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
  • December 13, 2017
  • January 10, 2018
  • February 7. 2018
  • April 11, 2018
  • May 9, 2018
  • June 13, 2018

Baptism Celebration Dates 2017-2018

  • September 24, 2017
  • October 15, 2017
  • October 22, 2017 (FULL)
  • November 19, 2017(FULL)
  • December 17, 2017(FULL)
  • January 21, 2018(FULL)
  • January 28, 2018
  • February 11. 2018
  • April 15, 2018
  • April 22, 2018
  • May 20, 2018
  • May 27, 2018
  • June 17, 2018
  • June 24, 2018
  • July 15, 2018
  • July 22,2018
  • August 19, 2018
  • August 26, 2018

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



  • Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion:


The Sacrament of Reconciliation can be celebrated Saturdays at 10:00am.

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

If you missed First Reconciliation please contact Monna 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.



  • First Communion

  • Reconciliation and Comm. Registration Form 2017-2018

  • If you missed the parent meeting for First Communion please contact Monna at 780-467-5470 or msenez@olph.caChildren 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.
  • Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion:
  • Monday October 2 at 7:00 pm at OLPH church. 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

First Eucharist (Communion):

In addition to the parent meeting there is Communion retreat for the parent and child. You may choose either:  

  • Saturday, January 27 , 2018 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm


  • Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 1:00-3:00pm

These retreats will take place at OLPH Church.

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

Sunday-April 22nd Holy Spirit 5:00pm Mass

Saturday, April 28th EPK and HR 5:00pm Mass

Sunday, April 29th JV and Madonna 10:30am Mass

 Sunday, May 6th St. Luke, Home Schooled, Public Schools at 8:30am Mass

 Sunday, June 3rd 1St communions for those who have not attended one of the other Masses 10:30am Mass

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 these retreats (one or both), please contact Monna Senez at the parish as soon as possible at

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






Confirmation Registration Form 2017-2018

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

Monday, January 29, 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).

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

Saturday, December 2, 2017 1:00-6:00pm
Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 1:00-6:00pm

There will also be a retreat day for Grade 6 students in EICS schools in Sherwood Park. The date is February 20th from 9:30am-2:00pm and will be during the school day.
Please note this retreat is for students only, parents are not required to attend.

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.

Confirmation will be celebrated at OLPH Parish on
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00pm
Monday, April 9, 2018   at 7:00pm

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


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