Baptism

Through the Sacrament of Baptism a child is received into the life of Christ and becomes a member of the Catholic Church.  We encourage parents to have their child baptized within the first few months after birth.  Parents presenting a first child for Baptism are asked to attend a program which explains the meaning and importance of this Sacrament in the Church.  The pre-baptism program is held 3 times a year. Parents are asked to call the rectory to register for this class. The Sacrament of Baptism is typically celebrated each Sunday, after the last Mass.


First Penance and First Eucharist

These Sacraments are usually celebrated when a child is in the second grade.  Parents who have children attending Saint Columbkille School or our Parish School of Religion, will be given all necessary information as the time of these celebrations draw near.  Parents are asked to participate in each of these events as well as to provide an example to their children.  By participating at Mass and being reconciled to God themselves, parents set a lasting example for their children.


Confirmation

St. Columbkille students attending the eighth grade in our school or our Parish School of Religion program, celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.  There is a 2 year preparation program for this Sacrament and it begins in Grade 7. It is very important for the candidates to be current in their religious education as well as actively and regularly practicing their faith.

Adults who have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation need to contact a priest or deacon for information regarding our adult Confirmation prep program.

Briefly about Godparents and Sponsors...

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The role of godparent or sponsor is extremely important as one who promises before God to be a faith-filled, practicing role model for the child or adult now and in the future.  They must be at least 16 years of age and have received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.  Godparents and sponsors must be registered in a parish, participate in Mass weekly and receive the Sacraments regularly.  If they are married they must be in a valid marriage.  Each godparent or sponsor is required to obtain a sponsor certificate from his or her own parish.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the rectory to speak with a priest.


Anointing of the Sick

This Sacrament of healing is for those Catholics asking for God’s help and grace during a serious illness, struggling with a chronic disease or for someone preparing for any surgery.  If you are someone in need of this sacrament, please call the rectory office. 

Each year St. Columbkille Parish celebrates a communal healing Mass for anyone in need of this Sacrament. This Mass is usually celebrated in mid-October and on a Sunday afternoon.


Holy Orders

The priesthood or diaconate is a unique ministry within the Catholic Church.  We encourage anyone considering a vocation to the priesthood, diaconate, or vowed religious life to either talk with someone on our staff or contact the Diocesan Vocation Office at (216) 696-6525.  To simply inquire about a religious vocation does not involve any commitment.  Information is easily available and may help in discerning whether or not a person is being called to such a life. 


Marriage

A Sacramental Marriage within the Catholic Church brings a special relationship between a husband, a wife and God.  Because of the permanent nature of this Sacrament the Church takes special interest in anyone requesting it.  Any couple seeking to enter into this sacramental union is asked to contact a priest or deacon to discuss their plans.  Contact must be made at least six months prior to the wedding.

Briefly about divorce and annulments….

The Church teaches that Catholics who have gone through a divorce and have not remarried and are living a celibate life, are members of the faith in good standing.  We encourage them to participate in every aspect of the church life.  Because of our belief in the presence of the Marriage bond, we are not able to automatically celebrate a second marriage after a divorce.  If you or someone you know has questions about how the Church deals with divorce, annulment or remarriage, do not rely on information you’ve heard from others.  Please call the rectory and ask a priest or deacon.  We are ready to help you.