The Sacraments

Sacraments

The Seven Sacraments were instituted by Christ, himself, to give Grace to mankind. The term "Sacrament" is best defined as "An outward sign instituted by Christ to give Grace". When we consider the definition, we break it into three parts; 

         1. "An Outward Sign": Because we are humans, Christ needed material symbols that we humans could attach to, understand and/or perceive. These are the "Things (Water and Oil) and Words or Gestures that we use when conferring a Sacrament.

         2. Instituted by Christ: Jesus Christ "Created" the seven Sacraments from when He began His public life, until His death on the Cross. When He Ascended into Heaven, there was an end to the creating of Sacraments. There will always be seven Sacraments... no more, no less. The Church can not institute new Sacraments. 

         3. To give Grace: Jesus instituted the Sacraments for the essential purpose of conferring God's Grace upon us humans.

Sacramental Preparation

Baptism

Schedule:

  • Baptism Preparation for Parents and Sponsors - Every First Sunday at 1:00 pm
  • Baptism Celebrations - Every Second and Third Sunday at 1:00 pm

To register, both the mother and father of the child should come to the parish office. You will need to bring your child's birth certificate, showing proof of parentage.


Registration Form:

  • Baptism of a Child *Leave the signature/witness section blank. This section will be completed at the time of registration, witnessed by one of our staff.



First Reconciliation & First Holy Eucharist
At Corpus Christi, we typically hold sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist twice per year; once in the Spring, and once in the Fall. Click here for the dates of our next session - Fall 2022.



Confirmation
Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation is held once per year. Our next session will be in the Spring of 2023. A detailed schedule is not yet available.

For more information, please contact the parish office at 780.466.7576.

Sacramental Preparation: Rite of Christian Initiation

These rites are intended for:

  • Individuals who have not yet received the sacrament of Baptism, who are of catechetical age (seven years or over), or
  • Individuals validly baptized in another ecclesial community who seek initiation into the Catholic Church.

If you would like to learn more, or register for one of these programs, please contact the parish office at 780.466.7576, or email as indicated below.


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) - Ages 14+               Contact Deacon Gem               gem.mella@caedm.ca


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) - Ages 7 to 14      Contact the Parish Office         CorpusChristi.Edm@caedm.ca

Sacraments of Initiation

  • Baptism

    Baptism is the foundation of Life in the Church. It is through Baptism that we are freed from the original sin which we are born with and are reborn as Children of God. Baptism is the first Sacrament in the Sacraments of Initiation, the other two are Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Baptism is also the first Sacrament received chronologically, since all others are dependent on it, therefore making it the Gateway to all other Sacraments.

  • Confirmation

    Although many receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in their early teenage years, long after they have already received First Holy Eucharist, Confirmation is considered the second of the Sacraments of Initiation. In some writings, Confirmation is considered to be the "perfecting" of the Baptism, in that 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."

  • Holy Eucharist

    The Holy Eucharist is the third and final of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation. 

     

    "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."

     

    - The Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • RCIA & RCIC

    The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and the Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for Children are extensions of the Sacrament of Baptism. These programs are offered to allow children and adults who were never baptized to explore joining our Faith Community.

Sacraments of Healing

  • Anointing of the Sick

    The Sacrament of Anointing the Sick is conferred by Priests, upon all who are experiencing illness, effects of aging, injury and especially those preparing to die

  • Reconciliation

    The Sacrament of Reconciliation is Jesus' recognition that we are humans. When we are baptized, our original sin is washed away and we receive the Grace of Christian Initiation. But Jesus knew that many would forget their Baptismal promises and may fall into sin. Since His mercy is infinite, it is natural that He would provide us a means to receive His Grace through the heartfelt and mindful confession of the sins, and a genuine want for the satisfaction of forgiveness through penance.

The Sacraments of Serving the Church

and the Mission of the Faithful

The Sacrament of Matrimony

"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."


-The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Pt 2, Sec. 2, Chpt. 3, Article 7, 1601

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.


- The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Pt 2, Sec. 2, Chpt. 3, Article 6, 1536