Definitions of Sacraments


Baptism

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.


Eucharist

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

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.


Confirmation

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.

 Matrimony

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.

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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 2019-2020
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m

  • Oct 8, 2019
  • Nov 12. 2019
  • Dec 10. 2019
  • Jan 14, 2020
  • Feb 11, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020
  • June 9, 2020

Baptism Celebration Dates 2019-2020-Sunday 2:30

  • Oct 20, 2019 – FULL
  • Oct 27, 2019
  • Nov 17, 2019
  • Nov 24, 2019
  • Dec 15, 2019
  • Dec 22, 2019
  • Jan 19, 2020
  • Jan 26, 2020
  • Feb 16, 2020
  • Feb 23, 2020
  • April 19, 2020
  • April 26, 2020
  • May 17, 2020
  • May 24, 2020
  • June 21, 2020
  • June 28, 2020
  • July 19, 2020
  • July 26, 2020
  • August 16, 2020
  • August 23, 2020

 

For more information please contact Betty at 780-467-5470 ext. 225 or pastoralcare@olph.ca

 

reconciliationReconciliation

  • Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion:
    Tuesday October 15, 2019 at 7:00pm at OLPH Parish (Child does not need to attend this meeting.)

    *Missed the Registration Meeting? Please contact Natalie Lavigne at the parish 780-467-5470 ext 223 or nlavigne@olph.ca to register your child for First Reconciliation.


    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 $40.00.  The books will be available at this parent-orientation meeting. Please bring in a copy of your child’s baptism certificate.

     

    Preparation Schedule

    RETREATS (PLEASE CHOOSE ONE)

  • Parent-Child Retreat
    Saturday, October 19, 2019
    10:30 am – 12:30 pm 

                                 OR

     Sunday, November 3, 2019
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    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**

FIRST RECONCILIATION CELEBRATION SCHEDULE

Sat, Nov. 23, 2019

10:00 am         EPK, JV, St L and home school
11:30 am          HS, Mad, HR and any other school

If you require more information please contact Natalie Lavigne at 780-467-5470 ext. 223 or at nlavigne@olph.ca

The Sacrament of Reconciliation must be 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.

Please click on the link below to download the registration form to fill out and bring with you to the registration night.

Reconciliation and Comm. Registration Printable Form 2019-2020


 


communionFirst Communion – updated 3 October 2019

Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion:
Tuesday October 15, 2019 at 7:00pm at OLPH Parish (Child does not need to attend this meeting.)

*Missed the Registration Meeting? Please contact Natalie Lavigne at the parish 780-467-5470 ext 223 or nlavigne@olph.ca to register your child for First Communion.

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 $40.00.  The books will be available at this parent-orientation meeting. Please bring in a copy of your child’s baptism certificate. For more information please contact Natalie at 780-467-5470 or nlavigne@olph.ca  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. Each retreat option includes Mass. Please choose one:

Parent-Child Retreat (at OLPH Church)

Saturday February 22, 2020
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

OR

Sunday, March 15, 2020
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

OR

Saturday, March 21, 2020
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

OR

Saturday, April 18, 2020
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

FIRST COMMUNION GROUP CELEBRATIONS in MAY 2020

We celebrate First Communions as a parish family at regular Sunday masses. The children, their families and schools will be invited to play a special role in the mass ministries.

Sunday May 3, 2020 at 8:30am

St. Luke School

*Rehearsal Saturday, May 2 at 9:30am

Sunday May 3, 2020 at 12:30pm

Ecole Pere Kearns and Madonna Schools

*Rehearsal Saturday, May 2 at 9:30am

Saturday May 9, 2020 at 5:00pm

Jean Vanier and Holy Redeemer Schools

*Rehearsal Saturday, May 9 at 9:30am

Saturday May 23, 2020 at 5:00pm

Holy Spirit School

*Rehearsal Saturday, May 23 at 9:30am

Sunday May 24, 2020 at 12:30pm

Students who attend Home School or other schools

*Rehearsal Saturday, May 23 at 9:30am

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.

If you or someone you know would be willing to help with Sacramental Preparation for children, please contact Natalie Lavigne at the parish as soon as possible at 780-467-5470 ext 223 or nlavigne@olph.ca

Please click on the link below to download the registration form to fill out and bring with you to the registration night.

Reconciliation and Comm. Registration Printable Form 2019-2020


 


 

confirmation

Confirmation – updated October 3, 2019

Parent Registration Meeting: Tuesday October 15, 2019 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 $20.00 payable by cheque, cash or debit/credit card.

Confirmation Registration Printable Form 2019-2020

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

Confirmation Preparation includes:

  • completion of Family Workbook for parent and child at home
  • 5 mandatory classes at the church – Click here for class schedule: Confirmation brochure 2019_20 FINAL
  • online supplemental lessons that will be sent over email
  • “Now that I’m Confirmed” Retreat 

Your child will need to choose a Sponsor.  A sponsor must be a Confirmed Catholic at least 16 years of age and a good spiritual mentor for your child.  A candidate cannot have more than two sponsors, and if two they must be one male, one female.  Many candidates choose a Godparent from their baptism as their confirmation sponsor.  Parents cannot be their child’s sponsors.

 Confirmation Rehearsal

Parent OR Confirmation Sponsor must attend a Confirmation Rehearsal at the church WITH the child. Please choose:

  • Monday May 25 at 7:30pm
  • Tuesday May 26 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday May 30 at 9:30am

Confirmation will be celebrated at OLPH Parish  at the time of Pentecost, May 31 and June 1. There are two mass times to choose from, so please register to attend the celebration that will work best for your family.

Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 4:00pm

OR

 Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm

If you have any questions please contact Natalie at 780-467-5470 ext 223 or nlavigne@olph.ca



confirmation

Confirmation – updated September 27, 2020

Parent Registration Meeting: Monday, September 30, 2019 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 $20.00 payable by cheque, cash or debit/credit card.

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

Confirmation Preparation includes:

  • completion of Family Workbook for parent and child at home
  • 5 mandatory classes at the church
  • online supplemental lessons that will be sent over email
  • “Now that I’m Confirmed” Retreat 

Your child will need to choose a Sponsor.  A sponsor must be a Confirmed Catholic at least 16 years of age and a good spiritual mentor for your child.  A candidate cannot have more than two sponsors, and if two they must be one male, one female.  Many candidates choose a Godparent from their baptism as their confirmation sponsor.  Parents cannot be their child’s sponsors.

Confirmation will be celebrated at OLPH Parish on:

 Confirmation Rehearsal

TBA

Confirmation Celebrations
Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 4:00pm

 Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm

If you have any questions please contact Natalie at 780-467-5470 ext 223 or nlavigne@olph.ca



marriageMarriage

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 msenez@olph.ca

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

Marriage Preparation Dates:

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 9:00pm -2:00pm

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 mailto:msenez@olph.ca

Anniversary Blessings-Contact Monna Senez at 780-467-5470 or at msenez@olph.ca

 

 

anointingAnointing of the Sick

Please contact Sue or Betty at 780-467-5470 or at pastoralcare@olph.ca 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 caedm.ca and select Vocations

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