Sacraments

A Sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace. When we participate in them worthily, each provides us with graces-with the life of God in our soul. In worship, we give to God that which we owe Him; in the sacraments, He gives us the graces necessary to live a truly human life.

The Catholic Church has seven Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and The Anointing of the Sick.

The first three sacraments - Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, - are known as the Sacraments ofinitiation, because the rest of our life as a Christian depends on them.


BAPTISM

I baptize thee in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Baptism holds the first place among the sacraments, because it is the door of the spiritual life; for by it we are made members of Christ and incorporated with the Church. And since through the first man death entered into all, unless we be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, we cannot enter into the kingdom of Heaven, as Jesus Himself has told us.

Baptisms in our parish normally takes place on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays of the Month. But for special reasons, with permission of the Parish Priest can be held on other days.

Pre-Baptism course is a must for all to be parents and God parents too. Please see the notice board for details of this course. 

If you are an adult who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, please get in touch with the Priest on duty.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

The Body and Blood of Christ.... Amen

Along with the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church. We receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time during the First Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ's body, blood, soul, and divinity that are truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us as Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.

First Holy Communion is given to children who are 7 or 8 years old [ 4th Std ] as this is considered the age of reason.


CONFIRMATION

.... be sealed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Just as our bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that our souls need to grow in the life of grace. Just as the human body must grow in childhood, adolescence, and then adulthood; the human soul needs to grow into maturity. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the growth process on the natural level. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in the Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.

Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and your destiny. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) and gave them courage to practice their faith. The same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts and fruits.

Those to be confirmed go through to whole year preparation. The course begins in June and ends after Easter.

Those adults who have still not received the sacrament of Confirmation, please get in touch with the Priest on duty.

The Confirmation Course begins in June and ends in the month of February.


HOLY ORDERS

You are a Priest forever, a Priest like Melchizedek of old.

Sacred ministers, those who serve the spiritual needs of others in the person of Christ, in the Catholic Church are ordained by a bishop and by means of a special sacrament called Holy Orders, which creates the hierarchy of deacon, priest and bishop.

This sacrament can be received only once, but a man may also be ordained to a higher order up to the third degree. A man must first be ordained a deacon before being ordained a priest, and he must be ordained a deacon, and then a priest before being ordained a bishop.

Jesus Christ instituted the Sacrament of Holy Orders at the Last Supper simultaneously with His institution of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. In order to be able to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, you need priests who have been given this power by virtue of their ordination.

If you are a single, baptized man and wonder if God may be calling you to be His Priest,please contact any of the Priest on duty.

If you are a single or marriedbaptized man who would like to know more about becoming a PermanentDeacon , you can contact the Priest on duty.


MARRIAGE

"I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, 

I will love you and honour you all the days of my life."

Your marriage is first and foremost a sacrament. Through your wedding vows, you will reveal the loving presence of God as revealed through Christ and His Church. You should be concentrating on the unity you will be bringing into your lives, your commitment, and the blending of two people into one. But, quite frankly, what many couples are concerned about on their wedding day is how they will enter the church and making sure the groom does not see the bride until the last possible second before the ceremony begins.

The priest will help you plan your wedding liturgy. He will help you to look at the sacramental nature of this day. He will discuss with you those things that will not be allowed to interfere with the sacredness of the ceremony.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO GET MARRIED, PLEASE MEET THE PRIEST ON DUTY AT LEAST 6 MONTH IN ADVENCE.

MARRIAGE PREPERATION COURSE IS MANDANTORY FOR ALL MARRIAGES.

KINDELY LOOK UP THE NOTICE BOARD FOR OTHER DETAILS


RECONCILIATION

..through the ministry of the Church, May God grant you pardon and peace, 

and I absolve in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is for our spiritual healing. According to the Gospels, after the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to the apostles, breathed on them, and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained." (John 20:22-23) The reason for this sacrament is to heal our spiritual wounds, which we call sin. Catholics must confess all known mortal sins to a priest. By doing this, we put ourselves in the state of grace necessary to receive the Holy Eucharist. Any venial, or minor sins we have committed are forgiven by receiving the Holy Eucharist.

Confessing sins to a priest is not as difficult as people think. Most people tell sensitive, delicate and confidential information to their doctor or lawyer, so why not a priest? The priest is bound by the most absolute secrecy and confidentiality known to humankind. Not even the Pope can get the priest to reveal what was said in the confessional.

Confession are heart every Wednesdays, and before Christmas or Easter . But on request you can receive this sacrament at any time. Its good practice to make your confession once a month.

If you would like to make a private dialogue confession, please get in touch with the Priest on duty.


HOLY ANOINTING

"Through this Holy Anointing, May the Lord in his Love and Mercy 

help you witht he grace of the Holy Spirit."

The Anointing of the Sick offers prayers for possible recovery, but the more important intention is to give strength to the soul of the sick person. The Church believes that the sacrament offers a special grace to calm and strengthen the spirit. This can be of great comfort in time of illness. This sacrament has its origin based on St. James' Epistle: "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)

You may ask to receive the sacrament any time you are to undergo surgery under general anesthetic and when you have a serious injury or illness. Advanced age may also be a sufficient reason too. You may receive this sacrament more than once. In fact, all Catholics of any age are encouraged to ask for this sacrament any time a new condition or surgery arises. Please contact the parish office to speak with a priest about receiving this sacrament..

Sick Calls Any time, please call us on 2444 5336/ 2445 4483/ 2446 8721