As a Catholic community, Mary, Mother of the Church gladly offers all sacraments to members of the congregation. Whether you are looking to raise your child in the way of the Lord, or you’re an adult seeking to join God’s family, all are welcome. Each sacrament comes with its own process which requires weeks of preparation. However, our parish priest and volunteer members of our congregation are always available to help you through it.
To express your interest in any of these important milestones in a Catholic’s life, do not hesitate to contact the Mary, Mother of the Church Presbytery during its office hours, or fill out the contact form and our parish secretary will respond as soon as possible.
“For all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3: 27)
Baptism is the spirital rite of initiation into the Catholic Church. Through it, candidates will turn away from wrongdoings by being born again as a follower of Christ Jesus and are welcomed into the Catholic faith.
“Leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5: 24)
The sacrament of reconciliation is undertaken by candidates to absolve them of their past sins. Reconciliation, otherwise known as Confession, is a cleansing sacrament that prepares us to receive and serve Jesus Christ further.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6: 35)
The Eucharist is the summit of the Catholic Church and our faith. It is the pinnacle of the sacraments of initiation and the mass. By receiving the body and blood of Christ, candidates are acceptuing His sacrifice for our salvation.
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1: 6)
Typically performed by a bishop, Confirmation is a continuation of baptism as candidates renew their baptismal promises on their own accord for the first time. Through the laying on of hands and the annointing with chrism oils, each candidate receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit – wisdom, understanding, knowledge, courage, counsel, love and fear of God. By receiving their confirmation, candidates are brought closer to Christ and deeper into communion with the Church.
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19: 5-6)
The sacrament of marriage, or matrimony, is a lifelong union between a man and a woman where the two individuals become one. During the ceremony the bride and groom enter a covenant with one another and God through the exchanging of vows. From this moment onwards, the man and woman are now husband and ife in the eyes of the Catholic Church.
“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”” (John 20: 21)
For more inforation, please contact your local parish priest.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and aoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven” (James 5: 14-15)
When an individual becomes gravely sick due to illness or old age, they are able to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Through prayer, the laying on of hands and anointing with oil, the sacrament offers the recipient strength, courage and peace during this time, and, by the grace of God, they may be comforted and healed; whether it be physically or spiritually.