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Preparing for Sacraments

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines the sacraments as "efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions."  A sacrament is "an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given unto us, ordained by Christ himself, as a means whereby we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us thereof".

Preparation for Sacraments involves: Prayer (personal, Family, Communal) and living a Catholic way of life according to one's stage in life.

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Baptism Preparation at St. Mary's

Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation. Although there are three distinct sacraments of initiation the Church understands full initiation as Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Information on Baptism Preparation
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Confirmation Preparation at St. Mary's

Confirmation is the second sacrament of initiation. Although there are three distinct sacraments of initiation the Church understands full initiation as Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Information on Confirmation Preparation
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First Sharing in Eucharist at St. Mary's

Eucharist is the final and repeatable sacrament of initiation. Although there are three distinct sacraments of initiation the Church understands full initiation as Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Information on Eucharist Preparation