The sacramental rites were instituted by Christ. Each offers an outward sign of an inward grace. They are part of what calls us together as a church and to a life where devotion, grace and holiness reside.
Baptism is considered the first sacrament which opens the door to spiritual life. Baptisms are arranged through our parish office on a regular basis on Sundays after Mass.
“And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name” Acts 22:16
First Communion is when we receive the Eucharist for the first time. The Holy Eucharist is the heart of the Christian faith and Church. Pope Francis has called it the “Sacrament of Love”. Along with Baptism and Confirmation, the First Communion is one of the three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments that we become full members of the Church.
"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.'" John 6:35
Confirmation builds on the sacraments of Baptism and First Communion, completing the process of initiation into the Catholic community. During the sacrament of Confirmation, we are blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. We receive a divine grace that helps our Christian life and faith grow, deepen and strengthen.
"And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them;" Acts 19:6
Reconciliation offers us spiritual healing - the opportunity to express contrition for our sins and restore peace of mind and heart - knowing that our sins have been forgiven. Confession invites us to become "right with God".
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” John 1:9
Marriage is the beginning of a family life for new couples. A preparation course with our Deacon is required before marriage.
This can be arranged through our parish office.
“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2
Sacrament of the Sick is offered as a means of spiritual strength during illness, especially near the time of death. Through this sacrament we receive forgiveness for our sins and comfort in our suffering. It is often the last sacrament received.
“Are there any sick among you? Then let them send for the priests and let the priest pray over them, anointing them with oil” James 4:14
Funerals can be arranged by contacting the parish office. The Catholic Church seeks to officiate at funerals for the benefit of the soul of the deceased and also to provide condolence and comfort for family and friends in their time of need.
“And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life.” 1 John 2:25
Holy Orders. Those who are called to be priests, serving the spiritual needs of others in the person of Christ, are ordained by a bishop through the Rite of Ordination. There are three levels of participation in the Sacrament of Holy Orders: as bishop, priest and deacon. Holy Orders ensures there are those present to adminster the sacred rites of the Church to God's people.
"Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.'" John 20:21