Sacraments

Picture: Baby being baptized

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28.19-20).

Baptism is:
• is a response to God’s gift of faith
• is a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world
• is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation
• is the basis of the Christian life
• is a new birth into a life in the Spirit

The Effects of Baptism:
• unites one to Christ as a disciple
• gives a new life by rebirth in the life of the Spirit
• confers the forgiveness of sins
• makes one a son or daughter of God
• incorporates a person into the Church as a member of the Body of Christ,
• gives a share...

Picture: Communion waffer

Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; . . . he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and . . . abides in me, and I in him” ( John 6.51, 54, 56).

The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, art. 1407) At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should...

Picture: Confessional booth

"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1.5) "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 labours for their conversion." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1422) The Sacrament of Penance is celebrated on Saturdays from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm, on Tuesdays and Fridays  from 9:00 am to 9:20 am and Thursdays from 5:00 tp 5:20 pm when there are no funerals scheduled. In Advent and Lent addition celebrations are held with several priests.

Picture: Person being confirmed to the church

“Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8.14-17).

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, 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. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, art. 1316)

Confirmation is celebrated in...

Picture: Exchanging of rings

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one. This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church.” (Letter of Paul to the Ephesians 5:25,32)

The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, art. 1660)

All couples contemplating matrimony...

“Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and hope of the just. The Mass, the memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral” (OCF, 5).

The celebration of the Funeral Mass is highly encouraged for every deceased Catholic. The celebration of the Eucharist is not possible if a priest is unavailable, or if the Funeral occurs between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday or on a Sunday or on a Holy Day of Obligation. In these cases a Mass is scheduled at another, convenient time (OCF, 296). If, due to extraordinary circumstances, families do not wish to have a Mass, they should consult with the parish priest before making arrangements with...