Text Box: St Marie’s, Southport
In the Pastoral Area of Southport and the Archdiocese of Liverpool

SACRAMENTS OF GROWTH

 

Marriage and Family Life – when 2 people find that they love each other so much that they want to live together throughout life here on earth as husband and wife, the Church rejoices with them and desires to help them celebrate this priceless gift with the Lord in this beautiful Sacrament.  The Lord gives His grace (help) in a special way to help you truly love each other, whatever you face on life’s journey…..help that all married couples need as they prepare for the privilege of the gift of children, if that is the Lord’s plan for them. Many people feel that they can’t afford to get married in a Church, but we don’t ‘charge’ anything (people usually give a donation…. if they can’t afford to, though, that’s fine).  We’ll be delighted to hear from you if would like to discuss the possibility of getting married in our beautiful Church.

Contact:

Tel: 01704 531229

Email: stmaries.southport@rcaolp.co.uk

THE SACRAMENTS

 

…..are ‘outward signs of inward grace’….or as one wise person put it, special encounters with the love of God!

 

There are 7 sacraments that the Lord gives us to bring us closer to Him, through receiving His life……

Baptism – through water and the Holy Spirit we are made children of God….He lives in us through faith and helps us to grow in hope and love, leading us to happiness and peace!

The power of the sacrament is available to us every day, guiding our thoughts and actions in the way of light!

Adults (and children/young people of catechetical age; 7-14) are baptised at the Easter Vigil, 9p.m. on the eve of Easter Sunday; babies and children receive the sacrament on the 1st Sunday of each month at 12.30p.m.

If you’re not baptised, contact us and we’ll help you to find the wonder of His love!

SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION, MEMBERSHIP + NOURISHMENT

Confirmation – through a special prayer and anointing with holy oil, we are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit…..7 powerful gifts of the Spirit are given to us to enable us to walk with the Lord and be His witness’:- wisdom and understanding, right judgement and courage, knowledge and reverence, wonder and awe. Through these gifts, present within us, the Holy Spirit becomes our helper and guide.

Adults are confirmed at the Easter Vigil (as are some children/young people of catechetical age); most of our young people will now be confirmed when they are 13 years old.

If you’re baptised Catholic but not yet confirmed, we’ll be delighted to celebrate the Sacrament with you.

If you were baptised in another Christian Church but would like to become a Catholic and be confirmed, contact us and we’ll guide you in the way of light!

Eucharist – in this Sacrament, God Himself , Jesus the Lord, comes to us in the form of bread and wine!  Through the power of the Holy Spirit and our prayer of faith, the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus…..He lives in us and the power of His Death and Resurrection is at work in us, doing infinitely more than we can ask or imagine!

Adults (and children/young people of catechetical age; 7-14)receive the Eucharist (also know as ‘Holy Communion’) for the 1st time at the Easter Vigil; children receive for the 1st time in Year 4 (at the age of 8/9), in May/June.

SACRAMENTS OF HEALING + WHOLENESS

 

Reconciliation (known in the past as ‘Confession’)– through the power of the Holy Spirit and the prayer of absolution, our sins are forgiven and the grace (help) of God is given to us so that we can turn away from sin each day and believe the Good News.

Adults celebrate the Sacrament for the 1st time after their full initiation during Eastertide and children in Advent, before they receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

If you’re a Catholic but haven’t celebrated this Sacrament for a while, the priest will be delighted to guide you into the wonder of the Lord’s forgiveness and peace

 

Anointing of the sick – this beautiful Sacrament is for those who have a serious illness or who need serious surgery or who are elderly and frail.  It is filled with hope and strength….a celebration and encounter with the healing touch of Jesus who throughout the Gospels lays His hands on the sick to bring healing and peace. Contact us if you would like to receive this gift from the Lord.

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Holy Orders – all those who are baptised are called ‘the People of God’ and within this body of people some are called to serve as deacon, priest or bishop.  This Sacrament helps to create order and harmony amongst ‘the People of God’, guiding us in the way of the peace of Christ.  If you feel called to become a deacon or priest or want to know more of what it involves, contact us or visit the Archdiocese of Liverpool website.

 

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All of these sacraments are gifts from Heaven, signs of His love, experiences of His goodness…..so come and receive, come and be filled…..accept this treasure, more precious than the biggest lottery-win imaginable…..be filled with His joy, aglow with faith, hope and love…..and a happiness that only He can bring and which endures forever!

 

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