SacramentsInformation and online registration
Baptisms take place at each of our churches on the last Sunday of the month. In preparation for your child’s baptism, we have a gathering on the Tuesday evening prior to the baptism. We have baptism teams in place that assist with this sacrament and we are always happy to welcome newcomers to this ministry.
Baptism Online Request Form
First Communion & First Reconciliation
The Sacrament of First Communion celebrates the reception of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord for the first time, who seeks to dwell always in our hearts. The regular reception of this sacrament strengthens our bond with Christ and the community that gathers each weekend. The Sacrament of Reconciliation has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others. Preparation to receive both the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist begins in the fall. Registration information will be in the weekly bulletin and communicated through our affiliated schools. Sacramental preparation begins with a parent information session. The parish works closely with our families and schools in preparing the children for the sacraments.
The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the graces and the blessings of the Holy Spirit received at Baptism. Through Confirmation one is strengthened anew by the Spirit so that one can live out the Christian life more fully. The normative time for parishioners to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is in grade eight. Sacramental preparation begins with a parent information session. The parish works closely with our families and schools in preparing the children for the sacraments. Preparation for 2015/2016 has already begun.
The Sacrament of Marriage is a vocation of love, unity and self-sacrifice. This most wonderful sacrament is a powerful sign and symbol of the love God has for each of us. We treasure and value the gift of marriage and wish to celebrate it with great joy and faith. Those couples seeking marriage at the parish are asked to contact the parish office at least six months prior to the marriage. The Roman Catholic Church asks that all sacramental marriages (of two baptized persons) take place in the sacred space of the church; that the couple has some marriage preparation; and that the marriage be celebrated before the Church’s representative. Destination and such weddings, without the blessing of the Church, are not considered a Sacrament and need to be convalidated so that you may continue to share in the Sacraments of the Church. When you begin planning your wedding, please take time to speak to your priest to help you celebrate your marriage in the graces of God and the Church. Preparation includes meeting with the priest (or deacon) who will be presiding at the celebration, in addition to a Marriage Preparation Course.
As Christ called his apostles to “Come follow me …I will make you fishers of men” so, too, Christ calls us. The word vocation comes from the Latin word “vocare” which means “to call.” Our true vocation does not come from the world, but rather, it is an invitation directly from God. Through Baptism, God calls each of us to live and follow Him in holiness through love of God and neighbour. Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The sacred rite by which orders are conferred is called ordination. The apostles were ordained by Jesus at the Last Supper so that others could share in his priesthood. Holy Orders, which was instituted by Christ himself, is administered by the laying on of hands by the Bishop, through which the priest is given the power to serve the Church through his preaching, teaching and celebration of the Sacraments. Might God be calling you? If you are a Catholic man or woman who believe you might have a calling to the consecrated life as a religious brother or sister, please explore our vocations page or contact the parish office.
Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of anointing is intended for those baptized Catholics whose health is seriously impaired by sickness (in body, mind or spirit) or old age. The Sacrament of the Sick begins deep in the history of the Church with St. James’ community. The early Church leaders felt they could only offer this sacrament once in a person’s life. People unfortunately waited to ask for the Sacrament until they were very ill or dying. Many still have this idea today. We ask you to be open to this sacrament to bring about deeper healing and peace. You may ask for this sacrament before you enter the hospital, before surgery, in confusion, or duress. As death nears it is best to ask a priest to anoint the person while they are still conscious, able to share in the prayers, and are able to receive the Eucharist – our Bread for the journey. It is most comforting when the family is gathered with their loved one in prayer for the Sacrament of the Sick. Contact the Parish Office to make arrangements for this sacrament.
RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation Program
Not yet baptized, or baptized in another denomination? This program is specially designed for adults (or children) to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.