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: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word. Baptism also confers a special mark or seal upon the soul (known as a sacramental character). The usual mode of Baptism is by pouring water on the head (affusion), though sometimes Baptism by immersion is also used.
The Eucharist, which is also called the Holy Communion, Mass, the Lord’s Supper or the Divine Liturgy. The Eucharist is a re-enactment of the Last Supper, the final meal that Jesus Christ shared with his disciples before his arrest, and eventual crucifixion. At the meal Jesus ate bread and wine and instructed his disciples to do the same in memory of him. The prayers and readings in a Eucharistic service remind those taking part of that final meal and of the solemn words and actions of someone standing at the edge of death. The people taking part drink a sip of wine (or grape juice) and eat a tiny piece of some form of bread, both of which have been consecrated.
Confirmation results in the candidate becoming fully equipped with the Holy Spirit. Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the ‘sacraments of Christian initiation’, whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For by the sacrament of Confirmation, 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.
It is important for families to understand the commitment that you, your child and, family make in preparing and celebrating the Sacraments, and in ensuring that the faith is practiced. An important element in the preparation is a series of parish family Masses that focus on the importance of gathering, listening, thanking, sharing and going into the world.
You can find Baptism forms in the church porch. For futher information please contact our Parish office.