Becoming Catholic

A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three Sacraments of Christian initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist. A person who is baptized in the Catholic Church becomes a Catholic at that moment. Their initiation is deepened later through the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation, but one […]

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Baptism

Baptism (from the Greek work baptisma, a “dipping”) is the sacrament in which, by water and the power of the Holy Spirit, a person is cleansed of all sin, including original sin, and experiences birth into the new life of Christ. Pouring of water (or immersion) Words: “I baptize you in the name of the […]

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The Church Teaches

The first Sacrament of Initiation by which we are freed from all sin and are endowed with the gift of divine life, are made members of the Church, and are called to holiness and mission.
-United States Catholic Catechism of Adults

Baptism Requirements
  • All parents who are having a child baptized for the first time need to attend a baptism class. These classes are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM in Meeting Room B.
  • All baptisms must be scheduled through the Parish Office. We request that you contact us at least two weeks prior to the date you are requesting.
  • After contacting the Parish Office, complete this form and submit it the office. Baptism Preliminary Form – Revised 1-2021
  • Baptisms are performed most Sundays at 1 PM.

Reconciliation

Reconciliation (or penance, confession) is the sacrament in which sins committed after baptism are confessed after an examination of conscience and forgiven by a priest in the name of Christ. Verbal confession of sins Words: “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy […]

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What the Church Teaches

Sacrament of Penance, also known as the Sacrament of Confession, Reconciliation, Conversion, and Forgiveness, this is the Sacrament in which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven. It results in reconciliation with God and the Church.
-United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Reconciliation at St. Joseph Church

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 PM and Saturdays before and after the 8:30 AM Mass and between 3-4 PM, unless there is a 3 PM wedding that day, in Church.

Eucharist

Eucharist (from the Greek word eucharistia, “thankfulness”) is the sacrament in which the true Body and Blood of Christ, who is truly and substantially present under the appearance of bread and wine is received in holy Communion. Bread and wine Words of Institution: “This is my body…This is my blood.” Luke 22:19

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What The Church Teaches

During the celebration of the Mass, by the power of the Holy Spirit and the proclamation of Jesus’ words by the priest, the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ, which is offered in an unbloody manner in sacrifice for us and in praise to the Father. The assembly actively participes by prayers, hymns, psalms, responses, and an inner self-offering along with Christ to the Father. All who are properly prepared can receive Holy Communion, by which Jesus gradually transforms the receivers into himself and which leads them to Gospel witness in the world.
-United State Catholic Catechism for Adults

Preparation for 1st Communion

Children receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time during their 2nd grade year. Preparation for the reception of the Eucharist takes place through religious education in both the parish school and the Parish School of Religion.

If you are an adult who was baptized but didn’t receive your 1st Communion, please reach out to Vicki Klocke, our Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA for more information at 859-927-2291 or by email at vklocke@stjoeparish.net.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacrament in which the baptized are strengthened by the Holy Spirit in order to bear witness to Christ and prepare to take on the role of a disciple. Laying on of hands and anointing of chrism. Words: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 8:14-16a, 17

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What The Church Teaches

This is a Sacrament of Initiation in which the bishop or a delegated priest confers Confirmation through the anointing with chrism on the recipient’s forehead, which is done by the laying on of the hand, while saying, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seals and confirms the baptized in union with Christ and calls them to greater participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church.
-United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Confirmation at St. Joseph

The Sacrament of Confirmation is received in the 8th grade year at St. Joseph. Preparation for this Sacrament is done through religious education in both our parish school and Parish School of Religion. Students who are not enrolled in a Catholic elementary school or who are enrolled in Covington Catholic High School or Villa Madonna, should reach out to Steven Fischer, our Coordinator of Religious Education at sfischer@stjoeparish.net or 859-240-8207 for more information on enrolling your child.

If you are an adult who was baptized but never received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Vicki Klocke, our Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA at vklocke@stjoeparish.net or 859-927-2291 for more information.

Matrimony

The sacrament of Marriage signifies the union and love that exist between Christ and the Church. It is a faithful covenant in which a man and a woman unite in such a way that, by forming “one flesh”, they can transmit human life. As spouses and parents, men and women cooperate in a unique way […]

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What The Church Teaches

“The matrimonial covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”
-United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Getting Married at St. Joseph Church

-Please contact the Parish Office at least 6 months in advance of your requested wedding date.
-No wedding dates will be set without first consulting with a parish priest.
-Weddings can be held on Friday evenings, and Saturdays at 3 PM (or earlier, if requested) or 7 PM.
-If you are interested in renting any of parish spaces for your wedding day, please visit our rentals page for more information on what is available and rates.
-The Diocese of Covington has certain requirements that must be met in order to be married in a Diocesan parish. Please visit the website for the Office of Family Life Ministry for more information on these requirements.

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament in which those who are ill are anointed to impart spiritual strength and physical healing. Anointing with oil. Words: ” Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who frees you from […]

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What The Church Teaches

This Saceament of healing is ficen to a person who is seriously ill or in danger of death due to sickness or old age. Elderly people may be anointed if they are in a weak condition though no dangerous illness is present.
-United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Anointing of the Sick at St. Joseph

Anointing of the sick can be arranged with Msgr. Gerry Reinersman (Pastor) or Fr. Samuel Owusu (Parochial Vicar) by contacting the Parish Office at 859-441-1604.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament in which a bishop confers on a baptized man the grace of the Holy Spirit and sacred power for the service of the faithful. It can be administered in three forms: deacon, priest and bishop. Laying on of hands Prayer of consecration Deacon: 1 Timothy 3:8a-9, 13 Priest: Acts 14:23 […]

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What The Church Teaches

The Sacrament in which a bishop ordains a man to be conformed to Jesus Christ by grace, to service and leadership in the Church. A man can be ordained a deacon, priest, or bishop. Through this Sacrament, the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exervised in the Church. This Sacrament confers a permanent mark or character on the one who receives it.
-United State Catholic Catechism for Adults

Vocations in the Diocese of Covington

Please visit the website for the Office of Vocations in the Diocese of Covington for more information about discerning a vocation to the priesthood. You can also contact Fr. Conor Kunath, Director of Priestly Vocations for the Diocese directly at 859-392-1566 or by email at CKunath@covdio.org

We, St. Joseph Catholic Church,
strive to be a dynamic, Catholic faith community, following the example of Jesus Christ