Preparation for Adult Baptism
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Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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." (CCC 1213)
In the Sacrament of Baptism, all who are gathered have the opportunity to experience afresh the reality of God's grace, love and forgiveness. As you experience the Baptism of your child, you are reaffirming your own Baptismal Covenant. All who are gathered have the opportunity to renew their faith and respond to their relationship with God.
Preparation for Infant Baptism
Parents: One parent must be a practicing Catholic. Both parents have the honest intention and ability to raise the child as a practicing Catholic.
Godparents: The Godparent has the role of helping the child lead a Christian life; therefore the Godparent(s) must be practicing Catholics, at least 16 years old, and have received the Sacraments of Initiation.
Baptism Preparation Meetings: This meeting is for parents and godparents held at 12:15 pm on Sundays and runs for about 30-45 minutes. Please refer to our 2023 Schedule with the specified dates.
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)
Tuesday: 6:15pm - 6:45pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Also available by appointment
If this is your child's first Reconciliation, Fr Adam Voisin will be
hearing their confession on Saturdays during Lent from
3:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
"Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy."
St. Isidore of Seville
The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist (CCC 1322). The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life (Lumen Gentium 11).
First Holy Communion
This is celebrated each year by Regina Mundi Parish with those
children who are:
Students in our Parish Schools
Students in Public or Private schools, but are in Grade 2 and are parishioners
Older children who have not yet received the Sacrament
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; . . . he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and . . . abides in me, and I in him."
John 6:51, 54, 56
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, [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)
Candidates: This is celebrated typically with students in Grade 7 or older
Candidates in our Parish community schools will be given formation lessons as a part of their curriculum.
Candidates who were baptized as Catholics, but attend private or public schools, or who are home schooled, are recommended the Catechetical Correspondence Course by the Diocese of Hamilton.
Candidates who have not been baptized in the Catholic Church are recommended to consider RCIC/RCIA.
Parents & Guardians: Families are encouraged to foster a relationship with God by attending Mass weekly and share in the many graces that our faith brings. Praying as a community during Sunday Eucharist and other Church celebrations give our youth a sense that they are part of a larger community.
Confirmation Preparation Meetings: These information meetings are for parents and guardians of the Confirmandi, and are held in the Church on a weekday evening. If you are unable to attend on the scheduled date, please contact your child’s teacher for the Confirmation registration forms.
"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." You are about to arrange for a Christian Marriage. Marriage is a sacred life-long commitment. Our emphasis is on the deep spiritual nature of your relationship with each other and with God. (CCC 1601)
The Sacrament of Marriage is celebrated in the House of God. Your marriage should be prepared for by daily prayer, by serious discussion, by developing genuine communication with one another during the period of engagement and by regular celebration of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance. You celebrate your love for one another in the presence of the community of faith which gave you spiritual life and taught you love. Your Marriage becomes a sign of God's unbreakable covenant; and you reflect Christ to all people through this sacrament.
Marriage Preparation Course
This is held on the first Saturday of March from 8:30am - 3:00pm each year. The skilled team takes couples through topics like Legal Matters; Spirituality of Marriage; Financial Issues; and Communication. The cost for the day is $100.00 which includes materials, lunch and refreshments.
Marriage Strengthening Course
The Diocese of Hamilton offers Retrouvaille, a course for Christians struggling in their marriages.
"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, presbyterate, and diaconate." (CCC 1536)
According to CCC 1579, this sacrament is for 'men of faith who live a celibate life and who intend to remain celibate "for the sake of the kingdom of heaven." Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the Lord and to "the affairs of the Lord," they give themselves entirely to God and to men.'
While Holy Orders are reserved for men, the call to religious vocation is for all faithful Catholics, women are encouraged to discern the call to consecrated life. Men and women discerning the call to a religious vocation are encouraged to seek out Spiritual Direction, and to contact the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Hamilton.
"Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood."
Luke 22: 19-21
Anointing of the Sick
There are two Sacraments of Healing that can be found within the teaching of the Catholic Church. The first being Reconciliation and the second being the Anointing of the Sick. It is through the Sacrament of the Sick that the Church brings the restorative presence of Christ to those seeking healing in body or spirit during times of illness or near death.
The Sacrament of the Sick may be administered to the faithful at several times in their lives. It is not just a sacrament of the dying in preparation of death. A priest can offer the sacrament to a loved one:
when they are sick with a serious physical illness.
whenever a lengthy or chronic illness worsens.
before they have a non-minor surgery.
who due to advance age suffers from physical weakness which is debilitating.
who begins to be in danger due to mental or psychological illness.
who is need of spiritual healing.
If you or a loved one is in need of the Sacrament of the Sick, please contact Father either before or after Mass or by calling the Parish Office setup an appointment. On occasion, usually by special request, the Sacrament of the Sick is offered at the end of Mass. At these times, other parishioners are able to avail themselves of the Sacrament of the Sick and pray with those receiving this blessing.
“Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”