“All Sacraments are an encounter with Christ, who is himself the original sacrament.”
There are seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church which are essential for salvation and living the life that Christ intended us to live.
Good preparation for the sacraments is an ideal means of evangelizing. The reception of a sacrament is a most important moment in the life of a member of the Church community, and careful preparation should be made. The Parish offers a time of preparation for those who are to receive sacraments, to enable them to enter more fully into these great mysteries of our faith.
There are sacraments of Initiation, which introduce the recipient into the faith:
There are sacraments of healing:
And there are sacraments of communion and mission:
The Role of Parents:
Parents have the primary responsibility as educators of their children in the faith. The Parish and School help parents to fulfill their task. Training sessions for parents at the parish to teach and prepare their children for the sacraments is the ideal.
The Role of the Schools:
Parents register their children in Catholic Schools expecting religious formation and education. Sacramental preparation is not the responsibility of the Catholic School. It is a shared responsibility. Parents, Parishes and Catholic Schools need to collaborate in preparing children for the sacraments.
The Role of the Parish:
The Parish is to welcome, encourage and support parents in forming their children in faith.
The parish and parents assume the preparation of children for the sacraments and the celebration of the sacraments. Textbooks and teaching materials should be those recommended by the Canadian Bishops. The Parish Church is the place where Sacraments are to be celebrated.