What is a sacrament? The word "sacrament" is derived from the Latin meaning of "sacred things." When we speak about the sacraments, we first hear the Word — Jesus Christ. He is the sacrament for us. "Sacrament" means a visible sign of God's invisible presence. Just as Christ is the sacrament of God, the Church is your sacrament, your visible sign of Christ. It is within the Church that the sacraments take place. According to the teaching of the Church, we recognize seven sacraments.
How does our parish of St. Andrew the Apostle apply the 7 Holy Sacraments?
Sacrament of Baptism
Baptismal preparation is required.
Please contact the parish priest one month in advance.
"Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptized within the first few weeks of life." (C.867.1)
Sacrament of Marriage
Please make an appointment at least 6 months in advance. A marriage preparation course is required.
Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (Confessions)
Saturday 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Sunday 10:10 am - 10:40 am
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
Please contact the parish priest during serious illness or before surgery. (Sick Calls: Sacraments are administered to the home-bound and hospitalized. Please call the Parish Office.)
Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
During Mass, in a state of grace, we have the opportunity to receive our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. We firmly believe that our Lord is truly present in the Holy Eucharist, and that we receive His body, blood, soul, and divinity in Holy Communion. Mass offers such precious gifts, provides the nourishment of great graces, and unites us as a Church, so we indeed have a sacred obligation to attend Mass every week.
Sacrament of Confirmation.
This Sacrament is normally arranged with the cooperation of Grade7/8 teacher from St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic elementary school. If your child attends public school or is being home schooled, please contact the parish priest to make the necessary preparations.
Sacrament of Holy Orders.
This Sacrament of Ordination is especially important for those considering the Vocation of Priesthood or those thinking of becoming a nun.
More info on vocations see this web site: St. Catherines Diocese