Definitions of Sacraments


The Sacrament of Baptism is often called “The door of the Church,” because it is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time (since most Catholics receive it as infants) but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church.


The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the third of the Sacraments of Initiation.  The Church urges us to receive Communion frequently (even daily, if possible), it is called a sacrament of initiation because, like Baptism and Confirmation, it brings us into the fullness of our life in Christ.

In Holy Communion, we are eating the True Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, without which “you shall not have life in you” (John 6:53).


Reconciliation/Confession is one of the least understood of the sacraments of the Catholic Church. In reconciling us to God, it is a great source of grace, and Catholics are encouraged to take advantage of it often. The purpose of Reconciliation is to reconcile man to God. When we sin, we deprive ourselves of God’s grace. And by doing so, we make it even easier to sin some more. The only way out of this downward cycle is to acknowledge our sins, to repent of them, and to ask God’s forgiveness. Then, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, grace can be restored to our souls, and we can once again resist sin.


Although, in the West, Confirmation is usually received as a teenager, several years after making First Communion, the Catholic Church considers it the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism being the first and Communion the third). Confirmation is regarded as the perfection of Baptism, because, as the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation states:

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.


Marriage, a lifelong union between a man and a woman for procreation and mutual support, is a natural institution, but it is also one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. As a sacrament, it reflects the union of Jesus Christ and His Church. The Sacrament of Marriage is also known as the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ’s priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles. There are three levels to this sacrament of ordination: the episcopate, the priesthood, and the diaconate.

Anointing of the Sick/Last Rites

Traditionally referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength.


Our parish community welcomes the opportunity to share with you the celebration of your child’s baptism. Baptism preparation is designed to:

  • Welcome parents and invite them to a deeper involvement in the life of their parish community.
  • Lead parents to a deeper understanding of the sacrament of baptism and of the commitment it requires of them.
  • Help parents discern their readiness to celebrate their child’s baptism.
  • Support and strengthen parents’ relationship with the Church.
  • Prepare parents to enter into the liturgical celebration of their child’s baptism with “full conscious and active participation.”

Baptism Preparation is a pre-requisite for all parents seeking to baptize their children. Please contact the parish office two to three months prior to the baptism of your child.

Baptism Preparation Dates 2018-2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • September 11, 2018
  • October 9, 2018
  • November 13, 2018
  • December 11, 2018
  • January 8, 2019
  • February 12. 2019
  • May 14, 2019
  • June 11, 2019

Baptism Celebration Dates 2018-2019-Sunday 12:30

  • July 15, 2018
  • July 22,2018
  • August 19, 2018
  • August 26, 2018
  • September 16, 2018
  • September 23, 2018
  • October 21, 2018
  • October 28, 2018
  • November 18, 2018
  • November 25, 2018
  • December 16, 2018
  • December 23, 2018
  • January 20, 2019
  • January 27, 2019
  • February 17, 2019
  • February 24. 2019
  • April 28, 2019
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 26, 2019
  • June 16, 2019
  • June 23, 2019
  • July 21, 2019
  • July 28,2019
  • August 18, 2019
  • August 25, 2019


For more information please contact Betty or Sue at 780-467-5470 or



  • Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion:
    Monday September 17, 2018 at 7:00pm at OLPH Parish (Child does not need to attend this meeting.)

    The registration fee, which covers the cost of the preparation booklets, “We Prepare for Reconciliation”, and “We Share in the Eucharist” plus other materials, is $50.00. Please bring cash. The books will be available at this parent-orientation meeting. Please bring in a copy of your child’s baptism certificate


    Preparation Schedule


  • Parent-Child Retreat
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    2:30pm-6:00pm (includes Mass)


     Sunday, November 4, 2018
    10:30am-2:00pm (includes Mass)
    at OLPH Church

  • **Please note that emails with short videos or articles will be sent throughout the liturgical year so that you and your child may share the church year together as you prepare for the sacraments**


Sat, Nov. 24, 2018

10:00 am           EPK, JV, St L
11:30 am          HS, Mad, HR

Home Schooled and Public-School children may attend either celebration.

If you require more information please contact Raylene at 780-467-5470 or at

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is now celebrated prior to First Communion, usually when a child is in Grade 2. Preparation for and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place in the fall of the year.


communionFirst Communion

Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion:
Monday September 17, 2018 at 7:00pm at OLPH Parish (Child does not need to attend this meeting.)

The registration fee, which covers the cost of the preparation booklets, “We Prepare for Reconciliation”, and “We Share in the Eucharist” plus other materials, is $50.00. Please bring cash. The books will be available at this parent-orientation meeting. Please bring in a copy of your child’s baptism certificateFor more information please contact Raylene at 780-467-5470 or  Children are usually prepared for the sacrament of Eucharist (Communion) when they are in grade 2. The Grade 2 program is a catechesis on the Eucharist (Mass). At the parish level the immediate preparation for the reception of Communion is provided. It includes formation for parents and children. Children are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to reception of Communion. First Eucharist (First Communion) is usually celebrated when a child is 7 years of age or older

First Eucharist (Communion):

In addition to the parent meeting there is Communion retreat for the parent and child. Please choose one:

Parent-Child Retreat (at OLPH Church)

 Saturday March 16, 2019
2:30pm-6:00pm (includes Mass)


Sunday April 7, 2019
12:30pm-3:45pm (includes Mass)

The celebration of First Communion has been scheduled for the following dates:

Even if you have had children who have celebrated reconciliation and communion in previous years, it is still very important for you to attend these meetings.

