Baptism forgives all sins that may have been committed prior to a person’s baptism including original sin, mortal sins, and venial sins, and it relieves the punishment for those sins. It makes the newly baptized person “a new creature. “This sacrament turns the person into a newly adopted son of God and a member of Christ. Baptism incorporates one into the Church which is the body of Christ.
At St. Martins Baptism are done every third Sunday of the month. In order to be Baptized, candidates must attend meeting that is held on the first two Monday’s of each month. For more information contact the parish office.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and aspect of the Catholic Church. Christ Jesus in is abundant love and mercy initiate the sacrament of Reconciliation, so that sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reunite with God. Reconciliation wash away our inequities and cleanse us in the name of Jesus. Reconciliation is done throughout the year at St. Martins.
First Holy Communion
The sacrament of First Communion is an important tradition for Catholic families and individuals. For Catholics, Holy Communion is the third of seven sacraments received. It occurs only after receiving Baptism, and once the person has reached the age of reason first confession must precede the first reception of the Eucharist. First Holy Communion is offered once a year, this year it will be on the 15 May, 2016.
Catholics believe the Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the growth process on the natural level. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead. Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny. Childhood is a time when you’re told what to do, and you react positively to reward and negatively to punishment. Adulthood, even young adulthood, means that you must do what’s right on your own, not for the recognition or reward but merely because it’s the right thing to do.
Confirmation is done once every year at St. Martin on 29 May, 2016.
Marriage is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. As such, it is a supernatural institution, as well as a natural one. The Church, therefore, restricts sacramental marriage to men and women who meet certain requirements.
To be married at St. Martins, couple must first meet with pastor, give a 3 months’ notice for the wedding Banns to be published. There after the couple will then engage in a premarital session. After the couple has completed the session, they will meet with the pastor to give updates and proceed with the wedding.
Anointing of the sick
The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.