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Sacraments

The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Catholics.
They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.
For more information not covered below, or for an appointment on any of the sacraments please contact the Parish Office (0131 334 1693/ parish.turnhouse@gmail.com)
 
 
Funerals
For Funerals please contact the parish office immediately on 0131 334 1693.
 
Anointing of the Sick
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1499: By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayers of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.
Anointing of the Sick is one of the Seven Sacraments, and is intended to bring spiritual strength and physical healing if God desires it. Canon Law 1004 states:
The anointing of the sick can be administered to any member of the faithful who, having reached the use of reason, begins to be in danger by reason of illness or old age”.
Please contact the Parish Office or the Parish Priest if you or someone you know would benefit from receiving this sacrament. We can also arrange Holy Communion for the house-bound, usually brought by Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Also, if you are going in to hospital and would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, Holy Communion, or just have a visit from a Catholic priest, please contact the Parish Office.
 
Baptism
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213: Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
At St John the Baptist, Baptisms take place after consultation with the Parish priest. If you would like to organise for your child to be baptised, please speak to the priest or contact the parish office.
 
First Confession
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1486: The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, Penance or Reconciliation.
 
Children are invited to begin preparations for their First Confession in year P3 of primary school. Enrolment takes place and classes for children in non-denominational schools begin in September. Classes are led by Elaine Robson (and dates are provided at the initial parents meeting) with the First Confessions usually taking place during Lent.
 
First Holy Communion
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1407: The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of Christ’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church.
 
Children are invited to begin preparations for their First Communions in year P4 of primary school. Enrolment takes place and classes for children in non-denominational schools begin in September. Classes are led by Elaine Robson (and dates are provided at the initial parents meeting) with the First Communion ceremony usually taking place in May/June.
 
Confirmation
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1316: Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.
Due to recent changes, children are invited to begin preparations for Confirmation in year P7 of primary school. This means that confirmations will not be celebrated in St John’s parish until preparations begin at the start of the Academic year of 2020. Confirmation is  Administered by the Archbishop.
 
Marriage
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1661: The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity and sanctifies them on their way to eternal life.
 
If you would like to book a marriage service in the Church, then please contact the Parish Office as early as possible (always at least 6 months beforehand), and ask for an appointment to discuss marriage preparation and practical arrangements.
 

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