BAPTISMChrist Himself ordered His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations and to baptize those who accept the message of the Gospel. In His encounter with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21), Christ made it clear that baptism was necessary for salvation: "Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." For Catholics, the sacrament is not a mere formality; it is the very mark of a Christian, because it brings us into new life in Christ. The essentials of this Sacrament are two: the pouring of water over the head of the person to be baptized (or the immersion of the person in water); and the words "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
HOLY EUCHARISTIn Holy Communion, we are eating the True Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, without which "you shall not have life in you" (John 6:53). Even though we are required to receive Communion at least once per year (our Easter Duty), and the Church urges us to receive Communion frequently (even daily, if possible), it is called a sacrament of initiation because, like Baptism and Confirmation, it brings us into the fullness of our life in Christ. Because of the intimate connection of the Sacrament of Holy Communion to our life in Christ, we must be free of any grave or mortal sin before receiving it, as St. Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29. Otherwise, as he warns, we receive the sacrament unworthily, and we "eateth and drinketh damnation" to ourselves.
THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS - Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Confession, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Annointing of the Sick.
CONFIRMATIONThe Sacrament of Confirmation confers special graces of the Holy Spirit upon the person being confirmed, just as such graces were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are are sealed to the confirmand; wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (or courage), knowledge, piety, and fear (awe) of the Lord. The essential element, however, is the anointing of the confirmand (the person being confirmed) with chrism (an aromatic oil that has been consecrated by a bishop), accompanied by the words "Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit". This seal is a consecration, representing the safeguarding by the Holy Spirit of the graces conferred on the Christian at Baptism.
CONFESSION (PENANCE)On Easter Sunday, when Christ first appeared to the apostles after his Resurrection, He breathed on them, saying: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23). When we sin, we deprive ourselves of God’s grace. In the Sacrament of Confession, grace can be restored to our souls, and we can once again resist sin. We hear Christ's words in the 'first person', "I absolve you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." What Is Required?: Three things are required of a penitent in order to receive the sacrament worthily: 1) He must be contrite—or, in other words, sorry for his sins. 2) He must confess those sins fully, in kind and in number. 3) He must be willing to do penance and make amends for his sins.
MATRIMONY (MARRIAGE)Marriage was instituted by God the Father, a gift to all mankind. At its most basic level, marriage is a union between a man and a woman. A covenant exists between God and the man and woman. The two become one flesh under God. Marriage between the man and the woman is sanctified and becomes indisolvable when the married couple consumates with the maritial act. The priest is not the one that ‘marries’ the couple - they marry themselves and have the priest and all of us as witnesses. This is the ‘matter’ of the sacrament. The form of the sacrament of matrimony of course are the vows. There is no divorce in the Catholic Church. However, if a couple is divorced civially, there can be application made for an annulment. If the man and/or the woman had not fully participated in the vows that were exchanged, and withheld truths, or made conditions, then there may be grounds that the either of them did not enter in a covenant of marriage.
HOLY ORDERSThe Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles (men); thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as "the sacrament of apostolic ministry." 'Ordination' comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate someone into an order. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ, at one of three levels: the episcopate, the priesthood, or the diaconate. Priests are 'In Persona Christi', or In the Person of Christ'. The ordained offer their lives to Christ for all mankind, fulfilling the duties to the Body of Christ (you and me) ensuring that the are readily making available the Sacraments and participating and sharing in the eternal priesthood of Christ. While all believers are, in some sense, the royal priesthood, some are set aside to serve the Church as Christ Himself did.
ANNOINTING OF THE SICKTraditionally referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was previously most commonly administered to the dying, for the remission of sins and the provision of spiritual strength and health. In modern times, however, its use has been expanded to all who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, and the Church stresses a secondary effect of the sacrament: to help a person recover his health. Like Confession and Holy Communion, to which it is closely linked, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be repeated as often as is necessary. The essential rite of the sacrament consists in the priest laying hands on the sick, anointing him with blessed oil (usually olive oil blessed by a bishop, but in an emergency, any vegetable oil will suffice), and praying "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."
REGISTER THROUGH SCHOOL NOTICESAnnual classes that will begin again this fall for those children who families live within our parish boundaries or who are registered with our parish.Children aged 7 or who are in Grade 2Sacraments of 1st CONFESSION / FIRST EUCHARISTChildren aged 12 or who are in Grade 7Sacrament of CONFIRMATIONInformation/Registration forms are available at the Parish Office or at our Local Catholic Elementary Schools of Arnprior
CONTACT USPlease contact the parish office in order to present yourselves for the Sacrament of Marriage. You will be given the full timetable and all conditions that our pastor will desire are fulfilled before you set your date.For the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact the parish office to arrange instruction/ preparation, and a date to be set aside.