Minster Cluster
48 North Hanover St.
Minster OH 45865
Ph: 419-628-2614

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Sacramental Preparation

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Sacrament of Baptism

Parents of children up to the age of 8 can request Baptism for their child by contacting the rectory. Parents of children age 8 or older (3rd grade or higher) must enroll their child in the RCIA Program for Children. Please contact the St. Augustine/St. Joseph Parish Center to enroll in the RCIA Program for Children.

Preparation Class
Parents are required to attend a baptismal preparation class before their child is baptized, godparents are invited to attend as well. The class is offered on the fourth Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November. You must register no later than the Monday before class. All classes are held at the Parish Center, Minster at 7:30 p.m. To register for the class, call the rectory office.

Schedule Baptism
Baptism is celebrated during the 5:00 pm Saturday Mass and Sunday at 1:00 pm No baptisms are scheduled during Holy Week. Call the rectory office  at 419-628-2614 to schedule.

 


Sacrament of Eucharist

Students enrolled in the Parish School of Religion will receive First Eucharist during their second grade year on the first Sunday of May. The Mass begins at 2 pm. Parents of children (up to the age of 8 including those in 2nd grade) not enrolled in the Parish School of Religion must contact the pastor to make arrangements for the reception of the Sacrament of First Eucharist. Children in 3rd grade or higher must enroll in the RCIA Program for Children to receive this Sacrament. Please contact the St. Augustine/St. Joseph Parish Center to enroll in the RCIA Program for Children.


Sacrament of Confirmation

Students enrolled in the Parish School of Religion will receive Confirmation during their sophomore year. Parents of children not enrolled in the Parish School of Religion must contact the pastor to make arrangements for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Students in 8th grade or higher must enroll in the RCIA program to receive this Sacrament. Children Please contact the St. Augustine/St. Joseph Parish Center to enroll in the RCIA program.


Sacrament of Reconciliation at St Augustine Church

Saturday: 4:00 – 4:30 pm (before First Friday)
Wednesday: 3:30 pm (before First Friday)

Students enrolled in the Parish School of Religion will receive First Reconciliation during their second grade year on the first Wednesday of December. The service begins at 7 pm. Parents/guardians are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this service. Parents of children (up to the age of 8 including those in 2nd grade) not enrolled in the Parish School of Religion must contact the pastor to make arrangements for the reception of the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. Children in 3rd grade or higher must enroll in the RCIA Program for Children to receive this Sacrament. Please contact the St. Augustine/St. Joseph Parish Center to enroll in the RCIA Program for Children.


Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Those parishioners weakened by age, afflicted by a serious illness or preparing for a serious operation should receive this sacrament.  There are two Masses offered per year - one in the spring, one in the fall. Call the rectory office for arrangements.


Sacrament of Marriage

Congratulations on your engagement! The Archdiocese of Cincinnati requires engaged couples to attend a premarital preparation program. Couples must call Hal Belcher at 419-305-5486 at least six months in advance of a wedding date to enroll in program. A tentative date can be set after the first appointment, but will become final only after marriage preparation is completed.

 


Sacrament of Holy Orders

In November of 1995, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops unanimously approved a three year national strategy for vocations which they titled, " Future Full of Hope". The plan became effective January 1, 1996. One of the goals of the strategy plan is to "encourage parish communities and their individual members to accept responsibility for encouraging and calling forth vocations" to the priesthood and religious life. We at St. Augustine/St Joseph not only accept this responsibility, but promote all activities toward that goal.

If you personally should be interested in knowing more about the Priesthood or Religious life, or if you know a person, please contact our Pastor, Fr. Rick Nieberding, CPPS at 419-628-2614. You may also contact the Missionaries of the Precious Blood Vocation Office, Fr Vince Wertner at 937-228-6224 or the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Vocation Office, Fr Kyle Schnippel at 513-421-3131.


Vocations

Men interested in entering the religious life as a Brother of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood should contact Fr Vince Wertner, CPPS at 937-228-6224.
Women interested in entering religious life as a Sister of the Precious Blood should contact Sr Mary Florence Siefert, CPPS at 937-837-3302.

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St Augustine/St Joseph Parish Community located in Minster, Ohio and Egypt, Ohio would like to extend a hearty welcome to all families and individuals moving into our parish. The Mission of St Augustine/St Joseph Catholic Church is to provide an adequate and appropriate environment and resources where people may gather to hear the Word proclaimed. As a cluster, we celebrate the Eucharist, the sacraments, and provide the members of all ages the opportunity to grow in the practice of their faith, learning how to fully keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor.