Seven sacraments form the framework of Catholic spirituality. In a sacrament, Jesus himself acts in and through the ritual, offering new life, forgiving sins, giving his own body and blood, healing, uniting, consecrating. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the transforming grace of Christ’s actions is poured into the hearts of those participating. So a sacrament does more than just symbolize spiritual reality—it actually makes that spiritual reality present at the place and time the sacrament is celebrated. One term used to describe this reality is efficacious—the sacraments effect change in us and in the world because of God’s power, not our own.
Just participating in a sacrament doesn’t mean you will be changed. You must be prepared for an actively participate in the sacraments if the grace given by God in them is to have an effect in your life. This inner attitude and readiness on our part is called our disposition.
With this in mind, we can now understand the definition of sacraments provided by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1131): “The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.”
Grace is a word that is frequently associated with the sacraments. Grace is the religious name we give to the free and undeserved gifts we receive from God. Grace is the experience we have of being loved as a child of God. The love we receive, in all its various forms, empowers us to live lives of love ourselves, in service to God and others.
The seven sacraments are divided into three groups. The first group is sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The second group is sacraments of service: Matrimony and Holy Orders. And finally, the third group is sacraments of healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. These seven sacraments are the heart of the Catholic community.
(Taken from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth by Saint Mary’s Press)
The welcoming of a new member to our Parish is a joyous time for us. We hope that your child’s baptism at St. Ann’s Church will be a time of many graces and blessings for you and your family. We hope that you will feel welcomed and included in our Parish family and that St. Ann’s will always be a place where your child’s faith and your own will be enriched and supported. If you are considering having your child baptized at St. Ann’s, the following information may prove helpful in your preparations.
The parents of the child to be baptized should be members of the parish, and they should also be regularly attending Sunday Mass. There always must be some assurance that the baptized child will be taught the faith and brought to the Church regularly. Families registered at another parish will be asked to provide a letter of consent from their pastor. If you are divorced and remarried or don’t attend church regularly, none of these issues would be a barrier to baptizing your child. Please, speak to the Pastor and he will be happy to help you in your situation so you can connect more fully with the Church.
Godparents have the role of assisting the parents to raise children in the Catholic faith. By custom there are usually two godparents – one male and one female. Required is one godparent who is a practicing Catholic and at least 16 years of age. A parent cannot serve as a Godparent and aa proxy may stand in place of one Godparent. It is possible for a non-Catholic to be chosen as a Christiaan witness. Should you choose additional sponsors, please, note that only two names will appear on the certificate and in the register of baptisms.
Older children and adults will need to have some instruction in the faith before they can be baptized into the Catholic Church.
For any more information or to make necessary arrangements for baptism, please, contact the Pastor in person or by e-mail.
Sacrament of Eucharist
In the Catholic faith, marriage is one of the seven sacraments of the Church in which a man and a woman give themselves to each other in a lifelong commitment of love and fidelity. Their union reflects the fruitful love that exists between Christ and his Church. Together, the husband and wife assist each other in attaining holiness and in raising children in the Catholic faith.
Due to these important responsibilities of marriage, those intending to be married should be actively living their faith, attending Mass regularly and receiving the sacraments. The couple who are planning to get married at St. Ann’s should contact the Pastor at least 6 months in advance of the wedding. This is in order to allow for enough time to ensure that all requirements are met, depending on the circumstances of the couple (e.g., marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic or non-Christian).
If you need further information or clarification, please contact the Pastor in person or by e-mail.
Sacrament of the Holy Orders
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives comfort to those who are suffering from an illness, old age or who are preparing for major surgery. It is for all those who are in need of our Lord’s healing due to some sort of sickness. Any parishioner who feels sick and wishes to receive this sacrament should contact the Pastor and make arrangements with him.
The Nicene Creed
“I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.”
The Apostles Creed
“I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.”
The Our Father
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
The Hail Mary
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”
The Glory Be (The Doxology)
“Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”
The Hail Holy Queen (The Salve Regina)
“Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.”
Prayer of St. Michael
“St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, 0 Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”
A Common Grace before Meals
“Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.”