Catechumenate

How do persons interested in becoming Catholic know what to do?
Please phone the rectory and set up a meeting with Mrs. Sally Frantz for information and instruction.

Sacramental Preparation Guidelines:

1. Baptism:

Both parents are asked to attend a Baptism class prior to your child’s Baptism. At lease one Godparent is required to be a practicing Catholic. It is strongly suggested that Baptism be celebrated during Mass. Please call the rectory office to schedule your Baptism. Children seven (7) years of age and older will participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children  (R.C.I.C.)

2. First Reconciliation:

Children begin to prepare for Reconciliation in the second grade. Your child must be enrolled in CCD instructions or a Catholic school curriculum. For older children who have not yet celebrated this sacrament, special arrangements are made according to individual and family needs.

3. First Holy Eucharist:

First Eucharist preparation begins for students in the second grade. Instructions are provided by the Religious Education Program. All children must have attended formal religious education during their first grade year. If your child was not Baptized at St. Joseph the Worker Church, a baptismal certificate must be submitted at the beginning of their second grade  school year. First Holy Eucharist is usually celebrated in early May. A second date in  September will be scheduled for those not yet fully prepared in May. This preparation is to include recitation of the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.

4. Confirmation:

In order to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, a person must be Baptized and a high school student. Preparation begins in the student’s 9th grade year. The Confirmation candidate must fully participate in the Confirmation sessions and at the Sunday Liturgy. Regular attendance at CCD or Madonna High School is expected.

5. Marriage:

Those planning a marriage should contact the rectory office at least six (6) months prior to your wedding. Both parties must be free to marry. If an annulment is needed, please make an appointment as soon as possible with a priest. no date should be set until this takes place. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston requires all couples to attend Pre-Cana classes. Weddings can be scheduled on Friday or Saturday. Saturday weddings will be no later than 1:30 pm because of 4:00 pm Mass.

6. Anointing of the Sick:

The first Wednesday of every month at the daily Masses, or available upon request.