Sacraments are celebrations of special moments of encounter between God and human beings. They are not, obviously, the only occasions when human beings consciously respond to God who is forever offering His love and friendship, but they are times when, the Catholic Church teaches, a person’s relationship with God is assuredly initiated or deepened or strengthened or healed.
Baptism, one of the Seven Sacraments of the Christian Church, frequently called the “first sacrament”, the “door of the sacraments”, and the “door of the Church”.
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This sacrament is rooted in the mission God gave to Christ in his capacity as the Son of man on earth to go and forgive sins (see Matt. 9:6). Thus, the crowds who witnessed this new power “glorified God, who had given such authority to men” (Matt. 9:8; note the plural “men”). After his resurrection, Jesus passed on his mission to forgive sins to his ministers, telling them, “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. . . . Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:21–23).
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First Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic’s life. It means that person has received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Most receive their First Communion when they’re seven or eight years of age because this is considered the age of reason. Others can receive communion for the first time whenever they’ve met all the Church’s requirements.
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If you are looking for information about preparing your child for First Reconciliation please contact Nives Davies or Bridget Corneil at 519-471-7022.
Welcome to Confirmation 2020/2021! We have some news to share with all of you. On May 6th, 2020, Bishop Fabbro announced that St. John the Divine and St. George Parishes would become a “family of parishes.” As part of our “new beginning” as a family, we have decided that Confirmation preparation would be our first shared ministry. We have created a new website called buildingfamily.ca which will host all the information regarding our transition to becoming a family as well as all the Confirmation registration and formation sessions.
With all of the formation being held online this year, we have combined our efforts to create ONE online program for the families of both parishes. Preparation will be offered in two rounds of 8-week online Masterclass sessions. You will be able to choose which round works best for your family. The 8-week sessions will cover various topics of faith and will include a video reflection, scripture quotes, reflection questions and other resources for candidates, parents and sponsors.
Each weekly session will be followed by an online group discussion held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 pm or Saturday morning from 10:00 -11:00 am. You only attend ONE online discussion each week. You will not need to register for the discussion groups but you must attend one of them. We are offering three times during the week in order to allow for more flexibility with family schedules.
The celebrations of the sacrament will take place at St. John the Divine and St. George. Further details and registration for celebrations will be sent out soon.
We will be offering TWO ONLINE INFORMATION SESSIONS for families on Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 pm or Saturday, November 7th at 10:00 am.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Arrangements to be made one year in advance.
Please contact our Parish Priest 519-471-7022
Our family of faith is one that recognizes the importance of prayer in all that we do. Prayer is the common bond that we share as a family, regardless of our language, age or geographic location. From the child praying before bed to the prayer group at the parish, our family of faith continues to pray for those in our community and those around the world.
Everyone is called to live a “vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2558.
We can pray alone or with others; we worship together as parish communities at Mass and pray as families. There are many types of prayer and many different styles of worship, but all center on living and experiencing our relationship with the living God.
Four basic elements…
1. Blessing and Adoration (praising God)
2. Prayer of Petition (asking for what we need, including forgiveness)
3. Prayer of Intercession (asking for what others need)
4. Prayer of Thanksgiving (for what God has given and done)
Tips for praying:
1. Find a quiet place and time
2. Calm yourself and put away distractions
3. Speak what you feel to God, or use set prayers
4. Take time to listen
5. Use the Bible in your prayer
6. Consider keeping a prayer journal
7. Pray daily
Prayer online: Daily readings and online reflections (text, audio and video) from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops http://www.usccb.org/video/reflections.shtml
Confession Times (Or By Appointment)
Tuesday – 6:15 pm ~ 6:50 pm
Wednesday – 11:15 am ~ 11:50 am
Saturday – 4:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm
St. John the Divine Parish
Wednesday 11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
1/2 hour prior to each weekday Mass