Sacramental Preparation

Baptisms: Please note that if you do not live in our parish area, you must obtain a letter of permission from your local parish priest stating that you have received baptismal preparation for your child’s baptism at his parish.  Also please know that at least one godparent must be chosen, and if two godparents are desired, one must be female and one must be male.  Godparents should be at least 16 years old, and they must be practicing Catholics who attend Mass every week and they must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.






Confirmation:In the Archdiocese of Ottawa the normal age for conferring this Sacrament on baptized Catholics is 11 years or older.  Registration and preparation is at the parish level, regardless of school affiliations.








First Holy Communion:The normal age for reception to the Eucharist is 7 years or older.  Registration forms are given directly to the candidates at one of the weekend Masses.  All learning materials will be provided free of charge by the parish.  We are here to help, but not replace, you, the parents, as the primary educators of your children.  It is the parents’ duty to prepare your children using the parish resources and your personal example of prayer and lifestyle.  More information can be found in the parish bulletin.






Sacrament of Penance:(Also known as Confession, Reconciliation, Forgiveness, Peace):

For 1st Confession, preparation is part of the child’s First Holy Communion preparation.

Confessions are otherwise regularly available before Masses or by appointment.  Guest priests also come to the parish once during Advent and once during Lent.






Sacrament of Matrimony:  Please contact Father Anthony at least six months in advance of hoped for wedding date.  You may begin the online marriage preparation course at that if you like.  This course will help you enter more deeply into the Catholic understanding of marriage and help you strengthen your present relationship.  If neither you nor your fiancé live in our parish, we will need a letter of permission from your local parish priest.






Sacrament of the Sick:(Formerly known as Extreme Unction): This sacrament of healing and strengthening is for those who are seriously sick, or who are to undergo surgery, or for the elderly.  If you are diagnosed with a serious disease or illness, please make use of this powerful sacrament as soon as possible.  It is not to be reserved only for those on their deathbed!  Let God perform a miracle according to His will!







Sacrament of Holy Orders:  If you are a Catholic man who senses that Jesus is calling you to ordained ministry as a deacon or a priest, please let Father Anthony know and/or contact the Archdiocese of Ottawa Vocations Director, at 613-738-5025.







Religious Life as a Consecrated Sister or Brother:Do you sense a call from Jesus to dedicate your life in this special way?  Father Anthony may be able to assist you in finding a community.  You may also find some answers at however not all the Catholic religious communities are listed there.







Annulments:  An annulment is not a Catholic divorce.  Divorce is a civil law matter and does not dissolve a valid marriage in the eyes of God.  An annulment is a formal declaration from the duly delegated Marriage Tribunal that after proper investigation a given relationship lacked something essential to a valid marriage, even though at the time the parties thought they were entering into a valid marriage.  A marriage between a man and a woman, even if neither is baptized, is always assumed to be valid until proven otherwise.  Any priest should be able to help you determine if there might be grounds for an investigation to go forward.  Sometimes it is very easy to prove that an apparent marriage was not valid, so please talk to a priest.  If a declaration of nullity is issued, the parties are usually free to marry someone else in the Church, since their previous union was not actually valid; therefore they were never actually married.  An annulment is necessary when a Catholic wants to either “remarry” or marry a non-Catholic who has gone through a marriage ceremony of any kind with someone else.  This is because a person cannot be married to two different persons at the same time, and, as stated above, civil divorce does not actually dissolve a valid marriage.  Every baptized Catholic must be married in a Catholic church before the parish priest where the marriage takes place, or before a person duly delegated by the parish priest.  Not everything that is legal in a country or province is permissible in the Church.  Remarriage after a divorce is one example.  These are some of the reasons why remarriage is not possible for a Catholic, and why an annulment is needed.  Although there are administrative costs for an annulment, inability to pay the full costs do not prevent the process, so do not let money keep you from proceeding.