Archive for the ‘Sacraments’ Category

A reader had asked the above question in a thread under a previous post relating to the Sacrament of Baptism. I find it apt to create a new post on this question and hope that the following will explain why.

In the Catholic church, there are 3 sacraments that fully initiates a believer into the Christian faith, namely the Sacrament of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation. In all simplicity, look at it as; the Sacrament of Baptism that spiritually cleanses the uninitiated and welcomes him/her into the Church, while the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist enables the believer to fully partake in the celebration of the Mass at the Lord’s table, and the Sacrament of Confirmation anoints and empowers the believer with the Holy Spirit to venture forth to live the life as a true witness of Christ.

The role of a sponsor for the confirmand is to be a spiritual guide, just like that of a godparent for the Sacrament of Baptism. To guide the confirmand, not just during the time of preparation prior to the confirmand’s receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, but all throughout his/her life’s journey. Some references below from the Catechism of the catholic Church and Code of Canon Law.

CCC 1311. Candidates for Confirmation, as for Baptism, fittingly seek the spiritual help of a sponsor. To emphasize the unity of the two sacraments, it is appropriate that this be one of the baptismal godparents.

CAN 892. Insofar as possible, there is to be a sponsor for the person to be confirmed; the sponsor is to take care that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in this sacrament.

CAN 893 §1. To perform the function of sponsor, a person must fulfill the conditions mentioned in Can 874.
§2. It is desirable to choose as sponsor the one who undertook the same function in baptism.


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In the midst of Holy Week preparations, and if we are contemplating about whether to receive the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation, as it could be quite unnerving for some, perhaps the following article from Zenit will be an encouragement for you to make that attempt to approach a priest and make a good confession.

Read the full text about “It is not sin that is at the heart of the Celebration, but rather God”.

God detest the sins but lovingly welcomes the sinner back to the fold. Wishing you a good confession.

Whatever your cross,
Whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine,
After the rain…

Perhaps you may stumble,
Perhaps even fall,
But God’s always ready,
To answer your call…

He knows every heartache,
Sees every tear,
A word from His lips,
Can calm every fear…

Your sorrows may linger,
Throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish,
In dawn’s early light…

The Savior is waiting,
Somewhere above,
To give you His grace,
And send you His love…

Whatever your cross,
Whatever your pain,
“God always sends rainbows…
After the rain…”

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The Role of Godparents

For would-be godparents and existing ones, an informative read.

Please explain the role of godparents in Catholic baptism. How strictly should the potential godparents adhere to traditional Catholic teaching? If a couple does not know sufficiently “qualified” godparents, is it acceptable for them to act as the godparents themselves?

Read Fr William Saunders explanation to the above question on The Role of Godparents. Father William Saunders is dean of the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Sterling, Virginia. The above article is a “Straight Answers” column he wrote for the Arlington Catholic Herald. Father Saunders is also the author of Straight Answers, a book based on 100 of his columns and published by Cathedral Press in Baltimore.

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On Sunday 18th Nov 2007, a batch of teens will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at the parish of Holy Trinity. Just what actually is this sacrament all about? What are the signs and rite of this sacrament? Who can receive and who can administer the sacrament? What are the effects of this sacrament? Read CCC1285-1321


Try out the quiz below!

1.. Which of the following is false about Confirmation? Pick any combination of the following.
(a) It perfects Baptismal grace.
(b) It gives us the Holy Spirit.
(c) It helps us bear witness to the faith in words and deeds.
(d) It is the second plank of salvation.
(e) Anyone can administer Confirmation to another in grave necessity.

2. The one to receive the sacrament of Confirmation must: Pick any combination of the following.
(a) be confirmed only by the local Ordinary.
(b) be in the state of grace.
(c) have the intention of receiving the sacrament.
(d) have received the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to confirmation.
(e) be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ.

3. Which of the following are the essential elements of the Roman rite of Confirmation? Pick any combination of the following.
(a) The words: “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
(b) The laying on of the minister’s hand.
(c) A symbolic slap on the cheek.
(d) The anointing of the forehead with sacred chrism.
(e) The reception of Holy Communion.

4. Which of the following real or symbolic uses of oil parallel the symbolism of anointing in the rite of Confirmation? Pick any combination of the following.
(a) It is a sign of abundance and joy.
(b) It cleanses.
(c) It limbers the limbs of athletes and wrestlers.
(d) It heals, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds.
(e) It signifies beauty, health, and strength.

5. In Confirmation we are “sealed” with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. What is the symbolism of a “seal”? Choose any combination of the following.
(a) A symbol of a person.
(b) A sign of maturity.
(c) A sign of personal authority.
(d) A sign of ownership of an object.
(e) An authentication of a juridical act.

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1. Cite Paul’s most famous exhortation concerning marriage. Answer

2. The indispensable element which makes a marriage is the consent of the spouses.(True/False). Answer

3. Why is it deemed necessary that a Christian marriage take place before a minister and witnesses? Choose any combination of the following.
a) It expresses the ecclesial reality of the marriage.
b) Without a minister and witnesses, no true marriage can take place.
c) As a liturgical act, it should be done in the Church’s public liturgy.
d) It brings the marriage into an ecclesial realm in which there are rights and duties in the Church between spouses and toward the children.
e) The public character gives a certainly to the fact that a marriage has taken place, and helps the spouses remain faithful to it.

4. Which of the following are elements essential to a valid sacramental marriage? Choose any combination of the following.
a) Unity
b) Birth of children
c) Indissolubility
d) Openness of all marital acts to the possibility of children.
e) Fidelity

5. The remarriage of a person divorced from a living, lawful spouse is not an obstacle to the reception of Holy Communion.(True/False) Answer

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1. Cite the biblical reference commonly used as the basis for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Answer

2. This sacrament gives a special grace to those experiencing difficulties stemming from grave illness or old age. (True or False). Answer

3. The sacrament is to be given only at the point of death. (True or False). Answer

4. The sacrament may be given more than once during the same illness. (True or False). Answer

5. In time of imminent danger of death when no priest is present, any believer may give the Anointing of the Sick. (True or False). Answer

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