Sacramental Preparation The whole of Christian life is a journey marked by the liturgy and the sacraments. The reception of these sacraments commits us to live a liturgical life, which is not simply about attending Sunday Mass. Each day is meant to be a an embodiment of christian charity and sacramental grace. Every day life challenges require us to practice our faith as we learn it through the liturgy. As we grow in our Catholic faith, we prepare for and receive the Sacraments through special preparation for each. Preparation for the First Eucharist, First Reconciliation, Confirmation, RCIA or RCIA Adapted for Children takes place in early fall and continues through the school system. You may register at the parish office. For more information contact Jennifer at 403-381-8891 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baptism The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship in Jesus Christ, it is simply the basis of the whole Christian life. The Sacrament of Baptism welcomes adults, children or newborn into the Catholic Church. First Eucharist The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”The other sacraments are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself. It is the same Christ, really present under the species of bread and wine, who is the offering of the Eucharistic sacrifice. As with all Sacraments, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist invites our participation. As such, we must prepare ourselves for this Sacrament. First Communion is offered to children in grade 2 or above. This program consists of workshops for the parent and child together, along with a retreat.
First Reconciliation Catholics celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation because we recognise that sometimes we fail to do as we ought and because we believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness. The priest can help you and you can trust the Holy Spirit to guide you. One who desires to obtain reconciliation with God and with the Church, must confess to a priest all the unconfessed grave sins he remembers after having carefully examined his conscience. This confession of venial faults, without being necessary itself, is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. First Confession is offered to children in grade 2 or above. This program consists of workshops for the parent and child together, as well as a retreat.
Confirmation Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace. It is the Sacrament which give the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine affiliation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian’s soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one’s life. Confirmation is offered to children in grade 6 or above. The qualify, the child must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist, and First Reconciliation. The sessions involve the Confirmation candidate, the parents, the pastoral staff and diverse parish catechists.
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RCIA- Adult or Child Non-baptized adults (catechumens) and baptized Christians (candidates) are invited to these sessions that will prepare them for sacramental initiation into the Catholic Church. All are welcome! If you have children 7 years of age or older who have not been baptized, they are may prepare for sacramental initiation into the Catholic Church. The RCIA process is set up to guide families through this journey.
Anointing of the Sick Only priests (presbyters and bishops) can give the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, using oil blessed by the bishop, or if necessary by the celebrating presbyter himself. The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil – pressed from olives or from other plants – saying, only once: “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 sin save you and raise you up.” Please call the parish office you or someone you know is in need of this sacrament. Funeral Funerals and Memorial Masses are arranged through our parish office.