Sacramental Life


Baptisms
The Catholic Church teaches that Catholic parents should have their children baptized within the first few weeks after the child is born. Therefore, parents are urged to contact the rectory three months before the birth of their child to discuss Baptism. First-time parents are required to attend a one-time instructional session which, it is hoped, will give them an even greater appreciation of this Sacrament and which will present them with suggestions on how to pass on the beliefs and values of the Catholic Church to their children. Please call the parish office, 859-654-8241, to schedule a Baptism.

Weddings
St. Francis Xavier Parish welcomes you for the celebration of your marriage in our Church. As a Catholic Parish, St. Francis Xavier follows the teachings of the Church concerning the Sacrament of Matrimony. The parish is bound by the laws of marriage established by the Catholic Church for the whole world and by laws and guidelines established by the Bishop of Covington. The Diocese of Covington requires all couples wishing to marry into the Catholic Church to notify the parish in which they wish to celebrate their wedding at least nine to twelve months in advance of the hoped-for date. This is so that the parish may provide the couple with proper preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament. We realize that there are circumstances in which exceptions to this general rule must be considered. Please feel free to discuss this with the Pastor. To check on the availability of the Church and to set up a time to begin preparations with the priest, please call the parish office, 859-654-8241.

Funerals
The death of a loved one is always a time of grief even as we are consoled by our faith. The parish shares in the loss of one of our members and joins you in prayer for the repose of the soul of the departed. Typically, the funeral home will contact the Church to set a day/time for the funeral Mass and will also provide the parish with the name of the family contact. The parish will then call the family to set up a time to plan the liturgy. If you have questions, you may call the parish office, 859-654-8241.

Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered weekly on Tuesdays from 5:15pm to 6:15pm and Saturdays from 3:00pm to 3:45pm, as well as by appointment. This sacrament wields the power of forgiveness and mercy entrusted by Christ to His Church so to repair the damage caused by sin.

Anointing of the Sick/Viaticum
When being faced with serious illness or treatment, one can feel isolated and concerned about what may come. Jesus provides His Church with a sacrament for these scenarios—a sacrament of healing in the form of Anointing of the Sick. If you or someone you know are facing serious illness or surgery, contact the parish to arrange to receive Anointing of the Sick. Many wait until the final moments of life, but the effects of this sacrament are beneficial when received earlier.

Holy Orders
Christ promised He would send shepherds to care for His Church and has never failed on that promise. He calls men to consider discerning a vocation to the priesthood. It is a life of service to the bride of Christ, the Church. If you or someone you know would like to know more about vocational discernment, contact Fr. Britton at the parish office, 859-654-8241.