Other sacraments

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For information or reservations, please contact Daniela Staffa at
(514) 842-2925, extension 224
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Confirmation

In Canada, Confirmation is open to young people 10 or 11 years of age or to adults who feel themselves ready to receive this sacrament. It is celebrated by the bishop or his representative, who lays his hands upon the confirmand, anoints him or her with the Holy Chrism (perfumed oil) saying: “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Confirmation imparts spiritual growth and strengthens baptismal grace (see Acts 8:14–17). Like Baptism, it is received only once. It strengthens our bond with the Church, and confers a special strength from the Holy Spirit to help us bear witness to the Christian faith in word and deed as true witnesses of Christ.

To receive this sacrament, please contact the Pastoral Service in your parish. If you are a member of Notre-Dame Parish, please contact us.

The Eucharist

All Catholics who have been initiated into the rites of the Church may attend the various Masses that we celebrate. Mass schedule

Communion of the Sick : Only parishioners of Notre-Dame may enjoy the services of the Basilica’s priests. Other communicants should call the Pastoral Services of their respective parishes.

The essence of the sacrament

Jesus said: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life” (John 6:54).

The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life. This celebration always comprises:

  • An introduction
  • A liturgy of the Word, including the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospel
  • A Eucharistic liturgy of praise, thanksgiving and intercession with the consecration of the bread and wine. The communion closes this part.
  • A conclusion: the blessing by the priest and the sending forth of the faithful into the world to bear witness

The sacrifice

The Eucharist symbolizes the Pasch of Christ, the work of salvation made present by the action of the liturgy. It is Christ Himself who acts through the ministry of the priests and the prayers of the faithful, and offers the sacrifice. Christ is really present under the species of bread and wine. The sacrifice is one of praise and thanksgiving.

The benefits

The Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits from God.

The state of grace

Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be in the state of grace. Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not receive communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of Penance. Holy Communion increases the communicant’s union with the Lord, and reinforces the unity of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.

Holy Communion may be received only by those who hold the Catholic belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

The Anointing of the Sick

To receive this sacrament, one’s own parish priest should be called. “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 already arrived.” If you live within the bounds of our parish, you may call a priest at 514-842-2925 or 514-849-1070. If you are in hospital, please contact the chaplain.

The essence of the sacrament

With the Oil of the Sick, the priest anoints the forehead and then the hands of the sick person, saying: “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.”
The sick person answers: “Amen”
The priest adds: “May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”
The sick person answers: “Amen”
The biblical text is taken from the letter of Saint James 5:14–15:
“Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders [presbyters] of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

“It is not the flesh that is real, it is the soul. The flesh is ashes, the soul is fire”
— Victor Hugo