Sacraments – Catechesis

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life. Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1210

Baptism (infant)

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, 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.” Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213

Since the earliest times, Baptism has been administered to children, for it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit; children are baptized in the faith of the Church. Entry into Christian life gives access to true freedom. CCC 1282

If you are considering having your child baptised and live within the Parish of Saint John Mary Vianney, please speak to one of the Priests after Sunday Mass.  Attendance on a Baptismal Preparation Course is an essential part of preparing for this important moment in your family’s life.


First Holy Communion

The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1322

 “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'” CCC #1323

For those children in Year 3 or older, and live within the Parish of Saint John Mary Vianney, Leeds, and are considering receiving this sacrament in 2012 will be required to enrol for the preparation course in September.  More details will be available soon via the Parish bulletin.


Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1285

For those who are 13 or older before 31 August 2012, and live within the Parish of Saint John Mary Vianney, Leeds and are considering receiving this sacrament in 2012, will be required to enrol for the preparation course.  More details will be available soon via the Parish bulletin.


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

“The rite of Christian initiation is for unbaptised ‘adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully’”. RCIA 1

Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.  CCC 1275

The RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the liturgical and catechetical process designed for adults attracted by Christ and his teaching. It supports them as they seek to respond more deeply and to enter into the Communion of the Catholic Church. It is sometimes referred to as Journey in Faith.

If you are an unbaptised adult, or an adult within another Christian community, and are wanting to explore the Catholic faith in more detail with a view to becoming a Catholic, then please speak to one of the Priests of the Parish after Mass or via 0113 268 1373, to find out more details as to what is involved.


Marriage

The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament. Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1660

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. CCC # 1661

If you are considering celebrating this sacrament please contact one of the Priests after Mass to arrange an appointment to discuss the matter further, including the attending of a Marriage Preparation Course.

Basic Requirements for marrying within the Catholic Church

Notification: The general rule is that at least six months notice of the date on which you hope to marry should be given to a priest of the parish.  If you do not reside within the boundaries of the Parish of St John Mary Vianney, Leeds, then you must request written permission from the parish priest of the parish where you do reside. 

Catholic Baptism: One partner at least must be baptised as a member of the Roman Catholic Church.


Confession

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week,” Jesus showed himself to his apostles. “He breathed on them, and said to them: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained”‘ (cf Jn 20:19, (22-23). Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1485

The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance, or reconciliation. CCC # 1486

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated at the following times within the Parish:

Tuesday 7.00pm-7.20pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Thursday 7.00pm-7.20pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Saturday 10.30am-11.00am at the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Saturday 10.30am-11.00am at Saint Paul, the Apostle

Saturday 5.30pm-6.00pm at Saint Paul, the Apostle

Also by appointment by contacting one of the Priests after Mass or via 0113 268 1373.

During Advent and Lent Services of Reconciliation are held within the Parish.