SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

“According the the Church’s Command, after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.”  However, the Church encourages Catholics to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance at least monthly throughout our lifetime so that we can benefit from the graces obtained through reception of this Sacrament.

This Sacrament reconciles us with God and joins us to him in intimate friendship.  It also reconciles us with the Church and revitalizes her life which we have weakened by our sin.

***NOTE:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Saturdays beginning at 4:00 pm in the Church.

Confessions are also available by appointment.  Please contact the Rectory 905-833-1161

THE SACRAMENT OF EUCHARIST

“The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation”

“The Eucharist is the ‘source and summit of the christian life’.  The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are iriented toward.”

If from the beginning Christians have celebrated the Eucharist and in a form whose substance has not changed despite the great diversity of times and liturgies, it is because we know ourselves to be bound by the command the Lord gave on the eve of his Passion: “Do this in remembrance of me.”

We carry out this command of the Lord by celebrating the memorial of his sacrifice.  In so doing, we offer to the Father what he has himself given us:  the gifts of his creation, bread and wine which, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the words of Christ, have become the body and blood of Christ.  Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present.

We must there fore consider the Eucharist as

  • thanksgiving and praise to the Father, the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his Body;
  • the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Spirit.

FIRST RECONCILIATION – Children (Grades 2 or 3)

Children must be prepared simultaneously for the two sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist since the opportunity of receiving both according to the designated order begins at the same time.  The universal law of the Church states that First Communion is to be preceded by Sacramental confession (canon 914).  Given that a child who has the idea of God, which is necessary for First Communion, could also grasp the concept of sin, priests, parents and catechists may not determine without proper consultation whether or not children may receive First Communion before First Reconciliation.

The basis for this preparation is not so much the state of sin in which a child may be but rather the formative and pastoral alm to educate to the true Christian spirit of penance and conversion, to growth in self-knowledge and self-control, to the sense of sin, to the necessity of asking for pardon from God and above all to a loving and confident abandonment to the mercy of the Lord.  (Norms for Sacramental Preparation, Archdiocese of Toronto, 78,80).

FIRST COMMUNION- Children (Grades 2 or 3)

The decision concerning an individual child’s readiness to receive First Communion rests in the first place with the child’s parents in consultation with the child’s parish priest and teacher(s).  However, it is the duty of the parish priest to see to it that children who have not yet reached the use of reason, or whom he has judged to be insufficiently prepared, do not come to Holy Communion (canon 914).

Adequate preparation (in the Archdiocese of Toront0 is understood to be the successful completion of the initial preparation for this sacrament (either in a Catholic school or in a parish) and of the immediate preparation provided by the parish for all First Communion candidates (e.g. enrollment of all candidates for First Eucharist and, where these exist, additional classes).  (Norms for Sacramental Preparation, Archdiocese of Toronto, 76).

THE EUCHARISTIC FAST

The regulation for fasting is considered a means of spiritual preparation for receiving the Eucharist and a symbol of reverence for the sacrament.  The Eucharistic Fast is limited to one hour before actually receiving the Eucharist.  It pertains to all solid foods and drinks, except water.  Taking medicine does not break the fast.  The fast applies to priests who celebrate the Mass and to the faithful, regardless of what time of day the Mass is celebrated and Communion is received.  Those who are sick, in hospitals – even if not confined to bed – and those caring for the sick, may receive communion even if they have taken food during the previous hour.