Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word (CCC 1213).
If you have a child who is ready to receive the Sacrament of Baptism please contact one of the parish priests.
Parents and godparents must attend a baptismal class before the child can be baptized.
The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist (CCC 1322).
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion (CCC 1422).
In addition to scheduled times, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is also offered before Christmas, during Lent and Holy Week, and during other special times in the liturgical year.
The sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (CCC 1285).
Parishioners who have been baptized and have already received First Communion are welcomed to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Parishioners who are above 15years and are yet to receive Baptism or 1st Holy Communion can also join the Confirmation class.
To receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, all candidates must register at the Parish Office and attend all classes.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK:
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ” (CCC 1499).
The parish offers Anointing of the Sick to those who need it at a special Mass. The Sacrament of Anointing is for those who are baptized, have reached the age of reason and begin to be in danger due to sickness or old age. This includes elderly who are weakened, though no notable illness is present; those who are facing surgery due to serious illness; and those who suffer serious mental illness. The Sacrament of Anointing is not for minor illness or discomfort.
In addition to the scheduled Anointing of the Sick, the Sacrament is available in emergencies by calling the Rectory for the priest on duty.
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament” (CCC 1601).
“By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ’s spousal love for the Church.”
Because of the seriousness of the commitment of marriage and its Sacramental nature, couples enter into a period of preparation that begins at least six months usually starting in January and July.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.
Couples wishing to marry must make arrangements with a priest at least one year in advance of the proposed date and prior to the social arrangements.
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
Men receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders when they are ordained as a priest. The call to the priesthood is a sacred and holy one. If you are discerning a call from God to become a priest or deacon, please contact Fr. Campbell.
Women who are called to serve God by taking vows are encouraged to enter Consecrated Life.