Sacraments

Sacraments

Baptism

Baptism is really a new beginning. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and are reborn as sons and daughters of God. We become members of Christ, are incorporated in the Church and are made sharers in her mission. What a joy to be welcomed in to the life of Christ and the Church!

Baptisms are held on the 4th Sunday of every month at 1:30 pm. If you would like to have your child baptized or if would simply like more information about the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact Fr. Ken Lao at associate.pastor@stmarysottawa.ca or at 613-728-9811 x888.

Please note two months’ notice is required for baptism.

I am an adult. How do I get baptized?

RCIA is your starting point. RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. RCIA is a weekly program for adults where you are given opportunities to grow in your faith, get to know Jesus and learn about what the Catholic Church believes. This program also prepares you to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.

If you would like more information on RCIA or are interested in becoming Catholic, contact our RCIA Coordinator, Dan Gutoskie, at rcia@stmarysottawa.ca or call the parish office at 613-728-9811 x880.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also known as Confession. Confession is about receiving and experiencing the mercy of Jesus. When we honestly confess our sins in Confession, God forgives our sins, reconciles us to himself and restores us to grace.

Confession Schedule

Saturday: 9:30 am, 4 pm – 4:45 pm
Wednesday & Friday: 9:30 am
Also available by appointment.

How do I register my child to receive their first Confession?

If you would like to register your child for First Confession, please contact Sr. Melinda Schenher at first.communion@stmarysottawa.ca.

Haven’t been to confession in a while and not sure where to start?

Check out this examination of conscience to help you prepare. Click here.

Kind of nervous and not sure why we confess our sins to a priest? Watch this video!

Holy Communion

During Mass, we gather to receive Holy Communion. In the celebration of the Mass, we are remembering Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross – His Passion, Death and Resurrection – just as he instructed us to do during the Last Supper. We call Holy Communion the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

What is the Eucharist? The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. We believe that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ, fully and truly present. Because of the sacredness of the Eucharist, we ask that only baptized Catholics who are properly disposed receive Holy Communion – meaning those who are in right relationship with God and one another and have been to confession recently.

Click here to see our Mass Times.

How do I register my child to receive First Communion?

If you would like to register your child to receive first Holy Communion, please contact Sr. Melinda Schenher at first.communion@stmarysottawa.ca.

I’m an adult. What do I need to do to receive First Communion?

If you are an adult interested in receiving your First Communion or you are thinking about becoming Catholic, RCIA is your starting point. RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is a weekly program for adults where you are given opportunities to grow in your faith, get to know Jesus and learn about what the Catholic Church believes. This program also prepares you to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.

If you would like more information on RCIA or are interested in becoming Catholic, contact our RCIA Coordinator, Dan Gutoskie, at rcia@stmarysottawa.ca or call the parish office at 613-728-9811 x880.

Confirmation

At our Confirmation, we receive an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The graces we received at Baptism are stirred up; we become more deeply rooted as children of God; we are incorporated more firmly into Christ and our bond with the Church is strengthened. Confirmation helps us mature in our Christian walk and live more fully as disciples of Christ.

How do I register my child to receive Confirmation?

If you would like to register your child to receive first Confirmation, please contact Jackie O’Donnell at confirmation@stmarysottawa.ca.

I’m an adult. How do I get my Confirmation?

If you are an adult interested in receiving Confirmation or thinking about becoming Catholic, RCIA is your starting point. RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is a weekly program for adults where you are given opportunities to grow in your faith, get to know Jesus and learn about what the Catholic Church believes. This program also prepares you to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.

If you would like more information on RCIA or are interested in becoming Catholic, contact our RCIA Coordinator, Dan Gutoskie, at rcia@stmarysottawa.ca or call the parish office at 613-728-9811 x880.

Marriage

Congratulations on your engagement!

Marriage is a beautiful sign of the irrevocable love and unity between Jesus Christ, and His Bride, the Church. The Sacrament of Marriage images this total, faithful and fruitful relationship. We are excited to help journey with you and prepare you for not just your wedding day, but also the lifelong commitment of marriage.
If you would like get married at St. Mary’s, please contact the parish office at office@stmarysottawa.ca or at 613-728-9811 x880.

Please note nine months’ notice is required. Wait to confirm your wedding date until you have met with our Associate Pastor.

Marriage Preparation

Our marriage preparation course is an opportunity for you to journey together with other engaged couples as you learn about married life. It’s a chance to discover more about yourself and your fiancé and have some important discussions prior to getting married.

Our marriage preparation course takes place one evening a week for seven weeks. We hold the course once a year in January. If you would like more information or would like to register, please contact Veronique & Howard Fohr at 613-523-5188.

Anointing of the Sick

Jesus had special concern and compassion to those who were sick and suffering, and we read many stories in the Bible of Jesus healing the sick. Anointing of the Sick is one way that the Church continues the healing mission of Jesus. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives special grace, forgiveness of sins, hope, peace and assurance of God’s care, even in death.

Anointing of the Sick is for anyone sick and suffering: ie. someone who is about to undergo a serious operation, someone seriously ill or advanced in age or in the hospital, someone who is dying or close to death, etc. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered by a priest, who prays with the person and anoints them with holy oil.

If you would like to request a priest from St. Mary’s to administer this Sacrament, please contact the parish office at 613-728-9811 x880 or call the parish emergency line at 613-728-9811 and press 6. Leave a voicemail and a priest will call you back soon.

As well, in the hospital, you can inform hospital administration that you are Roman Catholic and wish to see a priest. Many hospitals have Chaplains.

“Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the ‘priests’ of the church, and let them pray over him.” – James 5:1