Sacraments

2021-2022 Children's Sacrament Preparation Program

St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish has already begun the fall session of Sacrament Preparation for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation for children currently in grade two. If you have missed the start of the fall session please contact the parish office immediately.
Preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist will begin in February 2022.
Children in Grade 6 or higher are eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation for this sacrament will also begin in February 2022.
The registration form for any of these sacraments can be downloaded by clicking the link below.
If you have any questions or would like more information on the preparation program for First sacraments for children, please contact Marilyn@stmaryscalgary.ca or call 403-228-4170.
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Sacraments for Infants and Children

Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation of the Catholic Church. The Rite is rich with symbols and actions: water, holy oils, a candle, a white garment. Each of these serves as a reminder to us that Baptism is the beginning of a lifelong journey of faith. “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as members of his body, sharing everlasting life.” (Rite of Baptism for Children #62).

Parents, who live inside St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish boundaries or are registered and active members of our parish, are welcome to register for a Baptism. Request for Baptism forms are available in the parish office, in the Cathedral at the information tables (once completed please place in the designated envelope) or by clicking below. You will be contacted within a few days of receipt of the form. As a general rule, Baptisms are held at St. Mary’s Cathedral on the first Saturday and third Sunday of the month.

Parents who are not registered members of our Parish and live outside of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish boundaries are encouraged by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary to register for all the sacraments at their own parish church. It is always preferred that your child prepare for and celebrate the sacraments with your own parish community.  Please note – if you live outside of the parish boundaries, but still would like to have your child Baptized at the Cathedral, you must first obtain a letter of Permission to Baptize Outside of Parish from your parish priest. Once you have that letter, you are welcome to complete a Request for Baptism here at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Please attach the letter to the Request form and return to the Parish Office.

In all cases, prior to scheduling a baptism, the following is required to be submitted to the Parish Office:

  • A completed Request for Infant Baptism form. Form is available at the entrance of the Cathedral or in the Parish Office.
  • Completion of a Baptism Preparation class either here at St. Mary's Cathedral or at another Parish in the Diocese. If attending a Baptism Preparation class at another Parish, you will need to obtain a letter confirming attendance.
  • A copy of the child's Birth Certificate.
  • A copy of one of the parent's Roman Catholic Baptism Certificate.
  • In addition, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary requires that for one or both Roman Catholic Godparent/s, you must submit a copy of his/her Confirmation certificate or an annotated Baptism Certificate with Confirmation date indicated.
For families who are interested in learning more about having their school-aged child baptized, please contact 403-228-4170 For individuals who are 18 years of age or older and are interested in being baptized, please refer to the RCIA section of our website.

Baptism Preparation
First time parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation class. This must be done one month prior to requesting a Baptism.  For more information, please contact  403-228-4170 or submit the form below.

First Reconciliation

Preparing for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at St. Mary's Cathedral Parish for children in grade two and above.

Whenever our children prepare to receive a sacrament in the Catholic Church, it reminds us of how important our roles as teachers and role models are in their faith development. We strive to lead them to God and to full and active participation in the Church through our own examples of love, faith, and forgiveness. Fortunately, these are not tasks that we have to accomplish on our own, we have the support and example of our schools and parishes.

If God loves his people unconditionally, then why does the sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes called Penance or Confession) exist? In receiving this sacrament, we are offered the opportunity to heal our relationship with our loving Father. As humans, we have the need to hear the words “You are forgiven” as a chance for us to continue on our faith journeys feeling connected to our God, who never disconnects from us.One of the best ways for you to prepare your child for this sacrament is to model forgiveness.

Our children learn about forgiveness when we forgive them, each other, and ourselves. It is also important to model how we approach others with the words “I’m sorry” and how we can also show our penitence through actions of love.

Rev. John Nemanic, Rector and Rev. Julian Studden of St. Mary's Cathedral want to assure you that we will be honoured to work with you and your child on this faith journey.

IMPORTANT: ALL CHILDREN RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF FIRST EUCHARIST MUST FIRST RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION.



Sacrament Preparation Program – First Reconciliation

Registration for sacrament preparation for children for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation, has now begun. Please e-mail
marilyn@stmaryscalgary.ca or stop by the parish office to register your child for the preparation classes and to meet Fr. Julian Studden. Father Julian will be working closely with the schools, parents and children. the Preparation program for First Reconciliation began on September 18, 2021.

First Eucharist

Preparing for the Sacrament of First Eucharist at St. Mary's Cathedral Parish for children in grade two and above.

Whenever our children prepare to receive a sacrament in the Catholic Church, it reminds us of how important our roles as teachers and role models are in their faith development. We strive to lead them to God and to full and active participation in the Church through our own examples of love, faith, and forgiveness. Fortunately, these are not tasks that we have to accomplish on our own, we have the support and example of our schools and parishes.

Each of the sacraments is a special encounter with Jesus Christ. Children whose faith enables them to distinguish between ordinary bread and the Body of Christ are ready to receive the Eucharist. At the baptism of your child you took on the responsibility of helping your child to know, love and follow Jesus. For First Communion your role as parents continues in the same way as the main teacher of your child, but as catechists we will be working along with you at meetings and a retreat and providing resources for you to use with your child throughout the preparation period.

Rev. John Nemanic, Rector and Rev Julian Studden, Assistant Rector of St. Mary's Cathedral want to assure you that we will be honoured to work with you and your child on this faith journey.


