Baptism is the gateway to life in the Spirit. It is the means through which we gain access to the other sacraments. Through baptism, we are freed from sin, and reborn as children of God. By baptism we become members of Christ and his church. The Diocese of Greensburg has official qualifications for baptism sponsors, as well as the appropriate number of sponsors required.
Please contact the parish office prior to the child’s birth. Baptisms are celebrated on Sundays at 11:00 a.m., by prior arrangement.
Given that sin destroys our relationship with God and undermines our relationship with other human beings, “reconciliation” designates the precise effect of Christ’s redemption of the human race that restores our relationship with God and our human fellowship. Learn more on the Diocese of Greensburg website.
Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and during regional services in Lent and Advent.
Children in second grade of the faith formation program prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation. Attendance at Saturday retreats by both parents and children is required. These sessions give parents tools to help their children prepare for the confession of sins, while also readying the children for this important step in their faith journey. For more information on the process of a child receiving Reconciliation, please contact Brian Lohr at [email protected]
The Eucharist completes Christian imitation. Through this Sacrament of Initiation we participate with the whole community of believers in the Lord’s own sacrifice. Learn more on the Diocese of Greensburg website.
Children in second grade of the faith formation program prepare for the sacrament of Eucharist. Attendance at Saturday retreats by both parents and children is required. These sessions give parents ways to assist their children in spiritually preparing for the Eucharist, while also preparing the children using a curriculum that is geared towards their age group. For more information on the process of a child receiving Eucharist, please contact Brian Lohr.
Confirmation brings to completion the grace received through Baptism. By this sacrament the baptized are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched by the strength of the Holy Spirit. This gift conforms believers more fully to Christ and strengthens them to bear witness to Christ for the building up of his body in faith and love.
After changes in the Diocese, children in 8th grade will receive Confirmation. Confirmation preparation is primarily provided for children in 6th to 8th grade through youth ministry. Additional requirements include attendance at retreats and community service projects. For more information on this sacrament, please contact Brian Lohr.
for more information on Confirmation you can find it here on the Diocese of Greensburg website
The marriage covenant prefigures the new and everlasting covenant between the Son of God and all mankind. The Diocese of Greensburg website has more information about the sacrament of marriage and marriage preparation information.
Please contact the parish office at least six months in advance to begin the preparation process. Pre-Cana Instructions or Engaged Encounter are necessary. The latest hour for weddings on Saturdays is 1:30 p.m.
Married sponsor couples are needed to help those contemplating Christian marriage in the Roman Catholic Church. Couples meet with an engaged couple in the mentor couple’s home for four two-hour meeting, and work through a series of discussions that are laid out in the “For Better and For Ever Resource Guide” by Robert A. Ruhnke. If you are interested or want more information, please contact Phil and Rosemarie Yoder at 724-925-8191.
Anointing of the Sick
Through this sacrament, the whole church commends those who are ill to the Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. Those who suffer are united to the Passion and death of Christ.
To request this sacrament, please contact the parish office at any time.
Our parish also celebrates the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick on a monthly rotation between the weekend Masses on the last weekend of each month following the final hymn.
We invite all those who are ill, experiencing the debilitating effects of aging, suffering from any distress of body, mind, or soul, or those who will be having surgery in the near future. Take advantage of Christ’s healing power through this sacrament of healing.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the church. It includes three degrees: diaconate, presbyterate and episcopate. Learn more about the Catholic Church’s many vocations on the Diocese of Greensburg website.
Please contact Father McGurik or the Diocesan Office for Vocations for more information about the priesthood and permanent diaconate.