**Please note that emails with short videos or articles will be sent throughout the liturgical year so that you and your child may share the church year together as you prepare for the sacraments**

If you or someone you know would be willing to help with these retreats (one or both), please contact Raylene at the parish as soon as possible at

If you have any questions about Reconciliation and Eucharist (Communion) please contact Raylene at the Parish Office. Information about the sacraments will also be posted on our parish web site at:






Parent Registration Meeting: Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7:00pm at OLPH Parish or Monday, January 28, 2018 at 7:00pm at OLPH Parish
Your child is not required to be at this meeting. Please bring a copy of your child’s Baptism certificate. Fee for the book, retreat costs and materials is $25.00. Please bring cash only (no cheques, debit or credit).

Just as bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that the soul also needs to grow in the life of grace. The sacrament of Confirmation builds on the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Holy Communion, completing the process of initiation into the Catholic community. The age for celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation at OLPH Parish is Grade 6-11 years old or older

You will need to choose 1 mandatory preparation day for children and parents at OLPH Parish.

□Option 1

3 Monday Evening Sessions 7:00-8:30 October 15, October 22, November 5

□Option 2

Half Day Retreat-October 20, 2018 1:00pm-6:00pm (includes Mass)

□Option 3

3 Monday Evening Sessions 7:00-8:30 March 4, March 18, April 13

□Option 4

Half Day Retreat-April 13, 2019 1:00pm-6:00pm (includes Mass)

In addition to the preparation day and the retreat there will be 12 sessions to be completed together at home. These will be sent out via email.

Date Session Topic
Feb 8 Session 1 Busted Halo
Feb 15 Session 2 Baptized with Water
Feb 22 Session 3 Anointed with Oil
March 1 Session 4 Sponsor Email

Ash Wednesday

Mar 8 Session 5 Service Task


March 15 Session 6 Clothed in Christ
April 5 Session 7 Enlightened by Christ
April 12 Session 8 Holy Week
April 17 Session 9 Easter-Renewal of Baptism Promises
April 26 Session 10 Awakened to Grace and Vcat
May 3 Session 11 Confirmation Video
Confirmation Rehearsal May 4
Confirmation   May 5 & 6
May 10 Session 12 I’m confirmed…Now what

Confirmation will be celebrated at OLPH Parish on:

 Confirmation Rehearsal
Saturday May 4th, 2019 10:30am-11:30am

Confirmation Celebrations
Sunday, May 5th, 3:00pm
for the following schools:  HR, HS, OLPH,

 Monday, May 6th, 7:00 pm
for the following schools:  St. L, St. T,
Home Schooled, Public Schools

If you have any questions please contact Raylene at 780-467-5470 or at 


Couples planning to be married are encouraged to contact the parish office as soon as they become engaged. Preparation is a pre-requisite for all couples seeking marriage in the Catholic Church. We arrange marriage preparation sessions where teams of married couples, your priests, and the parish faith community work together to offer our prayerful support. If you have any questions about the following topics please contact Monna at 780-467-5470 or at

Marriage prep 2018-2019.   You may register by contacting Monna at 780-467-5470 or

Marriage Preparation Dates:

Option 1:
☐         November 16, 2018 Friday 7:00pm-10:00pm
November 17, 2018 Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
November 18, 2018 Sunday 12:00pm-8:00pm

Option 2:
☐         February 22, 2019 Friday 7:00pm-10:00pm
February 23, 2019 Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
February 24, 2019 Sunday 12:00pm -8:00pm

Option 3:
☐         April 26, 2019  Friday 7:00pm-10:00pm
April 26, 2019  Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
April 26, 2019  Sunday 12:00pm -8:00pm

Wedding Rehearsals: Our rehearsal coordinators assist couples with the rehearsal for their wedding ceremony. Rehearsals are scheduled on a first come basis.

Annulments: If you are divorced and wish to make inquiries regarding the annulment process, please contact Monna Senez at 780-467-5470 or

Anniversary Blessings-Contact Monna Senez at 780-467-5470 or at



anointingAnointing of the Sick

Please contact Sue or Betty at 780-467-5470 or at or Lorraine at 780-467-5470

If it is after hours please call OLPH Parish at  780-467-5470. The phone message will give you the name and the phone number of the priest on call.

holy-ordersHoly Orders

The Lord calls each of one of us to live holy lives by entering into a unique relationship with Him by committing one’s life to one of the following particular vocations: Holy Orders (the priesthood and permanent diaconate), Consecrated Life (religious institutes, private & public associations of the faithful, secular institutes, and consecrated virgins), Married Life, and the Single Holy Life.

The Office of Vocations assists the faithful in discerning their vocations and has a particular mandate to promote vocations to the priesthood.

Director: Reverend Marc Cramer

Phone: 780-392-2445 ext. 2310
Email: go to and select Vocations

Office of Vocations
St. Joseph Seminary
9828 – 84 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6A 0B2
Vocations Assistant: Yvonne Dutton
Phone: 780-392-2445 ext. 2322


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