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SACRAMENTS

The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.

If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. To learn more about the individual sacraments, please read below. You'll find easy-to-understand articles and a good sample of common questions and answers.

BAPTISM

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptised as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

Please contact the Parish Secretary to arrange for Baptism preparation, a minimum of 6 week's notice is required and one family member shall be a Catholic, preferably both parents.




EUCHARIST

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. 


"To visit the Blessed Sacrament is ... a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord." — Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1418. Blessed Sacrament is a devotional term used in the Roman Catholic Church to refer to the eucharistic species (the Body and Blood of Christ).









RECONCILIATION

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.


Reconciliation is available 30 minutes before Mass or by appointment.



CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

A candidate shall go through the prescribed sylabus and shall regulary attend Catechism classes and attend Mass.

MARRIAGE

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.

HOLY ORDERS

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.





ANNOINTING THE SICK

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

Please contact the Parish secretary if you are sick to arrange visitation as well as being placed on the sick list so that the Parish may Pray for you.



ADDRESS
150 Rossini Blvd
Vanderbijlpark
1911
South Africa

CONTACTS
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Phone: +27 (0)16 933 2563
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