UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS

Archeparchy of Winnipeg

The Sacraments

Sacramental Resources

1. Baptism

2. Chrismation

3. Holy Eucharist

4. Confession

5. Crowning (Marriage)

6. Holy Orders

7. Anointing of the Sick (Holy Unction)

SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION:
The sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—are the three primary sacraments, on which the rest of our life as a Christian depends. Originally tied very closely together, the three sacraments are now, in the Western Church, celebrated at different milestones in our spiritual lives. (In the Eastern Church, both Catholic and Orthodox, all three sacraments are still administered to infants at the same time.)

The Sacrament of BaptismThe Sacrament of Baptism, the first of the sacraments of initiation, is our entrance into the Church. Through Baptism, we are cleansed of Original Sin and receive sanctifying grace, the life of God within our souls. That grace prepares us for the reception of the other sacraments and helps us to live our lives as Christians—in other words, to rise about the cardinal virtues, which can be practiced by anyone, to the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity, which can only be practiced through the grace of God.
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The Sacrament of Confirmation
Traditionally, the Sacrament of Confirmation is the second of the sacraments of initiation, and the Eastern Church continues to confirm (or chrismate) infants immediately after Baptism. Even in the West, where Confirmation is routinely delayed until a person’s teen years, several years after his First Communion, the Church has stressed the original order of the sacraments (most recently in Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic exhortation Sacramentum caritatis). Confirmation is the perfection of Baptism, and it gives us the grace to live our life as a Christian boldly and without shame.
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The Sacrament of Holy CommunionThe final sacrament of initiation is the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and it is the only one of the three that we can (and should) receive repeatedly—even daily, if possible. In Holy Communion, we consume the Body and Blood of Christ, which unites us more closely to Him and helps us to grow in grace by living a more Christian life.
In the East, Holy Communion is administered to infants, immediately after Baptism and Confirmation. In the West, Holy Communion is delayed until the child reaches the age of reason (around seven years old). (catholicism.about.com)
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SICK CALLS: In case of serious sickness or accident, please call your parish priest so that he can visit sick parishioners whether at home or in a  hospital. Please notify your parish priest even if a person is only temporarily confined.
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MARRIAGES: The Sacrament of Marriage requires a time of spiritual preparation. Couples planning to be married are asked to make an appointment with your parish priest to set a date for the wedding and begin preparations (including Pre-Cana) at least six months before the wedding.
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THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION: (Baptism, Chrismation and the Holy Eucharist) are administered upon request by the parents, or an adult who wishes to be baptized. Please contact your parish priest at least two weeks in advance. 
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CONFESSIONS: Confessions are heard by a priest. For confessions, please contact your parish priest to make arrangements. Before confession one should attempt to recall all the sins which one has committed voluntarily or involuntarily. One must attentively reexamine one’s life in order to recall not only those sins committed since the last confession, but also those which have not been confessed through forgetfulness or shame. Then, with compunction and a contrite heart, approach the Cross and the Gospel and begin the confession of your sins.  Here is a link to help you with your Confession

Baptism Ukrainian Catholic

Ask the Priest

Question.

I am planning on having my son baptised into the Ukrainian Catholic Church as I was. Unfortunately I find my self a little ignorant of what that entails. Can you please summarise a few key points regarding what differentiates the rite of baptism within our church from other churches. More specifically does my son have to wear the big flouncy gown with hat and booties? I was going to stick him in a little suit without hat or booties! Also does it really matter who buys it (mum insists the godmother should, but the godmother is broke and the gowns are pricey!). 

 Someone said the godfather has to buy a cross and there is a candle and cloth requirement? What are those for?

 Thank you for any ‘official’ information you can share.

 

ANSWER

Baptism into a church is very important.  It is an announcement of faith on behalf of the parents that they intend to raise their child as a Ukrainian Catholic.

The difference between our church and other churches is that in our church the occasion is a process by which the child enters into the life and unity of the Holy Trinity.  The child is baptised, confirmed and receives the precious Body and Blood of Jesus Himself.  The three sacraments (mysteries) are administered at the same time.  This is a very beautiful and profound moment in the life of the child.

The church supplies the baptismal candle which signifies the light of Christ.  The other articles you mention can be present at the baptism.  It is up to you.  There are, and never were, any rules about that.  The important thing is that the child is baptised.

We do ask that you bring a baptismal robe – a white sheet of cloth which is used to signify the robe of Christ which is used to wrap up the baby after the baptism.  But if it costs too much, well remember, it is more important that you baptise the baby.

The questions you ask are answered by the parish priest once you phone in to make an appointment for the baptism

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