First Holy Communion is typically received in Grade Two. If a child has not yet made his or her First Communion, and regularly attends Religious Ed, please contact us to coordinate this special milestone.
Penance (also known as Reconciliation or Confession)
“Turn away from sin and believe the Good News.” Throughout his life, Jesus was sought out by men and women who, distressed and humbled, said, “Yes, I have sinned, have mercy on me.” Their faith drew them to believe in Jesus’ power of forgiveness – the living presence of the compassionate God. When we confess our sins, we are exercising the gift of our own free will – the choice to tell God that we have wronged Him and others and seek to have our relationship with them restored. Through confession, God reaches back to us in a most real way, love and mercy in hand. The priest, serving as God’s representative, continues Jesus’ ministry of forgiveness and reconciliation by forgiving penitents their sins in this sacrament. The priest, in carrying out the commitment to be Christ’s presence among us, provides the avenue to the healing that Confession and Reconciliation bring.(1)
The Sacraments of Christian Initiation
The Sacraments of Healing
Confirmation is the sacrament of strengthening and a confirming of the gifts already given at Baptism.
Adults are confirmed and receive the Eucharist at the time of their Baptism, but children are generally Baptized in infancy, receive Communion when they are around six or seven and are confirmed in their early teens.
This time between First Eucharist and Confirmation allows the young candidates to have a fuller understanding of what is happening when they receive the Holy Spirit sacramentally. Confirmation completes the Baptismal Rite.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is made up of two important Rites: the Rite of Ordination and the Rite of Consecrated Life.
The Rite of Ordination is the sacrament in which a man commits through ordination his life to serve the faith community in ministerial priesthood. The priest through ordination is configured to the life of Christ’s presence. With ordination to priesthood comes the responsibility to preside at the sacraments of the church.
The Rite of Consecrated life is a commitment made by faith filled men and women who are called to live more radically the gospel of Jesus Christ in mission and ministry of the church to the people of god.
This call is lived out through prayer, community and service to the vulnerable, poor, lonely, sick, aged and youth, being advocates by ministering in all parts of the world for peace and justice.
Confession is held every week prior to the 4:00 pm Mass. Please contact the office to coordinate a meeting with Fr. David outside of the regular times.
The Christian Life is made up of seven 'life events', which we call The Sacraments. These Sacraments are the milestones of the faith and our development as Christian peoples.
The Sacraments can be divided up into three categories:
Anointing of the Sick
“Is any among you sick? Let them call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over the one who is sick, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of the faithful will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed sins, they will be forgiven.” James 5: 14-15. (1)
Since Vatican II, the Sacrament has undergone wonderful changes, including seeing the name of the Sacrament change from 'The Last Rites' to the 'Anointing of the Sick'. The Sacrament is now seen as a Sacrament of Healing, which can be received as many times as needed throughout a lifetime.
The anointing of the sick can be administered to a member of the faithful who is sick or suffering (physically, spiritually, psychologically, or emotionally) or on the verge of death. Through this sacrament, the entire Church asks God to lighten sufferings, forgive sins, and bring eternal salvation. This sacrament can be repeated whenever the sick person again falls into a serious sickness after convalescence or whenever a more serious crisis develops during the same sickness.(1)
The Sacraments of Service
St. Matthew's Parish
Mass Times*: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM
Thursdays, 12:05 PM
Saturdays, 4:00 PM
Sundays, 11:00 AM
Persons who have heard God's call to either Ordination or Consecrated Life should contact Fr. David at 738-2320 or the Diocesan Vocations Contact in their region (click here for the contacts)
St. Augustine's Parish
Mass Times*: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM
Sundays, 9:00 AM
Jesus was born into our world as the word made flesh to live among us as God’s loving presence. God’s love sent us his only-begotten Son into this world of sinners to redeem us by his ultimate gift of love — the sacrifice of his own life for our redemption. On the night before he died for the redemption of our sins, he shared bread and wine with his disciples, changing the bread and wine into his own body and blood. Each time we participate in the Eucharistic sacrifice, we ourselves become transformed and living members of the One True Christ, who is present in the Eucharist, the Bread and Wine.(1)
All are welcome to experience Jesus’ presence in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Students prepare for confirmation through their Religious Education classes and they receive Confirmation during the Spring of their Grade 8 year. For more information on Confirmation please contact Dave & Patty Black, Confirmation Coordinators
* Weekday masses are subject to change; please check the latest bulletin to confirm mass times and intentions
Baptisms are usually held on the first Sunday of the month at both parishes. To find out more, please contact the office at 738-2320.
"Love is patient; Love is kind; Love is not boastful or arrogant or rude. Love is not resentful; Love rejoices in the truth. It bears all things; Hopes all things; Believes all things; Endures all things; Love never comes to an end." 1 Corinthians 13
The Sacrament of Marriage is a beautiful and unique Sacrament in that it is the only Sacrament that is not made directly to God, but rather directly between a man and woman before God, (embodied through a member of the clergy), and the community as witness to their devotion to each other.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of Commitment and Discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. Christ Himself ordered His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations and to baptize those who accept the message of the Gospel. In His encounter with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21), Christ made it clear that baptism was necessary for salvation: “...I say to you, unless a person be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, they cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”(1)
For Catholics, the sacrament is not a mere formality; it is the very mark of a Christian, because it brings us into new life in Christ.
The Sacraments of the Catholic Church
Couples who wish to get married in the church must contact Fr. David at least six months before the wedding to set a meeting and begin marriage preparations.
(1) Source: Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Hope, Archdiocese of Boston (http://www.bostonsbasilica.com/worship-with-us/sacraments/#.V9mWvJMrKRs)
If anyone would like to receive the Anointing of the Sick, please contact the parish office.
If someone in hospital would like to receive the Sacrament, please notify the Nurses' Station.
For most people, they were baptized as babies, and made their First Holy Communion, Penance, and Confirmation while still in grade school. For others though, their calling to the Catholic Faith comes later in life as adults. Some people come from other Christian faiths, and others don't have any religious background. They are all welcome to become Catholic and a part of our Faith Community through RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Learn more about RCIA here.