SACRAMENTS

 

Baptism

PREPARATION – INFANTS

We introduce the child into the Church community through Baptism. Children should be baptized within the first few weeks after birth at their own parish. Parent(s) are to be registered parishioners. Godparents must be Catholics who have received the sacraments of Eucharist, Confirmation and lead a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken. At St. Mary's, Baptism is usually celebrated at Sunday Masses.

 

THE BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAM was initiated to help parents and godparents understand why we baptize our children. There is one session, attendance is mandatory for parent(s) and godparent(s). The session is held once a month in the parish office.

 

For more information call office or email: stmarys.parish(at)shawcable(dot)com

To print out a copy of the form, click here.

 

PREPARATION - OLDER CHILDREN

Parents who wish to have their child baptized (age 5 to 12) are asked to register their child in the FAMILY FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM. This is a journey of formation in the Christian way of life for unbaptized children of school age and baptized children who have not been catechized. This program is for families with children in grades K-7 who attend public schools. Parents and children participate in this journey together for the length of time necessary for the formation.

To print out a copy of the Family Faith Formation Registration form, click here.

 

For more information call Claudia at the office or email: stmarys.parish(at)shawcable(dot)com

 

Meets: on a bi-weekly basis Sundays from 2:30 pm-4 pm from October to June.

 

PREPARATION - ADULTS

THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (R.C.I.A.) is the process that welcomes and introduces individuals who have felt the call of God to join our Catholic Faith. The initiation process is primarily for those who are not baptized, or baptized in another Christian tradition, or for those who may have been baptized in the Catholic tradition but have never been catechized and/or fully initiated (have not received Eucharist, Confirmation and Reconciliation).

 

The sessions include the examination of scripture, prayer, faith sharing and presentations on the mysteries of our faith. All candidates along with the support of their sponsors and R.C.I.A. team leaders, will journey together in the development of their understanding of the Catholic faith. At the Easter Vigil the sacraments of initiation are received.

 

For more information call Claudia at the office or email: stmarys.parish(at)shawcable(dot)com

 

Confirmation

In our Diocese we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at the grade 6 level.  We will be starting our preparation for Confirmation at the end of January as a part of the FAMILY FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM.

 

For more information call Claudia at the office or email: stmarys.parish(at)shawcable(dot)com

 

The Eucharist

Children prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at the grade 2 level, after they have celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. We will be celebrating First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at the 11 am Mass.

 

Penance & Reconciliation

We prepare children to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time at the grade 2 level. Children must prepare and celebrate Reconciliation before celebrating their Sacrament of First Holy Communion. 

 

Confessions are heard at St. Mary's on Saturday evenings between 6:15 and 6:45pm or by appointment. We also celebrate communal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Seasons of Advent and Lent.

 

The Anointing of the sick

The Sacrament of the Sick, ministered by a priest, is not meant just for those dying but also those who are seriously ill (physical, mental); those preparing for major surgery; and the elderly. Also, a communal celebration of the sacrament is scheduled during the year.

 

For more urgent requests call hospital chaplain: 250-565-2759 or contact the office.

 

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles is exercised in the Church. It includes three degrees: the role of bishop, priest and deacon. The entire Church is a priestly people. However the ministerial priesthood confers a sacred power for the service of the faithful.

 

For more information on the priesthood, please contact Fr. Terry Brock vocations.pgdiocese(at)gmail(dot)com.

 

For more information on religious life - Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate - call or email        
Fr. Gilbert Bertrand, OMI at the office.

 

Matrimonium

In order to allow sufficient time for the marriage preparation program; please arrange an appointment with the parish priest well in advance of the wedding date. A six-month notice is usually needed to make most arrangements.

 

MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM is a program facilitated by parish couples and offers engaged couples an opportunity to gather once a week for approximately 4-6 weeks. The priest usually attends the sessions on an arranged basis with the leader couple.

 

For more information call office or email: st.marys.parish(at)shawcable(dot)com