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Guidelines on the Reception of the Sacrament...

The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church

The holiest gifts from God to man, the Sacraments are our greatest source of grace and forgiveness.

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The Sacraments

Baptism

Our eternal salvation depends on God's gift of Baptism, by which Sacrament original sin is removed from our soul and we are admitted into the life of the church.  It is therefore very important that parents attend to their sacred duty by having their children baptized as soon as they can safely be brought to the church.  In choosing godparents please remember the grave obligations these persons undertake to bring up your children as Catholics in the event you are not able to do so yourself.  For this reason, at least one of the godparents must be a practising traditional Catholic.  The customary stole fee is $20.


 
Penance

Confessions are heard before both Sunday Masses as well as during the week and by appointment.  Our priests welcome the opportunity to make this healing Sacrament available to all who come with the right dispositions.  Leaflets are available at the back of the church which contain prayers that may be used before and after Confession as well as an Examination of Conscience.

Holy Communion
 

In the context of the new religion which the New Mass expresses, everyone is expected and encouraged to receive Communion, no matter what.  This perhaps may have been your experience.  Our practice here, however, is different.  Catholic law and tradition emphasize the seriousness and the sanctity of the act of receiving the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.  While you are most welcome to assist at Mass with us whenever you wish, we trust that you will respect our requirements for receiving Holy Communion:


  • You must be a baptized practising member of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • You must be in a state of grace, in other words, not in a state of mortal sin.

  • You must be fasting.  The rules for the Communion fast are three hours for solid food and alcohol, and one hour for liquids other than water.  Water and most medications may be taken at any time before Communion.

We respectfully ask newcomers to refrain from receiving Holy Communion unless you intend to assist at the traditional Mass exclusively and to refrain from assisting at the New Mass.  We understand that this is a major decision to make, and for some, a difficult one.  But since we believe the New Mass does represent a new religion, this decision should absolutely precede your reception of the Holy Eucharist here.  [Note:  Please take the time to make an informed decision. We have prepared a little booklet, Welcome to the Traditional Latin Mass, to assist you in understanding the differences between the traditional Mass and the New Mass. It is available free of charge to newcomers, and you may obtain a copy at the literature table or in the vestibule.]


Confirmation

Our priests look forward to working with our engaged couples on their plans for their church wedding, and of course through their pre-Cana instruction on their proposed married status.  Those intending marriage at Our Lady of the Rosary should approach the clergy, therefore, as soon as they make their decision to become engaged.  We would be happy to conduct the brief but beautiful betrothal ceremony, if you like, either privately or publicly, and to discuss with you all aspects of your wedding ceremony.  We will also make arrangements for the series of instructions and talks, and also for the Reading of the Banns.  The stole fee for weddings is $50.


Sick Calls

Please inform us if you are unable to attend Mass because of sickness or disability, and let us know if you would like a visit from the clergy.  We would appreciate too if you would let us know when one of your loved ones is hospitalized or gravely ill, so that we can make arrangements to visit and if necessary and desired, administer the Sacraments of Penance and Extreme Unction, and bring Holy Communion or Viaticum.


Funerals

When the sad time of bereavement comes, you will often find it helpful to speak with a priest about your loss.  While we cannot take away your pain, our holy Faith does teach us how to cope with it and not lose hope in the Resurrection.  In practical terms, our clergy will assist you in making arrangements for the funeral, working with you in cooperation with the funeral home to lighten your burden and provide all the comforting rites of Holy Church.  The stole fee for a funeral is $100 if the priest is able to go to the cemetery, otherwise $50.


Mass Intentions

When submitting a Mass intention to the priests, please print clearly the name of the person(s) for whom you wish the Mass to be said, and whether they are living or deceased.  You should also state if the Mass is to be said for someone who is not of the Catholic Faith.  The usual Mass Stipend, for the personal support of the priest for one day, is $20.

If an unduly large number of Mass intentions are received so that a prolonged delay would occur before your Mass can be offered, we may transfer your intentions and stipends to other priests of The Company of Jesus and Mary.


Two difficulties have arisen of late which may affect your reception of the Sacraments at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel:

  • The first of these difficulties lies with the often invalid administration of the Sacrament of Baptism in the new Church.  Often times, the priest will alter the essential words ("I baptize you...," etc.) or change part of the essential ceremony (pouring water over the child's head while saying the essential words, for instance).  We have come across many instances of both, and obviously this has led to the need for some people to be conditionally baptized before receiving any of the other sacraments.

  • The second difficulty is rapidly becoming widespread.  Because the "marriage annulments" handed out by diocesan tribunals are now often based on spurious reasons and amount to little more than a "church divorce" (this too, has been amply documented), they pose a grave spiritual peril for those who have received them in certain cases.

If you or your children have received Baptism in the new rite, or if you have received an annulment, please speak with one of our priests privately before being admitted to Holy Communion or the other sacraments.  He will be happy to help you resolve any difficulties in these areas.

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