“The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the body of Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God; because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called ‘sacraments of faith.’ They do indeed impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them most effectively disposes the faithful to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God duly, and to practice charity.”Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy [Sacrosanctum Concilium] #59
Sacraments of Initiation
The sacraments that initiate one into the life of Christ are called the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. These three introduce us into the mystery of Christ Jesus who has come to lead us into the joy and wholeness of the Kingdom of God. Through these sacraments, we become conscious and committed members of the Church.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first sacrament and is the gateway to all other sacraments. By virtue of Baptism, one is incorporated into the Church and into the life of Jesus Christ. Baptism into the victory of Christ’s Life, Death, and Resurrection frees one from sin and is the means whereby one is made an adopted son or daughter of God the Father. With Baptism, one is commissioned by the Church to live as a Christian in the world and to preach the Gospel to all people.
To inquire about baptism for your child, please contact the Parish Office at 330.545.4351. Baptism Classes for new parents are scheduled monthly.
Most Holy Eucharist
The Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist “is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1407)
First Holy Eucharist is usually received in the Second Grade. For inquiries, please contact Mrs. Jeannine Frederick, Director of Religious Education, by phone at 330.545.4351 or by email.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the strengthening of the graces received at one’s Baptism. Prefigured in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles at Pentecost, “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.” (Order of Confirmation, #1)
Confirmation in the Diocese of Youngstown is usually conferred in the Eighth Grade. For inquiries, please contact Mrs. Jeannine Frederick, Director of Religious Education, by phone at 330.545.4351 or by email.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the liturgical and catechetical process for Adults who desire to enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. This process usually takes close to a year [beginning around September and culminating in participation in all three Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass in the Spring]. This is a time of instruction in the dictates of the faith and in further conversion and growth in relationship with Jesus Christ. R.C.I.A. at St. Rose is done in conjunction with the other parishes in southern Trumbull County.
For inquiries, please contact Deacon Paul Milligan, Director of the R.C.I.A., at 330.545.4351.
Sacraments of Healing
There are two sacraments of healing in Catholic sacramental life: the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. The purpose of each sacramental rite is to bring God’s healing touch to the sick through Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Penance & Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation is an encounter with the mercy of God. It is the process whereby a person whose action or lack of action has wounded one’s relationship with himself/herself, with others, and with God. Jesus has given the community of His disciples a way to be reconciled with the whole People of God who has been affected by the reality of human sin and evil. Through the ministry of the priest confessor, a person who seeks healing from sin can be assured that he or she has been forgiven both by God and the community through the Confession of sins, the Absolution of God through the Church, and the doing of one’s penance to begin making up for the harm caused by one’s words, actions, or inaction.
Saint Rose offers the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation beginning at 3 p.m. every Saturday or by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact Fr. Joseph Ruggieri at 330.545.4351.
First Reconciliation is usually made in the Second Grade prior to receiving First Holy Eucharist. For inquiries, please contact Mrs. Jeannine Frederick, Director of Religious Education, by phone at 330.545.4351 or by email.
Anointing of the Sick
In the course of our human life, we experience physical, psychological or spiritual illness. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was given by Christ to be a sign of his healing presence in the life of the sick person so they might be healed of the cause of one’s illness.
The Sacrament of the Sick is administered by the priest by anointing the sick person on the forehead and the palms of the hands, invoking God to bring healing to the ill person through the power of the Holy Spirit. This sacrament heals the cause of sin in one’s life so they might be set free. This sacrament may be received as often as necessary to help restore the sick to full health once again.
For inquiries or to receive sacramental anointing, please contact Fr. Joseph Ruggieri at 330.545.4351.
Sacraments of Vocation
There are two sacraments of vocation in Catholic life: Marriage and the Ordained Ministry. Both vocations, though lived differently, have the same purpose of both service to the Body of Christ and leading all people to union with God.
The Sacrament of Matrimony is the bond of love lived out daily between a husband and wife as they journey together through life as friends, partners, lovers, and companions. In addition to supporting one another in loving care, a married couple joins in the creative power of God by bringing forth children into the world. As parents, the husband and wife are called to love, nurture, and educate their children in the life of the Catholic faith so that one day these children will be intelligent, responsible, and loving adults.
The Church requires a period of six months – prior to the celebration of the wedding – for marriage preparation. For inquiries, please contact Fr. Joseph Ruggieri at 330.545.4351.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the sacrament whereby a man is uniquely configured to Christ the High Priest and consecrated for service to the community of the Church. This consecration and mission of the ordained ministry in the Catholic Church is to help order its communal life in such a way that the community can be living witnesses of Jesus Christ in the world. Deacons, Priests, and Bishops, called by God for service to the People of God, dedicate themselves to the building up of the community of Christ who is Himself the head of the Church which is his Mystical Body.
Likewise, those who seek to serve to the Christian Community by dedicating their lives to the mission of the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a unique way often seek to enter the Consecrated Religious Life by joining a Religious Order.
For all inquiries about Holy Orders or Consecrated Religious Life, please contact Fr. Joseph Ruggieri at 330.545.4351.
Inquires may also be made to the Director of the Office of Vocations of the Diocese of Youngstown at 330.744.8451.