sacraments

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

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”.

Please make arrangements at least 12 weeks in advance.

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FIRST RECONCILIATION

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).

For Schedule, please check our Events page or:

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FIRST COMMUNION

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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RECONCILIATION

Saturdays 4 – 4:45 pm

Or by appointment with our Parish Priest 519-471-7022

CONFIRMATION

In his farewell speech Jesus comforts his disciples and promises them that he will not leave them alone:

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)

During Confirmation, candidates receive the power of the Holy Spirit. This happens through the anointing with chrism oil and the imposition of hands. With the Holy Spirit at their side, they are strengthened (from Latin word: confirmatio) to be witnesses of Christ in the world. He gives comfort, hope, inspiration and peace. With this sacrament they confess that they want to belong to Jesus and His Church.

Click Here for the 2019 Confirmation Parent Letter 

Click Here for the 2019 Confirmation Registration Form 

For Schedule, please check our Events page or:

Contact Bridget Corneil at bcorneil@dol.ca  for any information

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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MARRIAGE

Arrangements to be made one year in advance.

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CONFESSION TIMES

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

 

DEVOTIONS

St. John the Divine Parish

Eucharistic Adoration

Wednesday 11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm

Rosary

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

1/2 hour prior to each weekday Mass