St. Ignatius Catholic Church

CHRISTIAN FORMATION  

"Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you."
Matthew 28:19-20

FAITH FORMATION (YOUNG DISCIPLES!)
Parents are their child’s first teachers of the faith. They are an integral part of their child’s faith formation. Our parish offers community support in strengthening and encouraging faith through our parish faith formation program. It is expected that students in grades 1 through 8 will participate in the parish faith formation program held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:15 am to 11:15 am. Families should attend Mass together before or after class. For more information or to register, contact Julie Mittendorf (419)693-1150.

LITTLE DISCIPLES!
Faith Formation for children ages three to five (entering kindergarten) will be during the 11:30 am Mass on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month. Children will gather in the atrium at 11:30 am to learn about Jesus, the Good Shepherd, through prayer, songs, and bible stories. Parents are welcome to attend with their child, but it is not required. For more information or to register, contact, Julie Mittendorf (419)693-1150.

FIRST SACRAMENTS
Children normally receive their First Penance and First Communion during their Second Grade year. Parents are expected to be actively involved in their child’s preparation. First Reconciliation is celebrated in the fall of their Second Grade year, and First Eucharist follows in the spring. To be eligible for First Penance/Eucharist, a child and family must attend two years of Faith Formation classes, normally in the First and Second Grade. Occasionally a child who is older may need to celebrate their First Penance/Eucharist. These cases will be handled on an individual basis with additional material being added to their regular class material. In order to receive First Eucharist it is necessary, of course, for a child to have already been baptized. To enroll in First Sacraments, please contact Julie Mittendorf at (419)693-1150.

CONFIRMATION
This sacrament, which completes one’s initiation into the Catholic Church is celebrated during the Eighth Grade year. In addition to the preparation that the children will receive during class time, youth are also required to gain service hours in three areas: Parish, Family, and Community. This is a reflection of Jesus desire that his followers be servants to others. The students may begin to complete their service hours during the summer after their Sixth Grade year. Also included in their Confirmation preparation is the choosing of a saint’s name and corresponding saint report, a Confirmation retreat provided here at our parish, and an interview with the pastor or catechetical leader. To enroll in First Sacraments, please contact Julie Mittendorf at (419)693-1150.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
RCIA (Catechumenate) is the process for bringing adults of other religions or unbaptized adults into the Catholic Church. Persons who are interested in joining the Catholic Church, their sponsors, and a group of current members meet, beginning in September. This small faith-sharing community will seek a deeper understanding of what discipleship in Christ is all about, and will celebrate the steps of initiation in liturgical rituals throughout the year. Call the Parish Office for more information (419)693-1150.

YOUTH MINISTRY (LIFE TEEN)
St. Ignatius Youth Ministry offers high school aged youth an opportunity to experience faith sharing. Bible study, and general catechesis, as well as social opportunities and service projects. For more information contact Joe Livecchi at (567)277-2237

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
Young Adult Ministry offers the opportunity to gather together for support and guidance for those in their late teens, twenties, and thirties. For more information contact our Parish Office (419)693-1150.

CARDINAL STRITCH CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL & ACADEMY
For more information visit their website at www.cardinalstritch.org.

PARISH LIBRARY
Located in the Parish Life Center, a small library is available to parishioners to assist them with their spiritual growth. The library includes a range of book titles and some DVDs covering topics such as Bible study, Catholic Church teachings, parenting, marriage enrichment and spiritual life. A team of parishioners keeps the library in order and processes new books. To join the team call the parish office (419)693-1150.

GIFTED AND CALLED
Ministry Team members promote and facilitate sessions to administer the Spiritual Gifts Inventory to parish members, helping then to identify the charisms, or spiritual gifts they have received from the Holy Spirit. Parish members are invited to take the next step and use their spiritual gifts to serve our community in some form of ministry. If interested in serving on the team or taking the inventory call the parish office (419)693-1150.

ANNULMENT
This is a declaration by a church tribunal that a couple's previous marriage (which has ended in divorce) lacked essential elements to be considered a valid sacramental marriage in the Catholic Church. A person seeks an annulment:
1) to put closure on a former relationship,
2) to receive an internal spiritual reconciliation,
3) to remarry within the Catholic Church.
Contact Fr. Mark Herzog for more information (419)693-1150

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