Sacraments

The Seven Catholic Sacraments
 
Baptism

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. Parents and Godparents are required to take the Pre-Baptismal class at least one month before the baptism.

Sponsors must:

Be in good standing with the Catholic Church.

Be at least sixteen years of age.

Be a Baptized and Confirmed Catholic.

For more detailed information please pick up a Baptismal booklet in the parish office when you register for the Pre-Baptismal class. You can also click here to print out the   Baptismal Application.



Eucharist

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

 

If you or your child has not yet made your First Eucharist (Communion) the parish offers Religious Education classes in order to help you understand the sacrament. We have classes for children from grades 1-8 and offer RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes for adults.

Please contact the parish office for more information.


  
Reconciliation

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others. Children and Adults preparing for their First Reconciliation will receive instructions in their class.

 

The parish offers Reconciliation at St Joseph Church on Saturdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, on the First Saturday of the month at 9:00 am or by appointment during the weekdays.

We also offer Communal Penance Services twice a year during Advent and Lent.


 
 
Confirmation

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

If you or your child has not yet made your Confirmation the parish offers Religious Education classes in order to help you understand the sacrament.

We have classes for children from grades 1-8 and offer RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes for adults.

Please contact the parish office for more information.


 
  
Marriage

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.

 

Couples desiring to be married at St Joseph Parish must contact the Parish Office at least 6 (six) months in advance to make an appointment will need a recent copy of your Baptismal Certificate and a copy of your Confirmation Certificate.

 

Wedding dates will not be put on the calendar until after your first appointment with the priest.

Please note:

If you are required to do extra paperwork, apart from the marriage preparation, you will not be able to set a date until that paperwork is complete.

If you live outside the parish you will have to obtain a permission letter from your parish to allow you to marry in our parish.



 
Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.



   
 
Anointing of the Sick

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

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 for him to receive the sacrament has certainly already arrived.”

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.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1514, 1515)

Please call the parish office to request the Anointing of the Sick for your loved one.