Sacraments



Sacraments and Services

The seven sacraments of the Church are signs and instruments of God’s grace.
    Baptism joins us with Christ. Confirmation gives us his Spirit. The Eucharist unites us with him. Confession reconciles us with Christ. Through the Anointing of the Sick, Christ heals, strengthens and consoles. In the sacrament of Matrimony, Christ promises his love in our love and his fidelity in our fidelity. Through the sacrament of Holy Orders, priests have the privilege of forgiving sins and celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  (Youcat – Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church)
    Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
    The primary and indispensable religious educators of children are parents. They are helped by the parish, as and when invited. It is important, therefore, that parents take responsibility for the faith education of their children.
    The application form for baptism is available in the Parish Office.
    A baptism can be held in the church on the first Sunday after the 11.30am Mass & third Saturday at 1pm of the month. You must provide at least three weeks’ notice. Please contact Brigid in the parish office for full details
    The 'Do This In Memory' programme aims to involve parents, parish leaders and the wider parish community in preparing children for First Eucharist.  To view 2019/2020 programme visit   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ynfwXNtmc5iRLwq4a8dO-KkHZkQIXE-T/view?usp=sharing
    The parish has also organised a programme for children enrolled for Confirmation – ‘You Shall Be My Witness’.    Next Confirmation in the parish takes place on March 24th 2020.  To view 2019/20 programme visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12plUk4A2ACaQVep2XRkPF0XVn1H9vEWK/view?usp=sharing
    Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
    Christ’s love is shown in the fact that he seeks the lost and heals the sick. That is why he gave us the sacraments of healing and restoration, in which we are freed from sin and strengthened in our physical and spiritual weakness.
    Every First Friday of the month, the priests visit the housebound with Holy Communion. Lay Ministers of the Eucharist are also available to distribute Holy Communion to the sick on Sundays or in time of need. Many sick people also like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. If you are unable to attend Mass due to illness or frailty and would like to receive the sacraments in your home, please contact the parish office.
    Matrimony and Holy Orders
    Three months’ notice is required for those intending to marry in the Catholic Church. A useful website is www.gettingmarried.ie. Anybody looking for letters of freedom, baptism or confirmation certificates for marriage elsewhere should contact the parish office by email, phone or mail. If you are living in the parish for the last six months or more, contact our office to fill out a pre-nuptial enquiry form. We will help you with any questions you may have.
    Sometimes people look for “Letters of Freedom” for parishes in which they have previously lived. This form is also available from our office.                                                                                        Our Marriage preparation Booklet can be downloaded here https://drive.google.com/file/d/1reWRnUC75lSJfMCaAYusuN38Fd605m77/view?usp=sharing
    If you are interested in finding out more about the path to priesthood in the Archdiocese of Tuam, please contact our Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Fintan Monahan. Tel: 093 24166. Fax: 093 28070 admin@tuamarchdiocese.org   tuamarchdiocese.org.