Sacraments (Baptism, Marriage, Confirmation etc)
THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS
“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission” (CCC 1213 ,see also Mathew 28:19, John 3:5, Acts 10:47-48, Acts 2:38-39,Bible/Early Church References link etc)
a) Children's Baptism:
Parents who wish to have their children baptized may attend a Baptism Seminar conducted every first Wednesday of the month at 8pm. They may then register their children for Baptism by submitting the seminar participation certificate along with the couple’s marriage certificate obtained from the Church. If the child’s godparents do not belong to the parish, a letter must be submitted.
The Baptism ceremony is conducted every Thursday. (5:00 PM Registration followed by the Baptism from 5:30 PM) pm. Please contact the parish office for additional details when this Sacrament is given.
b) Adult Baptism:
Those adults who wish to be baptized or received into the Catholic Church can inquire at the parish office. The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) course is conducted once every year and meets on a weekly basis. Course typically begins in September and concludes with reception of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass the following year.Registration form can be filled from this link.
"At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'" (CCC 1323, see also Luke 22:19, John 6:53, 1 Corinthians 11: 23-30, Acts 2:42,Bible/Early Church References link)
Classes resume on 02-October 2015...New registrations to Classes will be announced .Registration form can be filled from this link.
For Adult Catholics wishing to receive the Holy Eucharist in daily Mass, please refer to Mass Schedule/timings (note that one must NOT be in Grave (mortal) sin when receiving this sacrament else must have recourse to the sacrament of Reconciliation as described below)
"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion." (CCC 1422, see also John 20:22-23, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Mathew 18:18,Bible/Early Church References link etc).
For Catholic Adults, this sacrament is generally given individually in the confessional room within the church if the priest is available (see Mass schedule/timing as this is done during one of the mass timings). However, in case of necessity, any priest may be contacted for an appointment.
“The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For by the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." (CCC 1285, see also Acts 8:14-17, Acts 19:5-6,Bible/Early Church references link etc)
- Children receiving Confirmation have to undergo a preparation (see Details under “Catechism”). The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered only to those who are enrolled for the Catechism classes. Preparations for Confirmation begin in Grade 7 and students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation usually during Pentecost which coincides with the end of Grade 8. Classes resume on 02-October 2015...New registrations to Classes will be announced.Registration form can be filled from this link.
- Catholic adults (baptized but NOT confirmed), Please contact the parish office for details when this Sacrament is given as they conduct it in a group who have to undergo a short one week evening preparatory course prior to this Sacrament being administered. Adult Confirmation courses for those who are baptized Catholic but have not received the sacrament of Confirmation are conducted three times a year during the months of January, May, and September. Classes are typically scheduled for the 3rd week of the month. Nightly sessions are conducted 7:00pm-9:30 Sunday through Thursday evenings and candidates must attend all 5 nightly sessions.Registration form can be filled from this link.
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." (CCC 1601, see also Mathew 19:5-6, Mark 10:7-12,Ephesians 5:22-32, Malachi 2:13-16,Bible Reference Link etc).
Our parish conducts Marriage Preparation Courses regularly for couples who intend to get married within the next six months (generally every month on 2nd Thursday (7:30PM to 9:30PM) AND Friday (8:30AM - 5:00 PM with light Breakfast & Lunch provided) ( Both Days attendance is necessary) .Any changes to these dates and times will be announced in the Parish Notices section or contact the parish office.
Couples who wish to get married at St. Joseph’s Cathedral may refer to the following guidelines.
Documents to be submitted:
· Baptism Certificate
· Confirmation Certificate
· N.O.C. (No objection Certificate or Freedom to Marry Certificate)
· Marriage preparation course certificate.
*Note that the NOC certificate has a six month validity period.
An appointment must be booked for a meeting with the priest, in order to have the pre-nuptial enquiry. The couple is responsible for wedding arrangements such as choir, church decoration, Mass booklets etc. The choice of readings and printing of Mass booklets must be done in consultation with the priest.
Please contact the parish office for additional details about how/when this Sacrament is given (including displaying of marriage Bans, prerequisites of Baptismal/confirmation certificates etc). Potential Spouses have to undergo a short marriage preparation course prior to receiving this sacrament. If NOT baptized/confirmed, these sacraments have to be administered first (see above for details regarding these sacraments). Registration form can be filled from this link.
6) HOLY ORDERS:
“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: Episcopate(Bishop), Presbyterate(Priest), and Diaconate(Deacon).” (CCC 1536, see also Philippians 1:1, 1 Timothy 3:8-13, 4:14, 2 Timothy 1:6, Titus 1:5, Acts 20:28, 14:23, Bible/Early Church #1,#2, #3 Reference Link etc)
"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ." (CCC 1499)
“The “Anointing of the Sick" is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived."(CCC 1514)
“If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person's condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced. (CCC 1515, see also James 5:14-15 , Bible/Early Church References linketc)
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