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  • Stewardship Chair - Christ The Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish of Swift Current
    if they were treated as a person worthy ofrespect and dignity and not just a number Do you feel like just a number in our church If so we want to change that Strong vibrant ministry nurtures people When people receive good ministry they feel cared for and loved There is a documented link between customers parishioners who are satisfied with the level of service and the ir coming back for more If you feel welcome and part of the parish you are more inclined to attend Mass on a regular basis People come to church because they have a need Our ministry is to respond to that need to be a presence of Christ to them to be the light of Christ Christ the Redeemer offers one stop shopping You want liturgy we have mass times for you Just had a baby we have a sacrament for that Like to eat we have lots of socials with great food In love we want to celebrate that Mourning a loss we want to grieve with you and offer you hope If I took my car to a garage for servicing I d feel uncomfortable out of place out of my element I don t understand my vehicle well enough nor the tools needed for servicing When people come into our parish they may feel the same way They may be a little embarrassed they haven t been to church much they don t know anyone they feel out of their comfort zone When parents bring their children to celebrate first Eucharist or confirmation often one of the parents is non Catholic I can only imagine they feel out of place The golden rule of customer service is based on the teaching of Jesus do unto others as you would have

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  • Social Chairperson - Christ The Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish of Swift Current
    choice to help out the Social Committee That first year I did start out slowing by baking a few pies for our Fall Supper It was soon after that Ben and I began to volunteer as occasional hosts for the Sunday morning coffee and doughnuts after the 9 00 a m Mass Over time I wanted to and w as able to offer more of my time to the committee and now I am serving as the Social Chairperson What does the Social Committee do We help to foster fellowship within our community This is accomplished by coordinating many of the following activities within Christ the Redeemer Parish This list includes Organizing Sunday morning coffee hosts for after the 9 00 a m Mass The celebration after the Easter Vigil Mass for the RCIA candidates Graduation Mass Celebration Parish Picnics Fall Supper Social after the All Souls Mass Organizing many of the Parish Pancake Breakfasts I have found that my participation in these events has strengthened my faith helped out the Parish I consider my home and the allowed me to gain many new friends I con sider the donation of my time and talent as small when compared to

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  • Liturgy Chair - Christ The Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish of Swift Current
    seasons of the church year such as Advent Christmas Lent Easter Pentecost and ordinary time Through the sacristans altar servers and the ministers that enrich every Mass with their service and preparation Through catechesis like the Children s liturgy and the Bible Study groups which give us a better understanding of our faith Being a part of the liturgy planning helps me to appreciate my Catholic faith Another benefit of involvement in any ministry is getting know different people in our church family Greeting parishioners before Mass is a step out of my comfort zone but it helps me participate in being a welcoming part of the parish Planning for feasts and seasons of the church year teaches me about the rich traditions in our celebrations When I help the décor group put their creative ideas into place the seasonal church celebrations take on new meaning Attending the Bible study helps me to apply the scriptures to my life and they take on more meaning when I hear the passages read at Mass My involvement with the liturgy committee is fulfilling because it helps me grow in my faith and participate in the life of the church Wednesday February 25

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  • Social Justice Chair - Christ The Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish of Swift Current
    Justice work is based on Scripture and the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy Some of the things we are involved in at our parish are providing food clothing and household items to any persons who are in need of them We host a monthly afternoon social for our seniors visit some of the sick and shut ins and sometimes only provide compassion and a listening ear In the larger community we work with the Newcomers Welcome Centre and the new Youth Centre With the help of a few ladies book bags are being made for the Literacy group at the local College We support the mission work of Fr Roland Dubourt through your donations of pennies and loose change to help in building a church at his new Mission We support the Mission School at Brabant Lake in Northern Saskatchewan as well as our own Catholic schools through the Breakfast for Learning program We promote the Fall Education and Share Lent programs of Development and Peace as well as collect used stamps which assist them in providing funds to their partners in other parts of the world We also promote and support the sanctity of all human life from

