Today, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates seven ‘Sacraments’.
A Sacrament is a sign of a particular grace which strengthens our faith and spiritual life and draws us into greater union and intimacy with God.
The Sacraments can be placed into three catagories;
1. The Sacraments of Initiation
2. The Sacraments of Healing
3. The Sacraments at the Service of Communion and the Mission of the Faithful
SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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.
(From the Catechism of the Catholic Church.)
Our Parish community welcomes each individual baptised in our church with great joy. In St Mary’s Parish baptisms take place on every Sunday of the month in our Cathedral (except for Sundays when Holy Communion, Confirmation or other extraordinary celebrations occur). Families bring those to be baptised to 12 noon Mass where they are welcomed to their Christian Family, our Parish Community just before the final blessing. The Baptism Ceremony then continues in the Cathedral Baptistry immediately after Mass. If you would like to arrange for the Baptism of your child please contact the Parish Office with one months’ notice on 071 916 2670, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text our Baptism Coordinators, Mary Meehan and Therese Thompson on 086 162 1875. For more information about contacts, see Ministries: Liturgical click here
BAPTISM IN ST MARY’S PARISH
To acknowledge the central role that the Sacrament of Baptism plays on the journey of faith Sligo Parishes Cluster (The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; St Anne’s & Carraroe; Strandhill & Ransboro; Rosses Point; St Joseph’s & Calry) have an initiative for parents who are preparing to have a child baptised. This is intended to help parents to deepen their own understanding of baptism and to prepare them better for their responsibilities as Christian parents. Parents and their chosen Godparents are invited to join one hour of reflection in St Michael’s Family Life Centre, Church Hill. This course will take place on the third Thursday of every month at 8:00 p.m. and is completely free of charge. Parents must attend this course prior to the baptism of each child.
SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST – FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
The pupils of Scoil Ursula, St. John’s and the Gael Scoil receive their First Holy Communion in the Cathedral during the month of May each year.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered by the Bishop for the pupils of Scoil Ursula, St. John’s and the Gael Scoil during the months of May or June. Anyone else in the parish who hasn’t received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and who would like to receive it, should contact their local priest, and he will make the necessary arrangements.