SacramentsThe 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."
Sacrament of the Sick
The Catholic Church sees baptism as the first and basic sacrament of Christian initiation. In the Western or Latin Church, baptism is usually conferred today by pouring water three times on the recipient’s head, while reciting the baptismal formula: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”. In the Eastern Catholic Churches immerson or sumbersion is used, and the formula is: “The servant of God, N., is baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Though sprinkling is not normally used, its validity is accepted, provided that the water flows over the skin, since otherwise it is not a washing.
The Sacrament of Baptism involves Baptismal preparation for the parents with the parish priest. If you are expecting a child or have a child to be baptized, please call the office at 519 451 4600.
Why, exactly, do Catholics have the practice of baptizing infants? What is the purpose of baptism and who can celebrate the sacrament of Baptism? Do the godparents of our child need to be married to each other?
Should Catholics receive communion on the hand or on the tongue? And how exactly are we supposed to do that reverently? Is there any other acceptable response besides “Amen?” …and what does “amen” mean anyway?
First Communion is being offered to the children who are in Grade 2. This Sacrament is celebrated together as a group every year on the First Sunday in May.
More information about the meetings and preparations available in the parish bulletin and in the office.
Sacrament of Confession is offered:
Tuesday 6.30pm – 7pm
Saturday 4pm – 4.45pm
Why do we have to confess our sins to a priest? Can’t we just pray to God for forgiveness? If I sin but no one is affected then can I say, “no harm, no foul?”
Why do I have to get confirmed if I’m already baptized? How do I choose a sponsor as I prepare for confirmation? Why do I have the option to choose a new name?
The Sacrament of Confirmation we offer every other year to the candidates who are in Grade 7/8 and the family belongs to St. Patrick’s Church. The date for Confirmation is scheduled for Sunday December 1, 2019. The Sacrament of Confirmation is primarily a parish celebration and is such should not be considered a class exercise of the School.
At. St. Patrick’s we follow the Diocesan Guideline for weddings and marriage preparation. We require notice of weddings 1 year in advance. A meeting is required with the parish priest to assure the couple is free to marry before a wedding date will be booked. Weddings can be performed for a couple when at least one person in the couple is a baptized Catholic and who is registered in the parish. If a couple is not registered in the parish they could still have their wedding at St. Patrick’s with permission of the pastor of the parish where they are currently registered. Weddings can take place with our without Mass.
Why do we have to have a Catholic wedding? Why does it take so long to get married in the Church? Why does the Church insist we have children?
Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP explains what Holy Orders are in the Catholic Church, what happens at an Ordination, and what it means to say YES to God.
Every Catholic has a vocation. (…)
Most Christians are called by God to the married state, and some are called to the state of single laypersons living in the world. But Jesus also chooses certain men to act in his Person through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the other sacraments; they are called to be priests. Others are called to a ministry of service as permanent deacons. And still others, both women and men, are called to what is known as consecrated life – a way of life marked by the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience – whose most familiar expression is religious life.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations; May 11, 2014
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults – this is a journey of acquiring an understanding of faith sharing and of prayer and reflection on the Catholic Faith. The Lord has chosen us to do His work and our task is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Do you know of anyone who may want to explore our faith? Or if you are not sure how to approach the journey of faith or if you have any other questions call the parish office for more info.
John traveled through a rough patch of life to find his faith and it was the Catholic Church that helped pull him out.
Who can receive the Anointing of the Sick? How often? Where is it done?
Sacrament of the sick
The ministry of Jesus to the sick is central to the life of the Church. February 11 (Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes) highlights the healing ministry of the Church. It reminds us that service to the sick and suffering cannot be neglected. It recognizes the great efforts of doctors, nurses, health care institutions and pastoral care givers to restore health to those afflicted with illness and disease. The Anointing of the sick is beenig offered on that day. This Sacrament is available at any time upon request.