Questions About Sacraments

Are you planning to get married, baptize a child, or are you interested in any of the other sacraments?


It is most appropriate to provide children with the grace of the Sacrament of Baptism and to welcome them into the community of faith within six months of birth. The Sacrament of Baptism is usually celebrated on Sunday or at a time mutually agreed upon. For first time parents, formation is required regarding Christian parenting and the teaching of the Church. A pre-baptismal instruction is offered at St. Edward Parish by contacting Sister Therese Ann at 330.743.2308 or email While two are customary, only one sponsor is required for baptism and he or she must be a practicing, registered Catholic who can obtain a “sponsor letter” from their parish. Christians of other denominations may serve as a “Christian Witness” and must also provide evidence of their church membership.

For additional information, please email the Parish Office at  or call at 330.743.2308.


Children typically begin preparing to receive their First Communion or First Eucharist once they reach the Second Grade. For more information, please contact Sister Therese Ann at 330.743.2308 or email


The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually received when one approaches or enters his or her young teenage years. At Saint Edward Parish, the young people of our parish will be prepared to receive Confirmation during the eighth grade.

If you have a child who is in the eighth grade or older, who has not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation please please contact Sister Therese Ann at 330.743.2308 or email

Penance and Reconciliation (Confession)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a healing remedy for our sinfulness. Confession, one part of the sacrament, calls us to discover the struggles that cause sinful acts and present them to God in the presence of the priest. All adult Christians are encouraged to consider approaching this sacrament at least twice a year especially during Advent and Lent. Although serious matters should be brought before the priest, our lesser sins are healed through the celebration of Mass or with sincere contrition and any good work. Msgr Siffrin is available in the church for confessions on Saturdays from 3:00 – 3:45 pm and daily before the 8:30 am Mass.

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Sick (anointing) is available to anyone who is seriously or chronically ill, weakened by age, or is preparing for surgery.  Msgr Siffrin is available to administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, as necessary, day or night.  You can also speak with him after Mass for anointing.

A Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated in the spring and fall.

Msgr Siffrin  is happy to come to people whether they are in assisted living facility, nursing  home  or confined to home. Please call the Parish Office at 330.743.2308 during business hours Monday through Friday to request this sacrament. If the Parish Office is closed, and it is an emergency, call the Parish Office at 330.743.2308 and our answering service will contact Msgr Siffrin.

Communion calls to the homebound are made weekly and/or monthly, or upon request.

Please call 330.743.2308 or email [] the parish office if you or your loved one is hospitalized or is in need of these special services.


For Christians, Marriage is a sacrament that is normally celebrated in the home parish of the bride or the groom. Before a man and a woman consent to the Sacrament of Marriage the couple is required to participate in a marriage preparation program and to follow the Parish Wedding Guidelines This preparation includes a Pre-Cana class or retreat, the Prepare and Enrich Marriage Preparation instrument, and liturgical planning. It is not unusual for particular circumstances or individual needs to necessitate a relatively extensive period of time for preparation, so couples are urged to schedule a first meeting with Msgr Siffrin  minimum of six months  in advance of any planned wedding date. Call Msgr Siffrin at 330.743.2308 to schedule a wedding date and time.

Holy Orders

Before a man is admitted to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as a priest and/or deacon he is required to pursue graduate academic work. Please call the Parish Office at 330.743.2308  to talk with Deacon Jim Smith  about the Permanent Diaconate or with Msgr Siffrin to talk about the priesthood. Men interested in becoming priests of the Diocese of Youngstown  will also need to contact Fr. Chris Luoni, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Youngstown, at the Diocesan Vocations Office at 330.744.8401.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA provides an opportunity for adults who are seeking full communion with the Church to learn about the Catholic faith.

Those interested in learning more about RCIA can email Sister Therese Ann at or call the Parish Office at 330.743.2308

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) is for children who are 7 years old or older who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism, or have been baptized into the Catholic Church or another Christian denomination, but have not received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at the usual age. Please email  Sister Therese Ann at or call the Parish Office at 330.743.2308


The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us” through the work of the Holy Spirit (Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 1131; cf. no 774).
From United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, page 169


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