St. Patrick's Cathedral

Thunder Bay, Ontario

211 South Archibald Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1G4
Phone: (807) 622-5389 Fax: (807) 622-1529

Sacramental Celebrations

 

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RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (R.C.I.A.)

In this formation process, adults embark on a journey of Faith which helps them to discern whether or not to seek Baptism or membership in  the Catholic Church. It is for:
– non baptized adults;
– those who have been baptized in other Christian denominations and;
– baptized adult Catholics who have not been Confirmed or catechized.
Each year, the Process begins in the Fall and ends with the Mass of Easter Vigil when those who have participated publicly celebrate their Sacraments of Initiation. To register, please call the Parish Office (622-5389) or print and complete this Form and return it to us:

FORM FOR ADULT BAPTISM OR FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (click to open)

 

 

BAPTISM FOR INFANTS & CHILDREN

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Baptism, the gateway to all the  Sacraments, begins one’s  Christian  journey of life. In the Cathedral, this Sacrament is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 12:00 Noon. To register their child for Baptism, parents are  asked to notify the Parish Office at least 1 month prior to their preferred date of choice. To prepare for their child’s reception of the Sacrament, parents and godparents are expected to attend one class of instruction prior to the celebration in the Cathedral.

 

 

FIRST CONFESSION AND FIRST COMMUNION:
In the Spring each year.

 
   

 

 

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WEEKLY SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

In the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance), through the Ministry of   the  Church, Christ forgives and reconciles those who repent of their sins.

Individual Confessions are heard in the Cathedral each Saturday from 4:00 pm until 4:45 pm.        

Two communal Penitential Services with individual confessions, one in Advent and the other in Lent are celebrated each year in each of the two wards of the City.

 


THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION:
On Pentecost Sunday each year

  
This third Sacrament of Initiation imparts the fullness of the Holy Spirit upon the baptized and brings with it the 7 spiritual gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgement, Knowledge, Courage, Piety and Reverence for God. In the Cathedral Parish it is celebrated annually on Pentecost Sunday. Registration and one preparation meeting is required for candidates and sponsors.

 

 

THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

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Christian Marriage is an unbreakable bond of life and love between a man and a woman. Each must freely promise exclusive fidelity to each other in a union open to children. To prepare for their marriage, couples are required to contact the Parish Office 6 months before their wedding and then to meet with the Cathedral Rector to complete the documents required for their marriage. A  course of preparation is also required. This weekend course takes place in the Cathedral Auditorium in the spring of each year and is organized and presented by volunteer married couples.

 

 

 

HOLY ORDERS (PRIESTHOOD & PERMANENT DIACONATE)
AND CONSECRATED LIFE

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If you feel called to the Priesthood, to Religious Life or to the Permanent Diaconate, please notify Msgr. Stilla,  either by e-mail at: stpatsrector@shaw.ca or by telephone at:  (807) 622-5389.  He will provide you with the information you will need to help you discern your Religious Vocation.

 

THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK

  
This Sacrament of Healing is celebrated for those who are physically, psychologically or emotionally ill, those preparing to undergo serious surgery or persons in danger of death.
A communal celebration of Anointing is celebrated on the  first Saturday of each Month at the 12:10 pm Mass.

In hospital emergencies when the Cathedral Rector cannot be reached or is not available, the family should ask hospital personnel to contact the  ‘Priest- on-Call’.