Sacraments

The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.

 

(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1131)

 

Grace:

The love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it.

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

Please contact the Parish office to make an appointment

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance or Confession) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.

The Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

IMPORTANT DATES 

 

In view of the "Roadmap to Reopen" plan announced by the provincial Government on 20 May 2021, Bishop Bergie has recommended that First Communion celebrations be deferred. Candidates currently in our  Sacrament Preparation Program will be notified of the new dates. 

Confirmation is a Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

IMPORTANT DATES 

In view of the "Roadmap to Reopen" plan announced by the provincial Government on 20 May 2021, no plans for scheduling and rescheduling Confirmations with Bishop Bergie will be discussed until September.

The Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.

Arrangements must be made at least six (6) months in advance.

The Diocese of St. Catharines requires that couples planning to marry participate in one of the Marriage Preparation programs offered at some of the parishes. . 

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER - 2021 PROGRAM

Marriages may be celebrated in the Church with small communities, according to the number of people permitted by health authorities.  The norms for physical distancing pertain to all present with the exception of the bride and groom.

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

Please contact the Parish office to make an appointment

Patients and their loved ones may find great comfort in knowing that all NHS hospital sites

(St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls) allow designated Priests to anoint gravely ill and dying patients, including COVID-19 patients.  All have had specific training for the pandemic protocol.  Please contact the hospital chaplains offices.

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Please contact the parish priest if you feel you have a calling for the religious life