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Baptism

Baptism is the first sacrament of welcome into the Christian community.  In our church the ceremony begins at the door of the Church.  Think of when people are welcomed into a home and a family.  The priest spells out this significance when, at the door, he addresses the person by the newly chosen name and says "NAME" the Christian community welcomes you with great joy’.  A whole richness of ceremony surrounds the sacrament.  There is, for example, the reading of the Word of God, the anointings, the candle and white garment, the sign of one’s Christian dignity and the pouring of the water ‘in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’.
"Being Christian is not the result of an ethical or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction."  (Deus caritas est)
 
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1st Holy Communion

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What is First Holy Communion?

In the Eucharist we  receive Christ Himself.  This is why it is so important that we are  properly prepared and approach the sacrament with the correct disposition.  The  day of our First Holy Communion should be one of the most memorable and joyful  days of our life.
Holy Eucharist is the sacrament in which Jesus Christ gives his body and blood – himself – for us, so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy Communion.  In this way we are joined with the one body of Christ, the Church. [CCC 1322, 1324, 1409, 1413]
The Eucharist is the mysterious centre of the sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist), because the historic sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross is made present during the words of consecration in a hidden, unbloody manner.[YouCat 208]
Thus the celebration of the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Lumen Gentium 11)
EUCHARIST (Greek Eucharistia = thanksgiving)
 
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Confirmation

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W​hat is Confirmation?

Confirmation is the sacrament that completes Baptism; In it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. [CCC 1285]

What happens in Confirmation?
 
The soul of a baptised Christian is imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once and marks this indivual forever as a Christian.  [CCC 1302-1305]
To be confirmed means to make a “covenant” with God.  The person being confirmed essentially says, “yes, I believe in you, my God; give me your Holy Spirit, so that I might belong entirely to you, and never be separated from you, and may witness to you throughout my whole life, body and soul, in my words and deeds, on good days and bad.” [YouCat 205]
 
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Marriage

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Marriage is a lifelong partnership, commitment, based in love, for the well being of the spouses and for the purpose of having and rearing children.  It is absolutely dependent on the free consent of the couple.  The Second Vatican Council applies the expression ‘domestic Church’ to the Catholic family.  It is in the family that the faith is first taught to children, and marriage represents the first school of Christian life.

H​ow does the Sacrament of Matrimony come about?

The Sacrament of Matrimony comes about through a promise made by a man and a woman before God and the Church, which is accepted and confirmed by God and consummated by the bodily union of the couple.  Because God himself forms the bond of sacramental marriage, it is binding until the death of one of the partners. [CCC 1625-1631]
The man and the woman mutually administer the sacrament of Matrimony.
A sacramental marriage has three necessary elements: (1) free consent, (2) the affirmation of a lifelong, exclusive union, and (3) openness to children. [CCC 1644-1654]
 
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Confession

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Sacrament of PENANCE, also called sacrament of reconciliation, of forgiveness, of conversion, or of confession [CCC 1422-1424, 1486]

What is Confession?​

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)
We are conscious that  none of us are worthy of so great a gift, yet we must be prepared as well as  possible to receive Christ in the Eucharist.  This includes receiving forgiveness  in the sacrament of Confession for our sins, for anything that separates us  from Christ and His Church.
Nowhere did Jesus express more beautifully what happens in the sacrament of Penance than in the parable of the Prodigal Son: we go astray, we are lost and can no longer cope.  Yet our Father waits for us with great, indeed, infinite longing; he forgives us when we come back; he takes us in again, forgives our sins.  Jesus Himself forgave the sins of many individuals; it was more important to him than working miracles.  He regarded this as the great sign of the dawning of the kingdom of God, in which all wounds are healed and all tears are wiped away.  Jesus forgave sins in the power of the Holy Spirit, and he handed that power onto his apostles.  We fall into the arms of our heavenly father when we go to a priest and confess.” (YouCat 227)
Through the ministry of the Priest, the penitent receives God’s forgiveness, and his guilt is wiped away as if it had never existed.  A priest can do this only because Jesus allows him to participate in his own divine power to forgive sins [YouCat 150].
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