Information on Sacraments & Miscellaneous
Before the birth of the first child (or if the couple have never attended a Pre-Baptism Course), the couple have to undergo Pre-Baptism Catechesis for which they have to register in the Parish Office, preferably in the early months of pregnancy. The course is required for all couples. To get your child baptised, contact the parish Office for the registration form.
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 oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."
"The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit."
Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all.
In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: "Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking."
Those intending to get married should (a) check into the availability of the Church for a Wedding Mass as early as possible; (b) attend a Marriage Preparation Course organised by the diocese atleast 6 months before the marriage; (c) meet any priest around 6 months before the wedding for the necessary papers to be done. Marriages are not allowed to take place on Ash Wednesday, Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday. Marriages during Lent specially on Sundays of Lent are strongly discouraged and to a lesser degree during the season of Advent.
This Sacrament is administered to people who are seriously ill or undergoing some major/critical surgery. Priests are available at any time when there is urgent need for anointing of the sick. A member of the family/friend/neighbour should preferably come to the Church to inform the priest. Those are chronically/ordinarily ill can avail of the Sacrament of the Eucharist through the Eucharist Ministers TO the Sick who are commissioned to pray for the sick person.
When there is a death in the family and funeral arrangements have to be made, please contact the parish Office with a copy of the hospital/doctor's death certificate to make arrangements for the Mass and the grave.