According to Catechism of the Catholic Church:
"The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions." (CCC 1131).
"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:1 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." (CCC 1210).
" 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. "
/ CCC 1213/
Parents need to request baptism at least two weeks before they wish to have their child baptized. We request: a copy of birth certificate, catholic church marriage certificate and a letter of eligibility of godparents from their current parish stating that they meet all requirements to act as a godparent.
Baptism takes place during Holy Mass on Sunday. The Baptism may be scheduled at another time in exceptional circumstances only.
Parents should go to Confession before Baptism of their child (if their legal situation so permits). Godparents should go to Confession before Baptism as well. The Confession takes place before Holy Mass.
Parents and Godfathers should recieve Holy Communion during Holy Mass. It is good to offer the prayers after Communion to the child.
Requirements of Godparents:
CONFIRMATION (OR CHRISMATION)
" 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."89 "
Confirmation candidates must make a request in September.
Candidates must provide a certificate of Baptism as soon as possible after the beginning of confirmation educational programme.
The Confirmation candidates prepare for the Sacrament through:
The Candidate must choose a confirmation name sufficiently in advance (must be a name of a saint). The patron should be a person with a similiar personality to the personality of the candidate. The choice should not be dictated by the trends or an opinion of other people.
Godparents should be the sponsors of the Confirmation. When it is not possible, then the sponsor must be a practicing Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation or a parent of the candidate.
THE EUCHARIST AND FIRST COMMUNION
" The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life."
First Confession and First Communion of a children takes place after two year preparation programme in our Parish. The date is set during the organizational meeting with parents.
Basic Sacrament prepareration takes place under parish catechism classes. Parents of the children that are members of our community but attend schools outside the Parish should request the Sacramnet in September (at a beginning of a schoolyear). Baptism certificate of a child must be provided within the time limit set by a priest. (Does not apply to children baptised in our Parish)
We encourage the parents and children to attend Sunday Holy Mass throughout the year.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ."
The members of family of the sick are bound to ask a priest for the Sacrament. In a case of a serious illness it is recommended to ask a priest earlier, because Anointing of the Sick is a Sacrament od straightening. The Sacrament can be recieved multiple times, not only in extremal cases.
Preparations of the apartment: table covered in a white tablecloth, a crucifix, a candle, cotton balls, drinkable water for the Sick. The housemates should pray toghether during the Sacrament.
Anointing of the Sick can be administered in following cases:
THE SACRAMENT CANNOT BE ADMINISTERED TO DEAD PERSON
The priest should be called as quick as possible with no regard for time of the day or night.
" 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."
On the first Thursday of each month the Catholics pray for sanctifitation of clergy and new calls for the priesthood and monastery and mission vocations.
" 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. "
Engaged couple need to request Marriage at least three months before the date they want to get married. Necessary informations about formalities for Marriage will be then provided.
Following documents must be provided by engaged couple a month before Marriage (during preperatory meeting):