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 2017-2018
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • September 13, 2017
  • October 11, 2017
  • November 8, 2017
  • January 17, 2018
  • April 4, 2018
  • May 2, 2018
  • June 6, 2018

Baptism Celebration Dates 2016-2017
Time: 12:30 p.m.

  • July 16, 2017 (FULL)
  • August 20, 2017 (FULL)
  • September 24, 2017
  • October 22, 2017
  • November 19, 2017
  • January 28, 2018
  • April 22, 2018
  • May 20, 2018
  • June 24, 2018
  • July 22,2018
  • August 19, 2018

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



The Sacrament of Reconciliation can be celebrated Saturdays at 10:00am.  There are also the Advent (Thursday, December 8th) and Lenten Penitential Services.  Please watch the bulletin for details.

If you have missed the registration meeting please contact Raylene at 780-467-5470 or at

If you missed First Reconciliation please contact Raylene for an alternate time.

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

If you missed the parent meeting for First Communion please contact Raylene at 780-467-5470 or

You may book your child’s First Communion at any Mass after Easter 2017, April 16th
Mass Times are Saturday at 5:00pm, Sunday at 8:30am. 10:30am or 5:00pm
You may also book at weekday Masses. Check bulletin for Mass times.

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.



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




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 2017-2018.   You may register by contacting Monna at 780-467-5470 or

Marriage Preparation Dates:

Option 1:
Tuesday Evenings 7:00pm-9:00pm
October 10, 2017-November 28, 2017

Option 2:
January 12, 2018 Friday 7:00pm-10:00pm
January 13, 2018 Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
January 14, 2018 Sunday 10:00am-7:00pm

Option 3:
April 13, 2018 Friday 7:00pm-10:00pm
April 14, 2018 Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
April 15, 2018 Sunday 10:00am-7:00pm

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


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

13 Brower Drive - Sherwood Park, AB
Canada T8H 1Y7

Parish Office Hours

Please note the Parish Office is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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