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The Sacraments of the Church

The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation or Chrismation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.

Baptism: Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

Baptism Preparation at St. John's

Parents who request baptism for their child are required to take part in a preparation program before the baptism. Preparation sessions for St. John & St. Gertrude parents are held three times a year and are conducted by Tom Johnson. Both parents, and the child’s godparents, if possible, should take part in the two preparation sessions, preferably during the pregnancy. You may schedule your child’s baptism – once the preparation has been completed – for Sunday liturgies outside of Lent. The next series, conducted with parents from St. Gertrude and St. John’s, will be held at St. John’s in Darwin on March 14 & 19, 2002 at 7:30pm. You may register for the preparation sessions by calling Tom Johnson at (320) 693-7801 by March 6. 

A following series will be held in July.

Confirmation: Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.88 For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."

The St. John's Confirmation Program uses text books from St. Mary's Press (SMP).  SMP has on line resources available for catechists.  Check them out.

Eucharist: The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist

Penance: "Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion."

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick: "By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ."

The APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION on the SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK explains changes made to the sacrament in 1970. "The Second Vatican Council adds the following: " 'Extreme Unction,' which may also and more fittingly be called 'Anointing of the Sick,' is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as any one of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the appropriate time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived."

"We thought fit to modify the sacramental formula in such a way that, in view of the words of Saint James, the effects of the sacrament might be better expressed."

Holy Orders: Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.

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Matrimony: "The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."

 Marriage Preparation at St. John's

Couple's anticipating marriage at St. John's should contact the parish at least xxx months in advance.  Click here for additional guidelines.