1385 West 6th Street
Jasper, Indiana 47546
812.482.4461
Precious Blood Church title.  All are welcome in this place.
Pastor - Father Gary Kaiser

Liturgy refers to our celebration of the Mass and sacraments and is the heart and soul of our parish life. As a parish we join together to worship God in prayer. Then, from the strength we receive in prayer, we praise God in all we do.

The major weekly celebrations of the Eucharist (the Mass) take place on Saturday evening at 4:00 pm and on Sunday morning at 8:00 am and 10:30 am

Infant baptisms normally take place on Saturday or Sunday, either during or after Mass. Other times can be arranged at the discretion of the pastor or deacon.

Parents who are having their first child baptized here at Precious Blood are asked to participate in baptismal preparation by contacting the parish office. To schedule a baptism for your baby or young child, contact the parish office.

Adults who feel called to join our Catholic faith are encouraged to participate in the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults.  This process, better known as the R.C.I.A., consists of sessions of inquiry, catechumanate, and mystagogy. 

The Inquiry sessions are held year round @ 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday each month.  Inquiry is designed to help interested individuals become more aware of the beliefs and practices of the faith.  There is no pressure for a commitment to join the faith.  All are welcomed to participate as much or as little as they prefer.

After one inquires and discerns that they are ready to move into a deeper discussion of  the faith, the individual will start meeting weekly with a team of individuals who will discuss in more detail our faith traditions and practices using prayer and scripture.  The individual has now entered into what we call the catechumanate. 

Once the individual has made a firm commitment to join the Catholic faith, they enter into full communion with the Church through the sacraments of Baptism (if one has not been baptized in a Trinitarian tradition), Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Holy Saturday Vigil. After receiving the sacraments of initiation, the neophytes (newly initiated) individuals meet weekly to grasp the paschal mystery and discover how to make it a part of their daily life.  As the neophytes begin to strengthen their walk in the Catholic faith, all are encouraged to discern what ministry in our parish family they feel called to serve. This is called the period of Mystagogy.

First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring of each year with children who are ready to receive the sacrament. Parents/Guardians discern the readiness of their children by considering the following:

  • Does the individual attend Mass weekly/holy days?
  • Does the individual know the Sign of the Cross, Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Doxology, and Act of Contrition prayer and meal prayers?
  • Does the individual give of his/her time, talent and treasure? (age appropriately)

 When the parents feel that their child is ready to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist, we encourage the family to take part in our sacramental preparation for the sacrament of the Eucharist.  Preparation takes place in the classroom at Precious Blood.

A weekend is set aside for the children to celebrate the sacrament together; a family may choose to present their child for First Eucharist at any time.

Young people in the Diocese of Evansville are required to be at least 16 years of age to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.  Here at Precious Blood, discernment for the sacrament of Confirmation begins in the second school semester of their eighth grade year.  Discernment includes the following considerations:

  • Does the individual follow the precepts of the Catholic Church?
  • Does the individual give of his/her time talent and treasure? (age appropriately)
  • Is the individual knowledgeable of the prayers and works that are held sacred to the Catholic Church? (Sign of the Cross, The Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, Doxology, An Act of Contrition, meal prayers, Corporal Works of Mercy, Spiritual Works of Mercy, Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit, Holy Days of Obligation,  The 10 Commandments, Beatitudes, Precepts of the Catholic Church.)

Bishop Charles Thompson, Bishop of the Diocese of Evansville, IN, has requested that the students attend all Wednesday evening faith formation sessions throughout high school when considering the sacrament of Confirmation.  According to the Bishop this is part of their service while in high school. “Faith formation is not something that someone graduates after confirmation.  It is a lifelong commitment.”

 Students will also have the opportunity to participate in different retreat experiences.
Eighth grade students attend the Confirmation Spectacular. Freshmen are encouraged to attend the Source and Summit retreat that is also held during the month of February in Evansville, IN, and a Teens Encounter Christ (TEC)weekend their Junior or Senior year of high school.

Catechesis does not stop after you receive the sacrament of Confirmation.  The precept of the Catholic Church clearly states to study Catholic teaching throughout one’s life, especially in preparing for sacraments.

Confirmation and Faith Formation registration form for Confirmation candidates

The sacrament of Reconciliation is offered by appointment by contacting the pastor. Communal reconciliation services are offered at select churches in the deanery during Advent and Lent.  Times and locations are announced in the Sunday bulletin. You may view the weekly bulletin by going to the website www.preciousbloodjasperin.org.   Click on Parish Communication.

First Reconciliation is celebrated with children who are ready to receive the sacrament.  Parents/Guardians discern their child’s readiness by considering the following: 

  • Does the individual understand right from wrong?
  • Does the individual attend Mass weekly/holy days?
  • Does the individual recognize the Sign of the Cross, Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Doxology, and Act of Contrition prayer and meal prayers?
  • Does the individual give of his/her time, talent and treasure? (age appropriately)

Catechesis for all of our sacred moments starts at Baptismal preparation.  During Baptismal preparation, parents are prepared to lead their children in a sacramental way of life. When the child reaches the age of reason, and the parents feel that their child is ready to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation we encourage the family to take part in our sacramental preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation. For the parents, we offer informational sessions for the sacrament of Reconciliation.