Baptism

“Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to Him.”
Acts 2:38-39

Child being baptized

Baptism is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation along with Confirmation and Holy Communion. Baptisms take place every first Sunday of the month. If you are new to the parish, please first register as a parishioner.

If you would like to have your child baptised, please contact Michael Aguiar at the Parish Office at least 2 months in advance as some preparation classes are required.

For adults, please see RCIA below.

“Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved.”
Mark 16:16


First Holy Communion

“This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” -John 6:50-51

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Lumen Gentium 11)

First Holy Communion is open to any baptised Catholic in grade 2 or older. Registration opens in October. First Holy Communion usually takes place soon after Easter.

For adults, please see the RCIA section below.

First Communion 2021

First Communions will be celebrated at weekend Masses from May 08 to June 13. Four to six candidates will receive their first Holy Communion at these Masses based on reservation. Online reservations are full. Extra Masses may be added. If you still need to reserve a Mass or have any questions, please contact Michael (info below).

First Reconciliation will take place the Thursday evening at 6:30pm – 7:30pm before your registered Mass. Parents are encouraged to prepare with their children.

Guidelines & Procedures

  • Amidst the “Emergency Break Shutdown & Stay-at-Home Order” mandates by the government, First Communion will continue to take place during regular weekend Mass during the months of May & June at a reduced capacity within the parish of 15%
  • Candidates and their families have assigned seating and able to accommodate 6-7 guests; everyone is required to wear their mask inside the Church.
  • Photo Consent forms for pictures taken by the parish will be made available through the schools and can be brought the day of the First Communion.

Important Documents

First Communion & Reconciliation Registration Form

First Communion & Reconciliation Information Pamphlet

Any further questions or concerns please contact our Pastoral Associate, Michael Aguiar at (905) 827-2373, ext. 303 or michael@saintdominic.ca


Confirmation

“Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit… the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands…”
Acts 8:14-18

“It is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has commissioned us; he has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
2 Corinthians 11:20-21

Sacrament of Confirmation 2021

Students registered in the 2021 Confirmation program, will receive the Sacrament during a series of evening celebrations the week of April 26-30. Dates will be determined based on each confirmandi’s school and class.

The dates for Confirmation 2021 are as follows:

  • Tuesday April 27  at 6:00pm – St. Nicholas School: Last Name A – K   |   7:15pm – Last Name L – Z
  • Wednesday April 28 at 7:00pm – St. Dominic School  (Mrs. Park’s Class)
  • Thursday April 29 at 7:00pm St. Dominic School  (Mr. Condotta’s Class)
  • Friday April 30 at 7:00pm – St. Dominic School  (Ms. McNamara’s Class & Catechumens)

Guidelines & Procedures

  • Amidst the “Emergency Break Shutdown & Stay-at-Home Order” mandates by the government, Confirmation will continue to take place during regular weekend Mass during the months of May & June at a reduced capacity within the parish of 15%
  • The Sacrament will take place without Mass, during a Liturgy of the Word and Rite of Anointing
  • His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI delegates Pastors with the faculty to confirm their parishioners. This year, the Pastor, Ranjan D’Sa O.C.D. will preside.
  • Public health guidelines and zoning restrictions may make it impossible for Sponsors to be physically present at the celebration of the Sacrament itself. If this is the case, it is the family’s responsibility to choose a proxy (must be practicing Catholic) to stand as representative of the Sponsor.
  • Candidates and their families have assigned seating and able to accommodate 6-7 guests; everyone is required to wear their mask inside the Church.
  • Robes for confirmandi are not permitted during this time, as a result, confirmandi are expected to be dressed in appropriate attire.
  • Photo Consent forms for pictures taken by the parish will be made available through the schools and can be brought the day of the confirmandi’s Confirmation.

Important Documents

Confirmation Information Booklet 2020-2021

Confirmation Registration Form 2020-2021

Any further questions or concerns please contact our Pastoral Associate, Michael Aguiar at (905) 827-2373, ext. 303 or michael@saintdominic.ca


Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession restores our relationship with God by the forgiveness of our sins. When we go to confession with contrition for our sins and a desire to amend our life, God forgives us through the priest. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the effects of the sacrament in paragraph 1496, below:

1496   The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:

      • reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
      • reconciliation with the Church;
      • remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
      • remission, at least in part, of the temporal punishments resulting from sin;
      • peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
      • an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.

Before confessing our sins, we go through an Examination of Conscience to make sure we include all our sins. See below for a sample examination:

Sample Examination of Conscience

Reconciliation Times:

Saturdays 4:00 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Or by appointment.

Special times for reconciliation are scheduled in Advent and Lent. Consult the Bulletin or contact the Parish Office for more information.


Marriage

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”
CIC, c. 1055, sec. 1.

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of “the wedding-feast of the Lamb.” Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its “mystery,” its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin and its renewal “in the Lord” in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church.
CCC, sec. 1602.

The sacrament of Marriage is usually celebrated on a Saturday afternoon. Preparation is provided. Please contact the parish office 1 year before your desired date.


Anointing of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick is administered to those in times of illness or near the time of death, We can see the Apostles anointing the sick with oil and healing them in Mark 6:13.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of the faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise them up. And if they have committed sins, they will be forgiven.”   James 5:14-15

Suffering has value, when united with the suffering of Christ. It can have redemptive value when we ‘offer it up’ for the salvation of souls.

“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.”   1 Peter 4:1

If you know someone who would like to receive this sacrament, please call the Parish Office at (905) 827-2373.


Communion to the Sick

Hospital volunteers visit parishioners on a weekly basis and also may take Communion to those who desire to receive it. If you or someone you love is in hospital or is homebound and would like to receive our Eucharistic Lord, please contact the parish office.


Funerals

“At the time of death of a Christian, whose life was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life.”   Order of Christian Funerals #4

As a community, we grieve with those who have lost a loved one. Although a death is extremely difficult and painful to experience, we have hope in faith as Christians and so we even call a funeral Mass a celebration.

If you have lost a loved one please contact the Parish Office. We are here to help you in this difficult time. We will put you in touch with a funeral home and help with the arrangements for the funeral Mass. Please call the Parish Office at (905) 827-2373.


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

The RCIA is a process in which people who are interested in joining the Catholic Christian Faith embark on a Journey of Faith in a pressure-free environment. The team consists of Father Ranjan D’Sa and several parishioners who lead the enquirers in their journey of faith discernment. They consider questions such as: Who is God? Who is Jesus? Who is the Holy Spirit? Together the group opens out the Trinity, scripture, prayer, the sacraments, the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the liturgy and the layout of the worship space in the church. After prayer, study, reflection and discernment, candidates are received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.

Contact:   Brian Thornton   (905) 827-2373   bat@saintdominic.ca


Vocations

“The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest.”   Lk 10:2

For assistance in discerning God’s call to priesthood or consecrated life, please contact Rev. Michael King, Vocations Director (905) 528-7988 mking@hamiltondiocese.com or Rev. Ranjan D’Sa at the Parish office (905) 827-2373 rdsa@hamiltondiocese.com.

Useful links:

Hamiltonvocations.com

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"To love is to will the good of the other."  

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