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SACRAMENTS

The sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion are the three primary sacraments on which the rest of our life as a Christian depends. They are called the Sacraments of Initiation. Originally they

were linked more closely together, but in recent times, they are celebrated at different milestones in our spiritual lives.

The Sacrament of Baptism, the first of the sacraments of initiation, is our entrance into the Church. Through Baptism, we are cleansed of Original Sin and receive sanctifying grace, the life of God within our souls. That grace prepares us for the reception of the other sacraments and helps us to live our lives as Christians.

As per the practice of our parish, Baptism is administered to Infants and Children every second and fourth Sunday of the month, unless otherwise indicated. It is necessary to fill out a Pre-Baptism form and submit the same in the parish office at least a week before the proposed date of Baptism. Couples from other parishes wishing to have their child baptized in our Church must submit an N.O.C. from their home parish along with the Pre-Baptism form.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion (Eucharist) is one of the Sacraments that we Catholics are allowed and encouraged to receive repeatedly—even daily, if possible. In Holy Communion we receive the Body of Christ, which unites us more closely to Him and helps us to grow in grace.

In the Eastern Churches, Holy Communion is administered to infants, immediately after Baptism and Confirmation. In the Roman Catholic Church, Holy Communion is delayed until the child reaches the age of reason. In our parish only children who are in Class V or higher, are allowed to prepare to receive this Sacrament. The preparation starts early June and goes up to the middle of November.

The Sacrament of Confirmation,one of the sacraments of initiation, is usually administered several years after First Communion. Confirmation is the perfection of Baptism, and it gives us the grace to live our life as a Christian boldly and without shame. In our parish, the practice has always been to have children who are in Class IX or higher, prepare for this Sacrament. The preparation for this Sacrament starts early June and goes up to the second week of November.

The marriage of two Christians possesses a unique character: it is a visible sign of Christ’s love to the couple, and through them, a sign of Christ’s love and living presence in the world.

The Engagement represents a special moment in the relationship, and the Church views the period of time that follows as a period of actively preparing for the commitment of marriage. It is necessary that the person intending to marry meets with one of the priests of the parish at least three months before the wedding date, to fill out the paperwork and to complete the other requirements of the Church. One of such requirements is participating in the weekend Marriage Preparation Course organized at Family Welfare Centre, Museum Road. This programme is directed at helping couples explore more deeply their decision to marry, and to assist them with useful information for their journey of life together.

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