Sacraments

BAPTISM
Parents who wish to have a child baptized must be registered parishioners for at least three months and participating in the community life of the parish.

They must also attend a preparation class.

Baptisms are usually celebrated at Sunday liturgy.

Please contact Lynn at the parish office for information or scheduling at 513-381-6400.

FIRST COMMUNION/RECONCILIATION
Usually children celebrate the sacraments of First Reconciliation (i.e., Confession) and First Communion in second or third grade, although they are welcome to do so at higher grades.

We want to help our children appreciate and respect the sacraments of the Church, and to understand how we are called as a sacramental people to follow Jesus faithfully.

Preparation classes take place on Sunday mornings during the school year. Please contact Sheila Murphy at the parish office for more information.

CONFIRMATION
Adult Confirmation of Catholics

For one reason or another, some Catholic adults who were baptized and celebrated First Communion as children never completed their initiation by celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation sessions for Confirmation of Catholic adults can take place in conjunction with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or at other times, as needed, depending on the size of the group.

Confirmation of Catholic adults is usually celebrated at the Easter Vigil (or at other times throughout the year, depending on circumstances). If you are interested in preparing to celebrate Confirmation as a Catholic adult (age 18 or older), please contact Sheila Murphy, Pastoral Associate.

Adolescent Confirmation

St. Monica-St. George Parish Newman Center prepares adolescents in the 7th and 8th grades to celebrate Confirmation every other year (e.g. 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and so on).

Sacramental preparation for Confirmation takes place during weekly PSR on Sunday mornings. Additionally, candidates and their sponsors also participate in sacramental preparation sessions as indicated on the annual PSR calendar.

Parents can register their children for PSR by printing off and filling in the form on the parish website and sending it to the parish office with the registration fee. Click on “Religious Education” under the Ministries heading on the parish’s home page.

For more information, contact Sheila Murphy, Pastoral Associate, at sheilamurphypa@gmail.com.

 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process through which adults prepare to become full members of the Catholic Church. The program is open to:

  1. adults who have never been baptized in any Christian faith;
  2. baptized adults of other faiths who are thinking about becoming Catholic;
  3. adults who were baptized as Catholics but have not celebrated the sacraments of First Eucharist and/or Confirmation;
  4. adults who are practicing Catholics but who have not yet celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation;
  5. any adult who simply wishes to learn more about the Catholic faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA. process, or just want more information, please contact our Pastoral Associate, Sheila Murphy, or our pastor, Fr. Al Hirt, OFM


MARRIAGE
St. Monica St. George Parish Newman Center serves many young adults who make this their parish. The priests, music director, coordinators and FOCCUS married couples make every effort to provide good planning and preparation.

Catholics who live within the parish boundaries, those who are registered here, alumni of the UC Newman Center, and young adults making this their community of faith are all welcomed to be married here.

Because of the many weddings of those who belong to this church, it is only by way of exception that other weddings can be accepted. There are limitations due to the time dedicated to each engaged couple, and the availability of dates, keeping in mind that dates need to be available to those who are members of this church.

All Catholics have a church to which they belong – the church in whose territory they reside. That church is the proper setting for celebrating sacraments.

Requests to be married here by way of exception need to be put in writing and sent to the pastor.

Marriage Preparation involves meeting with the Pastor for an initial interview.
In the months preceding the marriage, our parish offers a good program for marriage preparation and wedding planning:

  1. Planning Your Wedding sessions in November and March.
  2. Pre-Cana or Engaged Encounter weekend is an offering of the Archdiocese.
  3. FOCCUS is an instrument ministered by a married couple in our parish – the results of this instrument are then discussed with the married couple.
  4. Meetings with the priest who will preside at the wedding.

Our parish also offers a program for couples married one to five years.

For more information contact the Parish Office.

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturdays 3:30pm-4:00pm
First and Third Sundays of each month at 4:45pm-5:15pm (Fall semester)
September 18
October 2 & October 16
November 6 and November 20
December 4

Students, look for information about an on-campus reconciliation service and confessions on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Advent Communal Reconciliation Service at 7:00pm on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Fr. Al can be contacted for individual confessions by calling 381-6400, Ext. 110 or alhirt@fuse.net.

Fr. Clifford can be contacted for individual confessions by calling 381-6400, Ext. 108 or cliffordhennings@gmail.com.


ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing for all those who are facing major surgery, chronic illness, or the weakness that comes with age. Please call the parish office at 513-381-6400 to request an anointing.

Communal celebrations of the sacrament are celebrated on occasion throughout the year, usually after a Sunday Mass. Watch the bulletin for announced times. 

 

FUNERALS
Please contact our Pastoral Associate, Sheila Murphy, to schedule a funeral.

 

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