Jesus says "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. " Matthew 28:19. "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." (CCC1213). Original sin; the old self dies, and the person is reborn in Christ. Baptisms at St Mary's Basilica are celebrated on Saturday evening. The parents must procure the form for the reception of Baptism fill in and hand over the same in the parish office. The Church requires that the godparents be active, practicing Catholics.
"All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit..." Acts 2:4 "By the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by work and deed." (CCC1286). Confirmation seals our Baptism and confirms our commitment both to the Church and to the work of Christ in the world. Confirmation is received after completing one year of Faith formation or Religious Education program.
Jesus says "Do this in remembrance of me" Luke 22:19. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch." (CCC1324). Eucharist celebrates our life together as community, the presence of Christ in our midst. First Holy Eucharist is predominantly received when a child reaches the age of reason roughly about the eleven years. A Catholic is blessed to be able to receive the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ daily in the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist the Mass.
Jesus says "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." John 20:23. The Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation is received initially in preparation for First Holy Communion and thereafter often during the journey of life as we seek God's will. "It is called the Sacrament of Conversion" (CCC1423). Reconciliation celebrates and reminds us of God's mercy and helps us to experience divine forgiveness, forgives our sins and to become reconciled with others. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every week on Saturday from 6 P.m. to 7 p.m.
Jesus says "Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord." James 5:14. By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer 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." (CCC1499). Anointing of the Sick celebrates and reminds us of God's compassion and helps us to experience spiritual and sometimes physical strengthening when we are ill. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may be administered at any time upon request of the person.
Jesus says "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." Matthew 19:6. "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." (CCC1601). Matrimony joins two people in marriage for a lifetime of dedication to each other, to their children, and to the community. Weddings are celebrated at St Mary's Basilica on any day at 4 p.m. to be completed by 5.30 p.m. The preparation for this Sacrament is extensive and must begin at least six months prior to the desired wedding date.
Jesus says "And He appointed twelve, whom He also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message..." Mark 3:14. Sacrament of Holy Orders is the Sacrament of the apostolic ministry; It is for the bishops as the successors of the apostles to hand on the "gift of the Spirit". (CCC 1576). Holy order is the Sacrament by which a man enters each of the three orders of the clerical state. Ordination integrates men into the holy orders the of bishops, priests and deacons, empowering them for a lifetime of leadership and service in the Church. As per the desire of the Bishop the Ordination is given usually in the month of April- May.