Sacraments and Ceremonies

Sacraments

Outward Signs of God's Presence with Us

Baptism 
Through the Sacraments of Baptism the same dynamic unfolds in the Church today. Parents who themselves have encountered Christ through the Catholic Church and the Sacraments desire the same for their children. Baptism is the foundational sacrament that provides the sacred context whereby our Lord receives a child with great joy, embraces that child and offers him every love and grace He has to give.

Baptisms are celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month at Saint Winifred Church and the second and fourth Sundays of each month at Saint Anne Church, or by appointment. A Pre-Baptism class is required, and is offered bi-monthly throughout the year. Upcoming classes are scheduled for:​
  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 5:30pm, in the DePalma Room at Saint Anne Church
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 5:30pm, in the DePalma Room at Saint Anne Church
To register for a Baptism Preparation class, please contact the Parish Office at (412) 531-5964. 

First Reconciliation
Reconciliation is a sign of God's divine mercy for us. 2nd Grade Students will have an opportunity to make their first reconciliation on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:30pm in Saint Anne Church (snow make-up date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6:30pm in Saint Anne Church). 

Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at Saint Anne Church every Saturday following the 8:00 a.m. Mass and from 11:00-11:45 a.m.; also on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at Saint Winifred Church every Saturday from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Additional opportunities for the Sacrament are scheduled during Advent and Lenten seasons.

Holy Eucharist
The Faith Formation Program coordinates sacramental preparation within the parish for First Eucharist celebration. Children must be enrolled in Religious Education either through the school or parish program for First Communion preparation. 

The first reception of the Blessed Sacrament is a beautiful moment for our 2nd Grade Students. First Holy Communion Mass will be offered on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 12pm in Saint Anne Church. In order to adequately prepare for this sacrament, we are asking that students attend a First Holy Communion Retreat on Sunday, April 18, 2021 beginning with Mass at 11:30am in Saint Winifred Church and continuing with a brief lunch and prayer session in Benedict Hall immediately following. First Holy Communion Rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6pm in Saint Anne Church

For more information, please contact: Emma Oros, Director of Elementary Faith Formation at (412) 563-1414 or by email at emmaoros@stpaulofthecross.com

Confirmation at Saint Anne Church
Confirmation
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (#1316) Confirmation takes place in the fall of 9th grade. All home-schooled and public and parochial school students who have not been confirmed should contact the Faith Formation Office. For adults, confirmation takes place as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and interested candidates should connect with the Parish Office or the Faith Formation Office to inquire. 

Confirmation ceremonies are scheduled through the Bishop's office a few months in advance. Please check back for important sacramental dates. 

Matrimony
Weddings are scheduled on Saturdays at 1:30pm. The prospective bride and groom are asked to make arrangements at least six months prior to the wedding date. All couples are expected to take a Pre-Marriage (Pre-Cana) Preparation Program held annually on the first weekend of March. Please contact our Faith Formation Office for information and to register. Please see below for guidelines regarding wedding planning in our parish grouping. 

Holy Orders
In our times, Jesus still calls men to share in His priesthood for the salvation of souls. This call, or vocation, to the priesthood is discerned by the Church. As Jesus summoned the apostles for a special time of instruction and formation before they were send out, the Church now has seminaries where men preparing for the priesthood study and receive priestly formation.

The successors to the apostles are the bishops. Bishops have the fullness of the priesthood, and it is only the bishop who can ordain men to the priesthood or diaconate. The parish priest represents the bishop in his parish community.

Because of the needs of the Christian community, the apostles summoned certain men to be deacons (cf. Acts 6). Deacons continue to fulfill an integral role in the life of the Church through their assistance at the liturgy and in the charitable works of the Church.

If you feel you might be called to the Priesthood, please visit the web site: www.pghpriest.com

Anointing of the Sick
Celebrated annually during Mass for anyone who is seriously ill (physically or mentally), those facing serious surgery, those in chronic pain, and the elderly. This sacrament may also be celebrated individually (any time of the year) by calling the parish priest. If you would like to register for our annual Anointing Mass or if you know of someone in need of anointing, please contact the Parish Office at (412) 531-5964. In the event of an emergency outside of regularly scheduled office hours, you may contact an on-call priest by dialing (412) 572-3026. 

Ceremonies

Funeral Mass
When a loved one dies, it is appropriate to have a Funeral Mass for the repose of his or her soul. Please complete a Liturgy Planning Guide and corresponding Worksheet to assist in planning your loved one's Funeral Mass. Please contact our Sacristan, Mary Weaver, with questions at (724) 814-2077. 

Matrimony Ceremony Planning
Click here for our Wedding Planning Guidelines booklet used throughout our parish grouping. Should you have additional questions, please contact the Parish Office at (412) 531-5964 to inquire or schedule an appointment with a priest to plan your ceremony.