What are Sacraments?

The seven sacraments were instituted by Jesus to give grace to mankind. The term “sacrament” is best defined as “an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace”. It has three parts:

  1. An outward sign: Because we are humans, the Lord uses material symbols that we humans can understand and/or perceive. These are the “things” we use (water and oil, words, and gestures) to confer a sacrament.
  2. Instituted by Christ: Jesus ‘created’ the seven sacraments by His actions during His life. After he died on the cross and ascended into heaven, that was the end to the creating of sacraments. We are not Jesus, so we can not create new sacraments.
  3. To give grace: the essential purpose of every sacrament is to give grace.

The Sacraments are divided into three groups:

Christian Initiation

Healing

Vocations

Preparation for all sacraments are scheduled and facilitated by the parish office.

For more information, or for registration forms, please click on the specific Sacrament.

Sacramental Preparation Schedule

Our 2018/2019 Sacramental Prep Schedule is now available! All meetings and sessions will be held in the church.

First Holy Communion & Reconciliation

First Reconciliation

  • Parent Meeting: September 22, 2018, 10 a.m.
  • Sessions: September 29, October 6, 13, & 20, 2018, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Celebrations: October 27 & November 3, 2018

First Holy Communion

  • Sessions: January 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2019, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Celebrations: will be during Eastertime as follows:
       Group 1: April 27, 2019, 5 p.m. Mass
    April 28, 2019, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses
       Group 2: May 4, 2019, 5 p.m. Mass
    May 5, 2019, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses
       Group 3: May 11, 2019, 5 p.m. Mass
    May 12, 2019, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses

Confirmation

The date for Confirmation is still TBA, however the sessions are set for the coming year.

  • Parent Meetings: will be on January 5th and 12th, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Sessions: April 6, 13, & 27, 2019, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Retreat and Rehearsal: May 4, 2019
  • Commitment Ceremony: May 5, 2019 at the 11 a.m. Mass

Becoming Catholic

  The Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults is a process of Christian formation, developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism. Each week the group meets to learn and discuss the Catholic faith. A team of dedicated catechists work with Father John and Sister Mara to ensure our inquirers are educated on all… Continue reading Becoming Catholic

Baptism

Baptism is the first of the three Initiation sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is the door of spiritual life for in it we are made members of Christ and incorporated within the Catholic Church. The Sacrament of Baptism is often called “the door of the Church,” because it is the first of the seven… Continue reading Baptism

Confirmation

The third of the Initiation Sacraments, Confirmation confers special graces of the Holy Spirit upon the person being confirmed/ As with Baptism, it can only be done once. Confirmation increases and deepens all the graces granted at Baptism. As described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there are 5 effects of Confirmation: unites us… Continue reading Confirmation

Communion (Holy Eucharist)

The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist is the second of the Initiation Sacraments. Through the Eucharist we receive God himself in the form of Bread and Wine. Communion is the most central and important of all the sacraments. We believe that the consecrated bread and wine are truly the body and blood, soul and divinity of… Continue reading Communion (Holy Eucharist)

Confession (Reconciliation)

Reconciling ourselves to God is a great source of grace, and we as Catholics are encouraged to take advantage of this sacrament often. For those with children in Grade 2 or who are 7 years of age or older, the sacrament of Reconciliation must be done before they receive their first Communion. If you feel… Continue reading Confession (Reconciliation)

Holy Orders (Ordination)

The Sacrament of Holy Orders or ‘Ordination’ gives a person a sacred power to serve the people of God in the name and authority of Christ through the Holy Spirit. There are three different kinds of ordination: bishop, priest and deacon. In the Roman Catholic church, bishops and priests are obliged to celibacy, to remain unmarried. Married men may be ordained… Continue reading Holy Orders (Ordination)

Marriage

Congratulations on your decision to get married! The institution of marriage is a beautiful vocation, the beginning of family life and a great adventure. The Catholic Church rejoices in your decision to marry and wants to journey with you in your preparations and assist you in growing in your love for each other as well… Continue reading Marriage