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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
For more inforation, please contact your local parish priest.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
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.