Good preparation for the sacraments is an ideal means of evangelizing.

“All Sacraments are an encounter with Christ, who is himself the original sacrament. 

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There are sacraments of Initiation, which introduce the recipient into the faith:

Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

There are sacraments of healing:

Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick.

And there are sacraments of communion and mission:

Matrimony and Holy Orders.”
(You Cat # 193)

The Role of Parents:

Parents have the primary responsibility as educators of their children in the faith.  The Parish and School help parents to fulfill their task.  Training sessions for parents at the parish to teach and prepare their children for the sacraments is the ideal. 

The Role of the Schools:

Parents register their children in Catholic Schools expecting religious formation and education.  Sacramental preparation is not the responsibility of the Catholic School.  It is a shared responsibility.  Parents, Parishes and Catholic Schools need to collaborate in preparing children for the sacraments.

The Role of the Parish:

The Parish is to welcome, encourage and support parents in forming their children in faith.

The parish and parents assume the preparation of children for the sacraments and the celebration of the sacraments.  Textbooks and teaching materials should be those recommended by the Canadian Bishops.   The Parish Church is the place where Sacraments are to be celebrated.

For more information see:

December 27, 2006 Pastoral Letter to the Faithful of the Diocese of St. Paul on the Restoration of the Order of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation Bishop Luc Bouchard

Catechism of the Catholic Church – Section Two – The Seven Sacraments of the Church #1210 – 1666

You Cat – Section Two – The Seven Sacraments of the Church # 193 - 271

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.  Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission…”  

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213

Baptism is the first step into initiation in the Church.  At baptism the individual receives God’s grace and becomes a member of God’s family.

Reconciliation is one of the sacraments of healing.  

It is called:

  • the sacrament of conversion … CCC 1423
  • the sacrament of Penance… CCC 1423
  • the sacrament of confession… CCC 1424
  • the sacrament of forgiveness… CCC 1424

“It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor 5:20)  He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.” (Mt 5:24)” CCC 1424

“… the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  For “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.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285

Children must receive the sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation prior to Confirmation.

“The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.” CCC # 1322
It is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”  Lumen Gentium 11.

To receive the sacrament, the child needs to have the desire to receive Christ, and to be able to distinguish the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Jesus.  Eucharist is a repeatable sacrament.

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church …”   # 1536 Catechism of the Catholic Church

Everyone is strongly encouraged to pray for vocations to Holy Orders. 

“The Lord himself showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do likewise.” #5, Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum.

The sacrament of the anointing of the sick is a repeatable sacrament.

The Catholic Church, as a community of believers in Jesus, truly desires that each couple who marries in the Church, has a happy marriage leading to fullness of life.  The Church wishes to accompany all couples with loving support as you prepare for marriage.  Marriage Preparation is a requirement as part of your wedding preparations in the Church.  This is an opportunity for you and your fiancé to grow in an even more fruitful and committed relationship with one another.