Baptism

The sacrament of Baptism is the beginning of life—spiritual life.

Because of original sin, we come into the world with a soul which is supernaturally dead. We come into the world with only the natural endowments of human nature. The supernatural life which is the result of God’s personal and intimate living within us, is absent from the soul.

Original sin is the absence of something that should be in our souls. It is a darkness where there should be light.

Jesus instituted the sacrament of Baptism to apply to each individual soul the atonement which He made on the Cross for original sin.

Jesus will not force His gift upon us, the gift of supernatural life for which He paid. He holds the gift out to us hopefully, but each of us must freely accept it.

We make that acceptance by receiving the sacrament of Baptism.

When the sacrament of Baptism is administered, original sin disappears as God becomes present in the soul, and the soul is caught up into that sharing of God’s own life which we call sanctifying grace.

Important Dates & Information

1st Sunday of the month–11:30 am, or during Sunday Mass when requested.

Baptism Classes

2nd Thursday of the month
7 pm–Please call 2 weeks prior to register, 412.761.6651

Parents who have not attended a preparation class, or who have not attended a class in the last three years, must do so prior to the baptism of their child.  The ideal time is before the birth of the child takes place.


Reconciliation (Penance)

The peace of mind and soul which this sacrament imparts to us is one for which there is no substitute.

It is a peace that flows from a certainty, rather than from an unsure hope, that our sins have been forgiven and that we are right with God.

The sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament in which the priest, as the agent of God, forgives sins committed after Baptism, when the sinner is heartily sorry for them, sincerely confesses them, and is willing to make satisfaction for them.

By his death on the Cross, Jesus Christ redeemed man from sin and from the consequences of his sin, especially from the eternal death that is sin’s due.

So it is not surprising that on the very day he rose from the dead, Jesus instituted the sacrament by which men’s sins could be forgiven.

Important Dates & Information

Confessions are Saturday–10:30 am or by appointment, 412.761.6651.

First Confession

Preparation for confession is typically part of the 2nd Grade CCD class, prior to First Holy Communion.  It is celebrated during the season of Lent each year.


Communion 

The Holy Eucharist is the greatest of all the sacraments. Baptism of course is the most necessary sacrament; without Baptism we cannot get to heaven. Yet, despite all the wonderful things that Baptism and the other five sacraments accomplish in the soul, they still are but instruments of God for the giving of grace.

But the Holy Eucharist is not merely an instrument for the giving of grace—here is the actual Giver of grace Himself, Jesus Christ our Lord truly and personally present.

It is at the consecration of the Mass that the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist comes into being. It is then that Jesus becomes present under the appearance of bread and wine. As long as the appearances of bread and wine remain, Jesus remains present and the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist continues to there exist.

Important Dates & Information

Individuals who are sick and cannot attend mass can still receive communion.  Please call the parish to make arrangements, 412.761.6651.

First Communion

Preparation for communion is typically part of the 1st and 2nd Grade CCD classes.  Students receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of this process.  First Communion is celebrated during the season of Easter.


Confirmation

There is a close relationship between the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. 

While Confirmation is a distinct and complete sacrament in its own right, its purpose is to perfect in us that which was begun in Baptism. We might say—in a sense—that we are baptized in order to be confirme.

We receive a special grace by which our faith is deepened and strengthened, so that it will be strong enough not only for our own needs but for the needs of others with whom we shall try to share it.

Confirmation is a spiritual “growing up.”

Important Dates & Information

Confirmation is being celebrated with our cluster group (St. Mary’s and Assumption) each Spring for students in grade 8.  For more information, please contact Linda McKenzie, 412.761.6651.

The bishop comes to Sacred Heart Parish every other spring to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation with your young people.

Immediate preparation for this sacrament is given in the year prior to the reception of it.  Those seeking the sacrament of Confirmation are expected to attend CCD from grade 1-8.  They must also be committed to participating in Mass each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.

Adult Confirmation is part of the RCIA.


Matrimony (Marriage) 

Up to the time of Christ, marriage, although a sacred union, was still only a civil contract between a man and a woman.

Jesus, however, took this contract, this exchange of marital consent between man and woman, and made the contract a conveyor of grace. He made marriage a sacrament, the sacrament of Matrimony among Christians. 

Matrimony is defined as “the sacrament by which a baptized man and a baptized woman bind themselves for life in a lawful marriage and receive the grace to discharge their duties.”

Important Dates & Information

Appointments to be made personally 6 months in advance, 412.761.6651.


Holy Orders

The sacrament of Holy Orders creates a priest or a nun. There are two notable ways in which the sacrament of Holy Orders differs from the other sacraments.

One is the fact that Holy Orders can be administered only by a bishop. Only a bishop has the power to ordain priests. An ordinary priest cannot pass his power on to another.

The second way in which Holy Orders differs from other sacraments is that Holy Orders is not received all at once.

When we are baptized, we are completely baptized by the single pouring of water. When we are confirmed, we are completely confirmed in a single ceremony.

Holy Orders, however, is given by degrees, by successive steps.

Like a flower developing from bud to full bloom, so does the sacrament of Holy Orders unfold itself through three stages deacon, priest and bishop.

Important Dates & Information

If you would like to learn more about a calling to the priesthood or becoming a nun, please call the rectory and set an appointment, 412.761.6651.

The following sites also contain helpful information: 

Diocese of Pittsburgh
Spiritan Priests


Anointing of the Sick 

In common with all the sacraments, Anointing of the Sick confers sanctifying grace.

Besides this increase in sanctifying grace, Anointing of the Sick gives its own special sacramental grace.

The primary purpose of the special grace of Anointing of the Sick is to comfort and to strengthen the soul of the sick person.

This is the grace that quiets anxiety and dissipates fear.

It is the grace which enables the sick person to embrace God’s will and to face the possibility of death without apprehension.

It is the grace which gives the soul the strength to face and conquer whatever temptations to doubt, despondency, or even despair may mark Satan’s last effort to seize this soul for himself.

Important Dates & Information

If you or a family member are sick or preparing for an operation, you should receive this sacrament.  Please call the rectory for more information, 412.761.6651.