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Church of St. Mary of the Assumption 15519 Holmes Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44110

Baptisms

Congratulations! Becoming a parent and raising your child in the Catholic faith is truly a blessing.

Parents who request Baptism for their child are required to take part in a preparation program before the Baptism. Godparents must be practicing Catholics and obtain a sponsor certificate from the parish in which they are registered. Once preparation is complete, your child’s Baptism may be scheduled for a Sunday Liturgy. Parents wishing to have their child Baptised should contact the rectory for instructions.

Parishioners becoming Godparents at churches other than St. Mary should also contact the rectory to obtain a sponsor certificate.

First Communion

What a special time in a child’s life. Children of second grade age who have completed 2 years of Catholic education through a Catholic grade school or through attending Parish School of Religion (PSR) may make First Communion in Spring. Eligible children will go through First Reconciliation and preparation to receive First Eucharist.

If you wish to enroll your child in PSR or inquire about First Communion, please call the rectory and make arrangements to speak with Deacon David Kushner.

Confirmation

Students in the 7th to 12th grade who have continually attended PSR or a Catholic school are eligible to receive Confirmation. Candidates must fully choose to make this commitment to their faith. There is a preparation program in addition to the regular religious education classes. Please call the rectory to learn more.

Adults Catholics who have not been Confirmed may also contact us for information about receiving Confirmation. Please contact the rectory to discuss the Confirmation process. For adults who are not Catholic, but wish to become Catholic, contact Rev. John Kumse at (216) 761-7740 to inquire about Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

Marriages

Couples making a commitment to one another in the eyes of God enter into a sacred bond. We feel honored to help join people together in this holy bond of marriage. Couples planning to marry at St. Mary’s Church must take part in premarriage instruction and must meet with a Clergy member of the parish no later than six months prior to the wedding date. Please do not begin planning events until a church staff member has confirmed your date.

For divorced Catholics seeking remarriage in the church, you must complete a formal Annulment process, which a Clergy member of the parish can help you initiate. Call the rectory for more information.

Anointing of the Sick

Our hearts and prayers go out to all who are in poor health. We would be happy to visit any parishioners who are in nursing homes, hospice, hospital or shut-ins to bring them the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion.

Please call the rectory if you would like a Clergy member to visit.

Funeral Arrangements

The passing of a loved one is a difficult and stressful time. We are so sorry for your loss. St. Mary’s parish is there to help you through the bereavement process.

In order to make the proper arrangements and avoid additional stress, please call the rectory before finalizing funeral plans.

Reconciliation

Please refer to the Mass Times section of the website regarding days and times for receiving the celebration of Reconciliation or contact the rectory to make special arrangements for needs outside of the standard times.