Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission:
“Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”
Parents please note, when planning your baptism with family and friends, the parish does Baptisms on the second Sunday of the month.
A preparation program is required for all parents and Godparents. To be a Godparent for Baptism requires active participation in the life of the Church including regular worship at Sunday Mass.
If you anticipate a baptism at the parish in the next few months, BOTH PARENTS are to attend the Pre- Baptism class. Plan to attend this class before the birth of your baby to avoid unnecessary delays in scheduling the Baptism of your child. To schedule your class call the parish office 724-846-7540.
The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
Saint Monica Parish adores and worship the Living Lord Jesus thru:
- Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
- Offering Daily confessions
- Reverent Worship at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
- Eucharistic Festival of Praise
- Imitation of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
The sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.
Saint Monica Parish offers Confession twice during the week. First on Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 8:00pm and on Saturdays at 5:00pm between our Saturday Masses.
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.
Couples planning a wedding:
It is the policy of the Diocese that the Church is contacted six months before the date of the Wedding in order to begin the necessary paper work and instruction time prior to the Wedding. Couples are asked to call the Parish office and Father will see if the date is open and ask questions at that time in order that we can proceed at a later date.
Saint Monica Parish is happy to announce our new Marriage Preparation initiative For Better & Forever Marriage Sponsors. For more information on this program please click here.
Anointing of the Sick
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.
Please contact the parish office to request a priest perform Anointing.