There are seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church which are essential for salvation and living the life that Christ intended us to live. Of these seven, there are three important Sacraments that initiate an individual and welcome him or her into the family of Christ –Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. Baptism is the Sacrament of the foundation which brings back the life of God and frees one from original sin. Confirmation is the Sacrament of initiation that strengthens one’s faith. In Holy Communion Catholics receive the Body and Blood of Christ to be a part of his sacrifice. These three Sacraments serve to confirm, strengthen, and increase one’s faith and closeness with the community of Christ.
In the next few weeks in our Parish we will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation and we will witness the joy of children receiving Holy Communion for the first time. On Sunday 9th June at 10.30am Mass, Monsignor Matthew Dickens will confirm 32 young people of our parish, sealing the covenant made on their Baptism and confirming their full membership in the Holy Catholic Church. A week after, on Saturday 15th June at 10.00am Mass and on Sunday 16th June at 10.30am Mass over 50 children will receive the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. This is a great joy for our parish community, but also a major responsibility. We must pray hard that the good fruit of faith in so many young Catholics may grow, and that we may be good witnesses of God’s love.