass information.
Prayers for the Dying
If there is anyone near death and their wish or the family's wish is to have the Prayers for the Dying, please contact the Parish Office 330-372-2215 and be sure to let a staff member know that it is an emergency.
Communion to the Sick and Homebound
Blessed Sacrament Parish has wonderful Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who will distribute the Holy Eucharist and convey the prayers of the Church to those who may be sick, homebound, or in a hospital or nursing care facilities. To request Communion please contact the Parish Office 330-372-2215.
"Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.' And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.'" John 20: 21-23
Reconciliation / Penance is the sacrament of spiritual healing that involves contrition (remorseful), confession to a priest, absolution by the priest, and penance. After making an examination of conscience, the penitent confesses his/her sins to the priest, who is the minister of Christ's mercy. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in His presence and honestly acknowledge our sins. The intent of this sacrament is to provide healing for the person and should help us to stay close to the truth we cannot live without God and each other. "In him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17: 28.
Not only does it [the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers! We obtain a new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned." (USCCB/Penance)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance at Blessed Sacrament Parish is celebrated on Saturday at 3:15 p.m., or by calling the Parish Office 330-372-2215 to make an appointment. Special Advent and Lent Communal Penance Services are scheduled during these times of the liturgical year.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is designed for individuals who are considering becoming Catholic. Information meetings are held in June, July and August. This process is designed for individuals who are considering becoming Catholic. Who should attend?
- Persons who have never been baptized as Christians
- Persons who have been Baptized in another Faith and are now interested in the Catholic Tradition
- Persons who were Baptized in the Catholic Faith but were not raised Catholic and did not receive the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation
RCIA is the process by which an adult joins the Catholic faith. For those not baptized this process leads to the Easter Vigil where they receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Those who have been previously baptized in a Christian tradition are invited into full communion in the Church through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. RCIA is a journey that the community of Blessed Sacrament also shares as we grow and strengthen our faith. At Blessed Sacrament, participants meet weekly in addition to regular Mass attendance. The sessions provide a relaxed, informative environment. We welcome our new members who bring new life and talents to our church. Please continue to pray for those who are discerning if this is the time to begin the process. We continue to pray that they may be open to accept the beliefs of the Catholic Faith. The process is not limited to a calendar year. Each participant discerns when God is calling him/her to a decision of faith. Please contact Fr. Peter to discuss, or Brenda Antenucci in the parish office for more information.
Prayer for RCIA
O God, we thank you for implanting the gift of faith in human hearts. We thank you for sending Jesus, Your Son, as the fullness of your love. May his life and mission lead us to share in your divine life. Today we ask you to bless in a special way all inquirers, catechumens, and candidates, who have generously responded to the invitation of Jesus: "Come, follow me." Help them to persevere in their journey of faith despite any difficulties. Bless those who minister through the RCIA program so that, under the guidance of your Holy Spirit, they may lead others to a life of faith in Jesus Christ. Grant that all parishioners will take an active role in bringing new members into the Church. Call us all to a renewal of our faith, and inspire us all to be your light in the world. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.