“The seven sacraments of the Church touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life…” (CCC 1210)
Just as we communicate with each other with gestures and actions, the signs used when receiving each of the sacraments (words and actions) reflect the unseen reality of the graces we receive which will nurture and strengthen our relationship with God and help us to love others as members of the Body of Christ/Church community.
SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION – BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION AND EUCHARIST
“Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.” (CCC 1275)
At Innaloo/Karrinyup Catholic Parish, preparation for the sacrament of Baptism is held by appointment at a time that is suitable to the family.
In receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, a person becomes a member of the Body of Christ, the Church, and is called to …develop the gift of faith and to “serve others in the communion of the Church…” (CCC 1269)
Parents seeking baptism for their child commit to a preparation programme that includes a meeting with the Parish Priest for formation and the Baptism ceremony itself. School aged children and adults are welcome to prepare for initiation into the Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) or for Adults (RCIA).
As Catholics, we believe that “The Eucharist is the heart and summit of the Church’s life…(where) Christ pours out the grace of salvation on his Body which is the Church” (CCC1407). “The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace (by which, the baptised) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 1285)
The Sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation are usually received between the ages of 8-12 years old, after the candidate has received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
SACRAMENTS OF HEALING – RECONCILIATION AND ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Christ instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation “for the conversion of the baptized who have been separated from him by sin” (CCC 1484) as a means of reuniting the person with Christ and providing them with consolation, peace, and strength in their Christian journey.
At Innaloo/Karrinyup Catholic Parish, Reconciliation is available each week:
- after the 9:00am Saturday Mass (on the first Saturday of the month) at St Dominic’s Church, Innaloo,
- before/after each of the parish weekend masses or
- by contacting the Parish Office to request the Sacrament.
Anointing of the Sick confers “a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age.” (CCC 1527)
For those seeking this sacrament, anointing with the Holy Oils is held during the 9.00 AM in St Dominic’s Church, Innaloo on the first Saturday of each month.
SACRAMENTS OF VOCATION – MARRIAGE AND HOLY ORDERS
Both “…the sacraments of vocation are directed…to the service of others to build up the People of God...” (CCC 1534)
“By [the Sacrament of Matrimony] husband and wife are strengthened and…consecrated for the faithful accomplishment of their proper duties, for the carrying out of their proper vocation even to perfection, and the Christian witness which is proper to them before the whole world” (Humanae Vitae, n. 25).
Please contact the Parish Office to make an appointment with Fr Bernard if you are seeking to be married at Innaloo/Karrinyup Catholic Parish.
“The whole Church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ…Ordered to the service (of this common priesthood of the faithful), there exists…the ministry conferred by the Sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name and in the person of Christ the Head in the mist of the community.” (CCC 1591)
Those who feel called to the priesthood should first contact the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese. The Director will speak with each person and suggest some program of prayer and charitable works that could be undertaken. He will also ask the prospective student to keep in contact with his parish priest as well as the Vocations Director.
Main Image: The Altarpiece of the Seven Sacraments, Rogier van der Weyden (1445-1450)