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)



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.

Reconciliation takes place every Saturday from 3:30 - or by appointment with one of the priests

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.



First Communion 2020: Candidates who were unable to celebrate their First Holy Communion in May 2020 as Churches were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be celebrating at weekend Masses from October 17 to November 29. Candidates will be notified  regarding a virtual information session that will take place shortly.

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.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the May 2020 celebration for Confirmation has been postponed until Wednesday, October 7, 2020.  Candidates who had been preparing to celebrate Confirmation in May will be contacted with further details.

Click here for guidelines for the celebration of Confirmation during COVID-19.

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. . 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many couples have had to reschedule their weddings, and some are finding it difficult to make new arrangements.  The Diocese has had requests to allow couples to marry on Sunday.  In view of the current situation, and the uncertainty of when things might begin to normalize, permission may be granted for weddings (without Mass) to be celebrated on Sundays.  This permission is temporary, until the end of 2020, and will be granted only for weddings that have had to be rescheduled due to Covid-19. The Ontario Government announced on Monday, June 8 that 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.  In our Diocese, in addition to Fr. Andy Goodwin (our full-time Chaplain at the NHS St. Catharines site) and Bishop Gerard Bergie, 5 additional Priests have agreed to be available for emergency spiritual care at the three hospitals.  All have had specific training for the pandemic protocol.  No other Priests will be allowed to visit hospitals for the foreseeable future.  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

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church

21 Queen Street South

Thorold, Ontario

L2V 3M7

       Phone: 905-227-3178   Fax: 905-227-9133

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