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SACRAMENTS

A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism

Christ Himself ordered His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations and to baptize those who accept the message of the Gospel. In His encounter with Nicodemus (John 3: 1-21), Christ made it clear that baptism was necessary for salvation: "Amen, amen I say to thee unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." For Catholics, the sacrament is not a mere formality; it is the very mark of a Christian because it brings us into a new life in Christ.

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First Reconciliation & First Communion

This is an invitation for your children to join in the process of preparation for these sacraments to be celebrated at St. Justin's Parish.

Grade 2 is an especially grace-filled time for students at our schools (St. Anthony French Immersion, St. Francis, and Sir Arthur Carty) Children are being offered the opportunity to meet the Risen Lord and the merciful Father in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), as well as to receive Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion).

Confirmation

"Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit." - Acts 8:14-17

Baptism, the Eucharist and Confirmation together constitute the sacraments of Christian Initiation. Confirmation more perfectly binds the baptized person to Christ and His Church and brings an increase and deepening of the grace further completing our Baptism. This seal of the Holy Spirit bestows on us spiritual gifts which help us to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.

Holy Matrimony

The Catholic Church cares deeply about marriage. Therefore, the Church takes marriage preparation very seriously. We believe that proper preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage is vital to developing the skills and attitude required for making a commitment that is free, fruitful and faithful. We want couples to be happily married...for life.

"Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family --a domestic church."
Pope John Paul II

Holy Orders

The personal vocation of each one of us takes shape in the unique combination of talents, personal characteristics, relationships and life circumstances – including both our common Christian vocation and our state in life – that point to the special role God wants us to play in his redemptive plan.
 
When people speak of “vocation,” they usually mean vocation in the second sense – state in life. Most Christians are called by God to the married state, and some are called to the state of single laypersons living in the world. But Jesus also chooses certain men to act in his Person through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the other sacraments; they are called to be priests. Others are called to a ministry of service as permanent deacons (The Rite of Acolyte). And still others, both women and men, are called to what is known as consecrated life – a way of life marked by the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience – whose most familiar expression is religious life. 

Anointing of the Sick

This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord” (CCC 1511; Mark 6:13; Jas. 5:14-15).

The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for “this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matt. 8:17).