Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation. In baptism, we are “born of water and the Spirit,” we are given the ability to “walk in the newness of life,” and we fulfill the command of Christ to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
We are delighted that you are interested in your child becoming a member of the Catholic Church. A child is baptized in the faith of the Church, a faith proclaimed for them by you, their parents, and their godparents. Together with the godparents you represent both the local Church and the whole society of saints and believers. St. Augustine tells us that: “The whole Church is the mother of all and the mother of each. “It is important for every child to belong to a faith community. The people of God, namely the Church, and more directly this faith community, have an important role to play as we welcome each new member with their family. We are eager to make your experience a very special one.
Baptism at St. Francis Xavier and St. Peter’s-on-the-Thames
Preparation for Baptism may begin before the baby is born. Pertinent information regarding parents and godparents is required. Parents must be registered in the parish before their child can be baptized. Children who are of a catechetical age before being baptized,, i.e have completed Grade 2, may be prepared for all three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion.
If you are new to our faith community, consider walking with us for awhile. Come to mass regularly. Introduce yourself to the staff so you can get to know us and we can get to know you. See if this is the community where you and your child belong. When you are ready, review the process “Preparing for your Child’s Baptism” found below and then complete the Application Form also found below. If you are a long time member of the community or already know you belong here, begin the process right away. In either case, by considering Baptism for your child, you are exploring the privilege to make a profession of faith on your child’s behalf. It is wonderful that you wish to share your faith with your child in this way. If we can help you in any way, please ask. If you have any further questions about Baptism, please contact Father Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baptism brochure – Be sure to read this important information and bring it with you to your preparation sessions.
Baptism Application www.tinyurl.com/TilFamBaptism
Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s-on-the-Thames
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier
By Appointment Anytime
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Dear parents and children – welcome to our preparation program this year for First Reconciliation and First Communion! These sacraments help us in our relationship with Jesus Christ – whose teachings and example we follow in our everyday life.
How to register:
Registration is online. Please go to https://form.jotform.com/92384630913257 If you are unable to attach a copy of your child’s birth certificate, please bring it with you to our first preparation session. First Confession must be completed before First Communion.
Family Catechetical Sundays:
Your family is requested to attend Sunday Mass at St. Francis Xavier on the dates listed below. Your child will join our Children’s Church following the first part of the Mass and return to you for the second half of the Mass. Following the Mass there will be a short 15 min presentation downstairs in the hall on the sacrament your child is preparing for. The whole family is welcome to attend, but at least one adult must accompany the child making the sacrament. Each session is required.
Preparation for First Reconciliation/Confession:
February 2: 10:00 am Mass & Presentation in the hall after Mass
February 16: 10:00 am Mass & Presentation in the hall after Mass
March 1: 10:00 am Mass & Presentation in the hall after Mass
First Reconciliation: Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 pm at St. Francis Xavier Church
Preparation for First Communion:
March 29: 10:00 am Mass & Presentation in the hall after Mass
April 26: 10:00 am Mass & Presentation in the hall after Mass
May 17: 10:00 am Mass & Presentation in the hall after Mass
Saturday, May 23, 5 pm St. Francis Xavier
Sunday, May 24, 8:30 am St. Peter’s
Sunday, May 24, 10:00 am St. Francis Xavier
Questions or concerns: Please contact email@example.com (Deacon Raymond) or stfrancis.dol.ca
Pope Francis expressed the beauty of this Sacrament in this recollection by Andrea Tornielli:
“In this regard, the Pope spoke about a dialogue that happened in a confessional where a man, hearing this about mercy, had replied to Bergoglio: “Oh, father, if you knew my life, you would not speak like that! I have done very bad things!” And he replied, “Better! Go to Jesus: he likes it if you tell him these things! He forgets, He has a special ability to forget. He kisses you, He embraces you, and He says to you: ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on, sin no more.’ That is the only advice he gives you. After a month, we are in the same condition…Let us return to the Lord. The Lord never gets tired of forgiving – Never! It is we who get tired of asking him for forgiveness. And let us ask for the grace of never tiring of asking him for forgiveness. And let us ask for the grace of never tiring of asking pardon, for He never tires of pardoning.”
Children who are baptized and are in Grade 2 usually begin preparation to receive both the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist during that school year. It is strongly recommended that children celebrate their First Reconciliation before receiving their First Communion.
Parents of children in the Catholic schools connected to our parish (St. Joseph and St. Francis in Tilbury) are contacted through the schools and informed of the upcoming sacraments in our parishes. Parents of children at other schools are asked to contact our offices to register their children.
Preparation elements include: an information meeting for parents in October; a workbook to be completed by children with help from their parents at home; in-class instruction by Grade 2 teachers at our Catholic schools which will be supplemented by class visits by our pastoral team; and special catechism sessions for the children over three consecutive weekends during the 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Francis during the season of Lent.
First Communion for children is celebrated at each of our parishes during the regular Masses of two weekends during the Easter season. Parents will be informed of the specific weekend options during the preparation time leading up to the First Communions. For those children who may not be able to be at any of those regularly scheduled celebrations, the First Communion may be celebrated at another regular parish Mass after arrangements are made with the parish.
Schedule for the Rite of Confirmation 2019
The following is a listing of the scheduled sessions that the candidates are required to attend. Sponsors are strongly encouraged to be present with their candidate at all meetings to provide support. All meetings are held at St. Francis Xavier Church.
