Sacraments

 
 

Baptisms

Permission of pastor if outside of St. Edward parish

  1. a)baptized Catholic;

  2. b)in good standing, i.e. married in the church, attend Mass faithfully; not cohabiting, 

  3. c) have made their Easter Duty.

FIRST COMMUNION


Confirmation

Need: Baptismal Certificate & First Communion Certificate.

Preparation: 2 years involvement in parish programs.

Service Project:  developed with your sponsor, and proposed to the Confirmation coordinator.


Marriage

Need: recent baptismal certificate - issued within last 6 months.

Preparation: equivalent to 6 sessions

Affidavits: Form 29.1 from both parties. Form 29.2 is from a witness who can testify to your freedom for marriage, a family member or friend who has known you for the most of your life.


ANOINTING OF THE SICK

Need: a desire to receive the sacrament.  The sacrament may not be given to a deceased person, so call early in an illness.

Preparation: the person calling should mention if the sick party is conscious and able to receive Viaticum (communion in extreme circumstances), and details of where the home or room is.


RECONCILIATION

Need: 1.  Think of your sins.

This is called an Examination of conscience

  1. 2. Be sorry for your sins; try to have perfect sorrow.

  2. 3.Make up your mind not to sin again (this is called a purpose of amendment  You will avoid the occasions of sin.)


4.  Tell all your sins to the priest.

  1. 5.Perform your penance promptly.

Available: Saturdays 4:00 in the Reconciliation Chapel

 
 

A Catholic looks upon the Sacraments as those occasions when Jesus comes to walk with us on the journey of faith.  The prayers and actions of these sacred rites are not just ceremonies - they are an encounter with the Lord.


There was the time when I was baptized.  Jesus told me that unless I was born from above with water and the Holy Spirit, I would not see the reign of God (John 3:3).


He brings me to His banquet in Holy Communion. “I myself am the Living Bread if anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever.” (Jn 6:51)


Confirmation consecrates us for mission. “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Jn 20:22.


The mission of bringing love and nurture to our world belongs to Matrimony. “So they are no longer two, but one.” (Mt 19:3-6)  To proclaim Christ’s kingdom, and to serve others is the vision of Holy Order. “You are a priest forever.” (Ps 110:4)


And in the face of failure we are granted forgiveness in the sacrament of Reconciliation (Jn 20:21-23), and in the throes of illness we receive the Anointing (James 5:14-15).


So in each sacrament we receive we hear God speak ... “the mystery of Christ in you, your hope of Glory!” (Col 1:27)

Living with Jesus