Through the Sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we,
in turn, can make the world holier.
Below you will find more information on the Sacraments.
Saint Joseph Parish offers baptismal preparation sessions for parents who are expecting. We ask the you participate in these sessions prior to the birth of your child. These sessions are intended to help parents understand the role they play in the faith formation of their child, as well as help parents interact with other parents who are expecting. For more information please contact the Parish Center Office.
"First Communion"or the celebration of the first Eucharist for youth is during the second grade. Preparation for this sacrament is done during religious education and through parent sessions to help children prepare for this joyous celebration.
Reconciliation is an important part of our faith as it is through reconciliation that we are healed and able to participate fully in the grace that Christ offers us.
Confirmation occurs during the sophomore year of high school and provides for the youth to make a decision on their faith. This is a time to ask questions and explore our faith in greater depth. This is the third Sacrament of initiation with Baptism and First Communion. This process invites the youth to make an informed decision, take seriously their commitment to Christ and to the Church and be a true Disciple.
Saint Joseph Parish blesses and honors the institution of marriage and the family with a thorough preparation for a Catholic wedding. Couples should contact the pastor at least six months before the marriage. Instruction is given by clergy and Marriage Sponsor Couples. Couples are also encouraged to participate in the Engaged Encounter offered by the Diocese.
Saint Joseph Parish encourages vocational discernment. We ask for the prayers of our parishioners for those who might be contemplating a religious life. We ask parents to encourage their children if they feel a call to speak with the pastor and to discover if a life of service to Christ in the form of the Religious Life is for them. You can find more information and support form the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Evansville.
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick provides the faithful with spiritual, physical, or emotional healing. It is especially appropriate when a person is seriously ill, facing surgery or near death. Contact the Parish Center office to make arrangements, 812-482-1805.