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  • Baptism - Christ The Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish of Swift Current
    the date of the Baptism The Church emphasizes the role of parents as the first and best teachers of their child in the ways of the faith and Christian values During the Baptism the parents of the child promise to do their best to raise their child in the practice of the faith Obviously the parents should manifest their faith by participating in the weekly Sunday Eucharist with the faith community into which their child is to be incorporated We look for an honest and wholehearted commitment on the part of the parents It is never our intention to deny Baptism to anyone However there may be circumstances that would lead us to suggest the postponement of the Baptism until the parents are ready to carry out the promises they must make at the Baptism ceremony Your child will only be baptized into the Catholic Church if there is a reasonable expectation that you the parents will raise the children in the Church Knowingly living in an invalid marriage not married in the church and knowingly defying the Catholic Church for the purpose of convenience shows a lack of faith and creates a real concern that the child will not be raised Catholic Canon 868 1 States that for an infant to be baptized licitly a The parents or at least one of them or the person who legitimately takes their place must consent b There must be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion if such hope is altogether lacking the baptism is to be delayed according to the prescripts of particular law after the parents have been advised about the reason if you are choosing not to live as a Catholic why will you want your child baptized as a Catholic How can you do that if you ve rejected the faith Baptism is not simply an act of initiation or a blessing It s not just a tradition It s a very holy and sacred thing meant for believers Canon law requires a well founded hope that the children will be raised Catholic Baptism initiates the baptized person into the Catholic community Hence it is most appropriate to celebrate Baptism at a time when the community is together which is when we come together to celebrate Eucharist If you regularly go to church and intend to raise the child Catholic there is no canonical or legal impediment to baptizing your child but if you are not canonically married in the church for the sake of your own soul and so you may receive the awesome gift of the true Body and Blood of Christ worthily we encourage you to get your marriage regularized Before a child will be baptized the parents must complete the process of preparing for the Baptism a date and time will be fixed for the Sacrament Since the Baptism is celebrated within the context of the weekend Mass it is essential that each family arrive well

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  • Confirmation - Christ The Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish of Swift Current
    Jerusalem Acts 2 1 42 As explained above Baptism the Eucharist and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the sacraments of Christian initiation whose unity must be safeguarded The sacrament of confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace 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 word and deed CCC 1326 Those who have received instruction and are suitably prepared receive Confirmation and are thus considered adult members of the Church They are expected to be active in Church ministries and Parish programs The sponsor at Confirmation act as a witness to the reception of this Sacrament and it is advised that sponsors be the same person that was present at their Baptism The dates of the preparation sessions and the actual celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation would be on your parish calendars or you may phone the office for more information Wednesday February 25 2015 The Sacraments Baptism Confirmation Communion Confession First Reconcilliation Marriage Anointing of the Sick Holy Orders Stewardship

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  • Communion - Christ The Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish of Swift Current
    grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist This Sacrament was instituted as the Holy Eucharist at the Passover meal the day before He died Luke 22 14 20 and the early Christian Community dedicated themselves to the breaking of bread in fellowship Acts 2 42 The Holy Eucharist is the body blood soul and divinity of Jesus Christ At Mass when the priest pronounces the words of consecration This is my body this is my blood the substance of bread is changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus and the substance of wine is changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Catholics are required to fast one hour before receiving Communion except those aged over 65 and if anyone is not in the State of Grace they are to go to Confession before receiving Holy Communion Only Catholics are allowed to receive communion at the Holy Mass Non Catholics may come forward with arms folded across their chests and receive a blessing We show our respect and belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist by genuflecting as we enter the Church In our parish we expose the Blessed Sacrament for

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  • Confession - Christ The Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish of Swift Current
    required to go to Confession if they have committed a serious sin The Church recommends that people go to confession even if they have venial sins Absolution takes away sin and the priest as a wounded healer too helps to bring the forgiveness and love of Jesus Christ to us through the prayer said over our heads in the confession al After going to Confession and having our sins forgiven we are once again reconciled with God and with the Church and the eternal punishment due for our serious sins is forgiven Helpful Guide to celebrating the Sacrament of Confession Prepare Prayerfully recall your sins Some will be specific actions Some represent a more general pattern of behavior In the confession al When in the reconciliation room you may either kneel anonymously behind a screen or sit in a chair where you may speak face to face with the priest Relax in God s presence You and the priest may greet each other Make the sign of the cross The priest may urge you to have confidence in God You may start by saying Forgive me Father for I have sinned it has been blank days months years since my last confession I accuse myself of the following sins Confess your sins If you like you may discuss the sins you re confessing so the priest can give you the best counsel Receive a penance The priest will recommend some action after you leave to indicate to God the sincerity in your heart Usually he suggests prayer or self denial If it sounds difficult let him know Pray the Act of Contrition O my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of

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