Sacrament Preparation Program – First Eucharist
Registration for sacrament preparation for children for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation, has now begun. A detailed preparation class schedule and the registration form is now available in the parish office or at the main entrance of the Cathedral. Please e-mail marilyn@stmaryscalgary.ca or stop by the parish office to register your child for the preparation classes and to meet Fr. Julian Studden. Father Julian will be working closely with the schools, parents and children. Classes will be begin in February, 2022.

Confirmation

Preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Mary's Cathedral Parish for children in grade six and above.

Whenever our children prepare to receive a sacrament in the Catholic Church, it reminds us of how important our roles as teachers and role models are in their faith development. We strive to lead them to God and to full and active participation in the Church through our own examples of love, faith, and forgiveness. Fortunately, these are not tasks that we have to accomplish on our own, we have the support and example of our schools and parishes.

For most of us who were baptized as children, Confirmation is the sacrament that completes our full initiation into the Church. Confirmation is sometimes called the sacrament of the Holy Spirit, because it is through this sacrament that we are reminded that we received the gift of the Spirit in Baptism, and that we are now sealed with the Spirit. In Confirmation we are reminded of our baptismal call to carry on the mission of Christ to spread the Good News of God through our actions and words of faith, hope, and charity. The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated with Bishop William McGrattan during the Easter Season.

Rev. John Nemanic, Rector and Rev. Julian Studden, Assistant Rector of St. Mary's Cathedral want to assure you that we will be honoured to work with you and your child on this faith journey. Preparation will consist of one parent meeting, several student classes and a retreat, all of which require mandatory attendance. Parents will also be provided with resources, and are encouraged to be strong role models of the Catholic faith as your child prepares to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

You are encouraged and welcome to contact the parish office or the parish priest about Sacrament Preparation for Children.

Sacrament Preparation Program – Confirmation
Registration for on-line sacrament preparation for children for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation, has now begun. The Sacrament of Confirmation detailed preparation class schedule and the registration form is now available in the parish office or at the main entrance of the Cathedral. Please e-mail marilyn@stmaryscalgary.ca or stop by the parish office to register your child for the preparation classes and to meet Fr. Julian Studden. Father Julian will be working closely with the schools, parents and children. On-line course begins February 1, 2022.

Sacraments for Adults

Adult Confirmation

Adults who were baptized in the Catholic Church and have received First Communion, but never celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation, are welcome to join our Adult Confirmation sessions within our RCIA program. Participants are invited to attend catechesis sessions where we explore our Catholic faith and focus on our own personal journeys of faith.

For more information, please contact Deacon Dennis Foraie at dennis.foraie@calgarydiocese.ca or 403-228-4170 (ext. 226).

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Are you considering joining the Catholic Church?

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Catholic?

Are you a Catholic who would like to grow in your own faith journey by helping others explore the love of God?

If you answered 'Yes' to any of these, you may be interested in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA is a series of rites, catechesis, and faith development designed to help adults become full members of the Catholic Church. Within the RCIA, there are two basic types of people involved: Those who have never been baptized, and those who have been baptized in another faith and who wish to “convert” to the Catholic Church.The RCIA is made up of four stages:

Inquiry or Precatechumenate: In this first stage, individuals are given the opportunity to learn more about God, Jesus Christ, and the nuances of our Catholic faith and practices. It is during this stage that individuals begin to discern whether this commitment is for them. The length of time one spends in this stage depends upon each individual.

Catechumenate Stage: During this stage, individuals become “Catechumens” and begin a more formal preparation for baptism. Those who have already been baptized in another faith enter this stage as “Candidates”. Members of this stage continue with their faith formation and discernment.

Purification and Enlightenment: This stage begins on the first Sunday of Lent with the Rite of Election for those who have never been baptized and the Call to Lenten Renewal for those who have. Lent is ripe with prayers, rites, and meditation as individuals prepare for final conversion. The sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion) are always celebrated at the Easter Vigil.

Mystagogy: During this stage, the “neophytes” or new Catholics, deepen their understanding of the mystery, and work to live their new lives as full members of the Catholic Church.

Adults involved in this process participate in weekly dismissal from the 10 am Mass on Sunday to “Break Open” the Word of God. There is additional teaching on church doctrine on most Tuesday evenings. For more information, please contact  Rev. Julian Studden at fr.julian@stmaryscalgary.com Office Number  403-228-4170 (ext. 224).

Marriage

Marriage is a vocation and a Sacrament of the Catholic Church. The union of a man and woman in Christian Marriage is a sign of God’s union with the People of God. Therefore, it requires of those who enter it a complete and unreserved giving of self. Christ also referred to the love of Marriage to describe his own love for his bride, the Church. This love is lifelong, fruitful and completely faithful.

The desire to live one’s faith must be as important as the desire to live with one’s spouse; the relationship to God is intimate and demands self-giving in the same way that your relationship with your spouse demands intimacy and self-giving.

The Sacrament of Marriage is an important event for the Church as well. Married couples who are committed to a generous, faithful, and life-giving love are one of the clearest and best signs of the love of God.

If you are an active, registered parishioner of St. Mary’s Cathedral and are interested in celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage in the Cathedral, please contact the parish office 403-228-4170.

If you are not an active, registered parishioner of St. Mary’s Cathedral and are interested in celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage in the Cathedral, you are asked to contact your parish priest and request that he prepare the marriage papers, conduct your wedding rehearsal, and witness your marriage. The parish priest will then contact the Rector of the Cathedral to make arrangements.

Please note - There are a variety of documents that are required (Baptism certificate, marriage licence), a pre-nuptial questionnaire must be completed, and the Diocese of Calgary requires all couples who wish to marry to take a marriage preparation course. There are several programs approved within the Diocese including programs offered by Engaged Encounter, and Catholic Family Services Marriage Preparation.