Sacraments

Fr. Dean and the Sacraments

 

At St. John the Evangelist, we are happy to be able to celebrate all the different stages of you and your families life in Christ. We have excellent preparation programs for the Sacraments. Below is information about how to begin preparing for the Sacraments.

Sacramental Preparations

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Baptism Preparation

Your baby’s baptism is a time for celebration and joy. And, naturally, you want the best for your baby. We hope to help plan and prepare for the baptisms in the best possible way.  Some people think of baptism simply as something else to “get done”. They speak of baptism as having the baby “done”. That’s unfortunate, as baptism is the birth into the Christian Community and is in every way as solemn and important as birth itself. It’s an event that needs to be prepared for.

Your most important preparation is to look at your own faith. Your baby will be born with your features and will pick up your mannerisms. As he or she gets older your child will grow up, too, with your faith. The very fact that you have asked to have your baby baptized is a sure sign that you recognize the importance of God in your life. From the earliest days, children too young to answer for themselves have been baptized, usually as they accompanied their parents into the church, for the Church recognizes the desire of Christian parents to share the life of Christ with their children. Jesus Christ like you, wants the best for your child. Your efforts will not only help your baby grow up in the love of God; they will also help you to grow. As you teach your child to pray, you yourself will deepen your prayer; as you teach your child to appreciate the Mass, your own faith will be enriched. Your baby’s baptism is only the beginning of a new life in which you will grow closer to one another in the family and close to God. The Church welcomes your child into its midst with love and prayers for the future peace and happiness of your family in years ahead.

Baptism Preparation is a pre-requisite for all parents seeking to baptize their children. Please contact the parish office at 780-452-3988 for the Baptism Preparation Schedule. 

You must contact the Parish before you plan your child's Baptism. Please allow at least two months notice. 

There are no Baptisms during the Lenten season.


Baptism

  • A  copy of the child’s Birth Certificate is required with both parent’s names listed.
  • The consent form to Baptize the child must be signed by both parents: the birth mother and birth father or the legally adoptive mother and legally adoptive father.
  • A copy of the parent’s Baptism Certificates are required.
  • Godparents are required to be Confirmed Catholic.

 

Godparents / Sponsors

  • One Godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be two, one of each gender.
  • A Godparent must be 16 years of age, have received the three Catholic Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, the Eucharist, and Confirmation, and actively practice their faith.
  • A Baptized person who belongs to another Christian denomination (eg. Anglican, Lutheran, United Church, etc.) may be admitted as long as there is one Catholic Godparent. This person is not to be called a Godparent, but is considered a witness to the Baptism.
  • The Godparent and witness should not be of the same gender.
  • A non-Baptized person may not serve as either a Godparent or a witness to baptism.

 

Questions Frequently Asked by Godparents

What is the role of a Godparent / Sponsor?
Godparents fulfill several roles:

  • They are the official representatives of the Christian community who “Sponsor” the child for initiation into the Church. Together with the parents, they present the child for Baptism.
  • They act as Catholic role models for the child whom they sponsor.
  • They are to assist the parents in the Christian up-bringing of the child.

Can anyone be a Godparent?
Because of the important roles which the Godparents / Sponsors fill, the Church requires that they meet certain criteria. A Godparent must be 16 years of age, have received the three Catholic Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, the Eucharist, and Confirmation, and actively practice their faith. A Godparent is one who can truthfully answer the question put to them in the Baptism ritual: “Are you ready to help these parents in their duty as Christian mothers and fathers?”

Can a non-Baptized person be a godparent?
No – because it is not possible for a non-Baptized person to be a Christian role model, to help in the Christian up-bringing of the Child, or to make the Christian profession of faith required of Godparents.

 

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The sacrament of Confirmation completes initiation into the Christian faith; Baptism is sealed in Confirmation. 
The Sunday Eucharist renews both of these sacraments throughout one’s life.
 

Confirmation unites us more closely to Jesus through receiving the Holy Spirit in this sacrament.
We continue on our life-long faith journey strengthened by the gifts of the Spirit, with the spiritual grace necessary to live the Christian life.
 

It is never too late to receive this sacrament, and we have young people in grades 6-11, and adults who prepare in different sessions such as RCIA. If your child is not ready for Confirmation this year they are welcome to come for 2023-2024.



CONFIRMATION 2024-2025
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE OFFICE BY OCTOBER 15, 2024 TO PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS SACRAMENT.


Confirmation is celebrated when your child is in grade 6, Junior High, High School or as an adult. Confirmation candidates can prepare for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist at the same time as Confirmation. It is never too late to receive these any of these sacraments! Please contact the Parish office by phone at 780-452-3988 or email at sje@caedm.ca by Oct.15 to let us know you are interested.

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We help families to prepare their children for first Confession. Baptized children are ready for this sacrament in grade 2 and higher. In their sacramental journey and to encourage relationships with Jesus and within our Parish family, each child is welcomed and asked to attend all preparation sessions, and their family is encouraged to join us at Mass regularly. It is always a joy for Fr. Dean when children say hello to him at Mass! 

Children will continue their preparation for First Eucharist after celebration of Reconciliation.


FIRST RECONCILIATION 2024-2025
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2024 TO PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS SACRAMENT.

