We emerge from the waters of Baptism a NEW person; we are given a candle lighted from the Easter candle. We hear the words: Receive the light of Christ. May it always be kept burning brightly. Baptism purifies us from sin and gives us new birth in the Holy Spirit (CCC 1262). Listen to the powerful words of St. Paul to Timothy, "For this reason I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control (2 Tim 6-7).
For Infants: The Sacrament of Baptism is usually celebrated the first and third Sunday of the month following the 11:30 a.m. Mass in Church. Occasionally we can arrange another time or during a Sunday Mass. For a child to be baptized at St. Gerard Majella, the parents must be members of our parish and faithful Catholics. To assure that parents have a full understanding of what it means to have their child Baptized into the Catholic faith they will be asked to attend a learning and faith-sharing gathering. Materials for Godparents are available. This can be coordinated by the parish office at 306244 2983.
For School-Age Children: Ready, Set, Grow Children who have reached the age of reason, (usually seven or older), who have not been baptized or who have been baptized in another faith, and/or who have not received the Sacraments of the Eucharist or Reconciliation at the traditional age of second grade, may seek membership in the Catholic Church through this process. The children’s progress in faith education and spiritual formation depends on the help and example of their companions and the influence of their parents. Parent involvement is essential. Call the parish office at 306 244 2983 .
For Adults: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process in which a person who is not baptized or baptized in another faith denomination journeys with others like them and other Catholics to be fully initiated in the Catholic faith. It is a process of formation. There are four steps in this formation process which culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The parish community, through its prayers, witness, worship, service, and catechesis, offers the invitation and support for the men and women to be initiated into the Catholic Church. Weekly meetings are held beginning in September and ending in May. Call the parish office at (306) 244-2983 .
Jesus Christ is always reaching out to us, to draw us closer to him. Even when we sin, Jesus is there with us, offering us his healing love and forgiveness. All we have to do is ask with a firm decision to turn away from sin. Every sin breaks our relationship with each other as Church. We Catholics are fortunate to be able to celebrate God’s loving forgiveness and our reunion with the family of God, the Church, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called "Confession" or "Penance") is celebrated on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:00 pm and Saturday afternoon from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, Other times may be arranged by appointment by contacting one of our priests. For children, formal preparation for the first reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation normally begins in first grade in our Parish School of religion and our parish elementary school. First reception of. Reconciliation of the Sacrament occurs in the fall of second grade. If you have a child in third grade or older and who has not received First Reconciliation or First Eucharist help in preparing your child for these Sacraments is only a phone call away. Please call the parish office.
Eucharist and Confirmation
Holy Eucharist, in the words of St. Thomas Aquinas, is the "Sacrament of sacraments" (S TH III, 65,3) celebrates unity, a Holy Communion, with God and with each other. As we receive the Body and Blood of Christ, you and I become Holy Communion for the world. Jesus offered us the greatest gift of all—himself. We offer, celebrate and receive that great gift each time to come to Mass. As Catholics, our greatest prayer is the Mass. For those who are homebound, and cannot join us at Mass, we have parish ministers who bring the Body of Christ homes. Please call the parish office to make arrangements.
Sacraments of Communion/Confirmation: The Sacrament of Communion nourishes the Christian disciple with Christ’s body and blood for his/her transformation in Christ. While the Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens and seals the gifts of the Holy Spirit given to us through the gift of our Baptism. These two sacraments are celebrated together (at the same liturgy) in Grade Two. Preparation for these sacraments will begin in the fall.
For Adults - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process in which a person who is not baptized or baptized in another faith denomination journeys with others like them and other Catholics to be fully initiated in the Catholic faith. It is a process of formation. There are four steps in this formation process which culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The parish community, through its prayers, witness, worship, service, and catechesis, offers the invitation and support for the men and women to be initiated into the Catholic Church. Weekly meetings are held beginning in September and ending in May. Call parish office at 306 244 2983.
Confirmation is saying "Yes" to the promises first made at baptism. At our baptism, our parents and our godparents spoke for us. At Confirmation, it is our voice that is heard. We promise to reject Satan and all his empty promises. Confirmation increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us and completes our initiation into the Church. During Confirmation, The Laying on of Hands, when the Bishop extends his hands and prays over those to be confirmed echoes the Old Testament gesture as a sign of blessing and the passing on of authority. In the New Testament, by a touch of His hand, Jesus gave blessings and performed miracles and the Apostles delegated leadership. That is the opportunity being offered to us at Confirmation.
Anointing of the Sick
The sacramental life of our Church is a great source of comfort, strength and grace. We celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness, old age, or awaiting surgery. Through this sacrament, we support the sick in their struggle against illness and we continue Christ’s work of healing and message of hope and comfort. It is a great support for the sick to have family and friends present during this special time of prayer and anointing.
Arrangements for weddings must be made in person by the parties to the proposed marriage at least six months in advance of the wedding and prior to setting a firm date. This will allow sufficient time for the couple to complete the required FOCCUS survey, to attend the pre-marriage programs and to prepare a proper celebration of the sacrament. Call the Parish Office as ask to speak to one of the priests to arrange any Marriage preparations.