Information & Registration Meeting: Friday, September 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm at St. Francis Xavier Hall. Students in Grade 7 are invited to attend. At least one parent and the child/student wishing to make their sacraments in the 2019/2020 school year MUST ATTEND. Please bring the baptismal certificate of your child with you to registration night.
If you have a child who attends Ecole St. Francis and would prefer for your child to receive the sacraments in the French language, you may register them for the sacraments with Paroisse de la Visitation Parish in Comber or Immaculee Conception in Pain Court. Visitation’s Confirmation information night is Friday, September 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm. For Confirmation at Immaculee Conception contact Anita at the Parish.
You may register online for Confirmation, at https://form.jotform.com/92384860880265 but attendance at the meeting is still required.
These dates for Confirmation preparation can also be found on Upcoming Events page. as they become determined.
The Confirmation preparation program here at our parishes consists of: an information night for parents; working through the Decision Point video series (http://dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation/view-program/) either in-class at one of the Catholic schools connected to our parishes (St. Joseph or St. Francis in Tilbury) or at home; completing 10 service hours; participating in our parish-based retreat day; and completing an interview with our pastoral team; attendance at our Pentecost Sunday Masses for a special blessing and gifting ceremony. There may be other opportunities for preparation provided by the school, parish or diocese. Parents of Grade 7 and 8 students at our Catholic schools will be notified through the schools when registration is open for Confirmation; adult candidates and parents of children outside of our schools can register at any time through our parish offices.
Please contact the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Thibodeau & Laura Carroll who were married at St. Peter’s on October 6;
Scott Parent & Angela Quenneville who were married at St. Francis on October 13;
Scott Lewis & Jessica Wills who were married at St. Francis on October 20
Any Catholic who is presently a member of the parish cluster, and who is free to marry, can be married at St. Francis Xavier or St. Peter’s-on-the-Thames. Couples intending to be married are asked to please contact the pastor before making any other arrangements. One year notice is required so that the proper preparation can take place. Please contact the Parish Office at 519-682-1102 or contacting the pastor directly at email@example.com
You are planning to spend the rest of your lives together. Every step must be taken to ensure your happiness and a good knowledge of your duties and responsibilities and of the requirements of Christian marriage. All couples, before entering into marriage, must attend a preparation course which has been designed to assist you in your new life together and address various issues of married life. This is in addition to the meetings you will have with the parish priest/ deacon/ or pastoral minister. If you have been away from regularly practicing your faith – welcome home ! We will be offering a variety of programs to help you spiritually prepare for the reception of the sacrament of marriage. Programs like ALPHA or Catholic Update may be part of your preparation after mutual agreement between yourself and the celebrant. Your parish priest will provide you with the appropriate dates and times.
Attendance at our Family Gatherings (Sunday Mass) is not only encouraged but required. Perfection is not required – but a willing heart is!
There are several preparation options available to couples who are planning to be married in our parish cluster.
Chatham Family of Parishes – no Marriage Prep in 2019
Wallaceburg – Holy Redeemer Cluster – February 23 & 24, 2019
Blenheim – no Marriage Prep in 2019
May 24 & 25, 2019
Visitation Parish Preparation Course (call 519-687-3118)
Belle River – St. Simon and St. Jude – no Marriage Prep in 2019
Essex – Holy Name of Jesus – March 29 & 30 AND November 22 & 23, 2019
Leamington – no Marriage Prep in 2019
Living our Faith in Love online course
A Weekend course in London through the Diocese of London
The Catechism puts it this way: “Anointing of the Sick” is not a sacrament for those who are the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly arrived.”
This Sacrament is celebrated communally twice a year at Tilbury Manor and Hudson Manor. We celebrate it as a parish on the Sunday closest to the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes – World Day of Prayer for the Sick (at all Masses). It is also celebrated individually by appointment or in emergencies by contacting Fr. Christopher Bourdeau at 519-682-2256 (the rectory).
This year, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass and Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Mass and at St. Peter’s-on-the-Thames on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
We’re blessed to have St. Peter’s Seminary within our diocese in London. It works at forming priests, permanent deacons and lay ministers to serve the Church throughout Canada.
If you feel you may be called to a religious vocation or know someone who may be, please contact our diocesan vocations director, Fr. Patrick Beneteau at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our vocations website.
A list of the various Religious Communities of Consecrated Life for men and women can be found on the Diocese of London website
Do you know someone who has questions about the Catholic Faith? Maybe that person is you! Or maybe you are someone who has a kind heart that would like to journey with someone who is considering the faith? Contact our Pastoral Minister about registering for RCIA – the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Even if you are already Catholic and would like an “update” or “refresher” on your faith – joining this year’s RCIA team might just be for you! Typically members meet once a week for an hour and a half to learn and discuss the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic faith.
Explore the faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a journey of conversion on the living community of faith. It is an ongoing process in which adults and children prepare for initiation through prayer, rituals, reflection on the Word of God, teachings of the Church, community activities and support from and service to others.
RCIA culminates in the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist)
RCIA is for:
-Adults who have not received any of the Sacraments of Initiation
-Adults who have been baptized Catholic but have not been Confirmed and/or not received their First Communion
-Children who attend public or Catholic school or are being home schooled, who are 8 years old (in Grade 3) or older and who have not been baptized or received First Communion
First Holy Communion
Matrimony: Why Make it Catholic
Anointing of the Sick