 

First Reconciliation 

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (Communion).   Please contact the Parish office by phone or email as soon as possible, by September 30 at the latest. We will meet you and your child in a Registration/Orientation Meeting.  Attendance at a Parent Meeting and preparation sessions on Saturdays or Thursday afternoons for the children are also some required components.

Students of high school age or adults who would like to be prepared for their first Reconciliation, please call the Parish office at 780-452-3988 or email at sje@caedm.ca.
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We help families to prepare their children for First Eucharist (Communion). We accept Baptized children in grade two and higher. Children normally prepare for and celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the same year as they prepare for first Eucharist therefore only one registration for both sacraments is normally required. Please see the information about Registration/Orientation in the First Reconciliation (Confession) tab.

Older children and adults are welcome to prepare for First Reconciliation and/or First Eucharist at any age. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.

In their sacramental journey and to encourage relationships with Jesus and within our Parish family, each child is welcomed and asked to attend all preparation sessions, and their family is especially encouraged to join us at Mass regularly to grow their desire to receive the Eucharist. They truly begin to understand the depth of this sacrament through participation at Mass, and it is always a joy for Fr. Dean when children say hello to him at Mass!

FIRST COMMUNION 2024-2025
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2024 TO REGISTER FOR THIS SACRAMENT.

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

Is your child in grade 2 or higher? If so, they are ready to prepare for
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (Communion).   Please contact the Parish office by phone or email as soon as possible, by September 30, 2024 at the latest. We will meet you and your child in a Registration/Orientation Meeting.  Attendance at a Parent Meeting and preparation sessions on Saturdays or Thursday afternoons for the children are also some required components.

Students of high school age or adults who would like to be prepared for their first Eucharist, please call the Parish office at 780-452-3988 or email at sje@caedm.ca.
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Congratulations on your decision to get married!

The institution of marriage is a beautiful vocation, the beginning of family life and a great adventure.

The Catholic Church rejoices in your decision to marry and wants to journey with you in your preparations and assist you in growing in your love for each other as well as in your relationship with Christ. Each person is called to prepare as well as possible to live our faith in our marriage and in our lives. 

Couples wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony should plan to meet with Father six months prior to the wedding date, to help you as you begin this process. This time is needed for interviews, marriage preparation course and other preparations to be made. 

Catholic marriage preparation is mandatory for marrying in the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, and it is strongly recommended that the marriage course be taken at least 4-6 months before the wedding date. During the marriage preparation process, you will receive:

  • Information about what the Church believes and teaches about Catholic marriage and family life.
  • Advice and practical assistance for your daily married lives together.
  • An introduction to Natural Family Planning, a reliable method of planning your family that is both based on science and in harmony with God’s design for sexual intimacy and Church teaching. Natural Family Planning not only assists with planning or spacing births, but is also extremely effective in working with any infertility issues.
  • The witness of married couples to the sacrament of marriage and how it is lived in their lives.

For more information about how to begin planning your wedding, please visit the parish or read Steps to Getting Married.

Call the Parish office for more information about the Marriage Preparation Classes available.

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Holy Orders is the sacrament instituted by Christ for the service of leadership in the Church. Jesus chose twelve Apostles, he called them to follow him. He taught them to appreciate the love of the Father and the secrets of his kingdom. After his resurrection, he sent them into the whole world to teach the good news and baptize and sanctify the believers through the power of the Holy Spirit.

As Catholics we are called to pray that God may continue to send many workers into the world to gather his abundant harvest. Our Archdiocese of Edmonton is committed to the pastoral priority of promoting a culture of vocations, particularly to the priesthood and consecrated life.

Catholic parents are encouraged to pray together as a family and educate their children to seek the will of God in their life as true joy and fulfillment. Our whole community will accompany young people in their discernment for signs of vocations. But young people who experience the desire of becoming a priest need the support and encouragement of a spiritual director and guide. Our archbishop writes that we must not hesitate and be shy about inviting young people to discern carefully the will of God with trust.

The greatest gift that our parish family can offer to God and the Church is one or more priests and religious sisters to fulfill the call of Christ. The journey to the priesthood starts with a single step led by a great hope. Jesus says, “Be not afraid.” 

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If you or someone in your family will be entering hospital for surgery and you wish to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please contact the parish office or pastor.

All of the hospitals in Edmonton have Chaplains on staff.

If you are in hospital or will be going to hospital and would like to receive a visit from a Chaplain, please make your request known to the nursing staff or a staff Chaplain.

Information regarding your religious affiliation is not always noted on admission; therefore it will not be on your chart.

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Preparing the funeral of someone who love is an act of love.  For Catholic Christians, this loving act also expresses our faith in the power of Jesus’ resurrection.  This love and faith are central to what death means to a Christian.  Life is changed, not ended – those who die pass through death to new life in God.  In God, our bonds of love remain intact.

Please see the enclosed Brochure "A Guide for Planning Catholic Funerals." 

A Guide for Planning Catholic Funerals.pdf

During this time of sorrow and grief, you are not alone.  The Christian community walks with you, supporting you.  Please contact the Parish office at 780-452-3988 to make funeral arrangements.