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Celebrating with Children / Sacraments

Children's Liturgy of the Word:

Find more information about celebrating the Children's Liturgy of the Word during Sunday Mass on this page: Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Sacraments:

THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1210-1211:

"Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven:Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.... the Eucharist occupies a unique place as the 'Sacrament of sacraments': 'all the other sacraments are ordered to it as to their end.' "

BAPTISM -

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213:

"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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: 'Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.'"

In the Catholic tradition, infants and children are welcomed for baptism with great joy!

Those seeking baptism are asked to contact their local parish for details about preparation being offered for parents and/or godparents and registering for baptism.

Older children and adults seeking Baptism in the Catholic Church are welcomed through the process of RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Find more information about RCIA at your local parish, or see the overview at: https://rcdos.ca/rcia-joining-catholic-church 

 

CONFIRMATION & FIRST EUCHARIST - 

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285:

"Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the 'sacraments of Christian initiation,' whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that 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. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.'"

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1322-1323: 

"The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'"

In the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, the initiation sacraments have been restored to the order of Baptism-Confirmation-Eucharist, with baptized children of catechetical age receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at the same celebration at which they receive their first Holy Communion, usually around the age of 7 or 8 years. 

Read the Q&A about the Restored Order of Christian Iniation Sacframents at: https://rcdos.ca/evangelization-and-catechesis/restored-order-initiation  

 

 

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