Sacraments

Members of our parish community both celebrate and mourn together.  Information about the reception of the 7 Sacraments, funerals, liturgical ministries, and mass times can be found below.

What is a Sacrament?

As humans we experience the world through our senses.  We come to know our world through seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting.  Similarly, we experience our God, who is both invisible and untouchable, through sacraments.  While there are many sacramental moments in life, there are seven Sacraments which stand apart from any others: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders.  These are the seven Sacraments instituted by Christ and celebrated by the Church to impart grace to the recipients and equip them to live out the faith.

Sacraments of Initiation:

Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are called the Sacraments of Initiation because through them, individuals are bound to the community and equipped to follow in Christ’s footsteps.

Baptism Confirmation Eucharist

Sacraments of Healing:

Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick are called the Sacraments of Healing because the grace imparted by these Sacraments is for the healing and strengthening of the soul. 

Reconciliation Anointing of the Sick

Sacraments of Commitment:

Marriage and Holy Orders are termed the Sacraments of Commitment because they impart grace for committing to and living out one’s vocation.

Marriage

Holy Orders refers to the ordination of priests and deacons.  If you feel you may have a vocation to the priesthood or diaconate, contact Fr. Bill Kramer at 323-7523 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Funerals:

Our prayers are with those who mourn.  Typically, we receive requests for funerals directly from the funeral home on behalf of the decedent’s family.  The funeral home will help you set the time for the funeral and a time for funeral liturgy planning with a member of our pastoral staff.  However, families should feel free to contact us directly at any time at 937-323-7523 with their questions or concerns.

Liturgical Ministries:

If you would like to get involved with one of the liturgical ministries, click  Liturgical Ministries

Sunday Masses

Saturday: 4:30 p.m. at St. Raphael
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. at St. Joseph
  10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael
  10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph
Holy Days 12:10 p.m. at St. Raphael
  6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph

Daily Masses

Weekdays: 12:10 p.m. at St. Raphael
  (Communion Service on Thursdays)

Request for Sacramental Records:

If you are requesting a copy of a sacramental record for a living person, click Records Request Form

Because of the age and fragile condition of our sacramental books and death records, and because of limited staffing, we are unable to accept requests for genealogy research.  Click Genealogical Research for information on genealogical research.

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