Roman Catholic Parishes of:

ST. MARY'S, ARISAIG

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL AID AND ST. CUMIN'S, MORAR

ARISAIG PARISH MORAR PARISH
 St. Mary's, ArisaigOur Lady of Perpetual Succor and St. Cumin's, MorarSt. Patrick's, Mallaig
Sunday Mass10amVigil-Mass 6pm11.30am
Holy Days of Obligation10.15amno MassVigil-Mass day before 7pm
Weekday MassWednesday, Saturday: 10.15amMonday, Friday: 10.15amTuesday 5pm; Thursday 10.15am
Houseboundevery 1st Thursdayevery 2nd Thursdayevery 3rd Thursday
May DevotionsLitany of Loreto during Exposition
June DevotionsLitany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus during Exposition
October DevotionsRosary before weekday Mass
Stations of the Crossevery Thursday 7pmevery second week between Morar and Mallaig: Tuesday or Friday before Mass
Exposition of the Blessed SacramentMorar, Friday 10.30am - 11am
Confessionsevery 1st Saturday: 10.30amevery 2nd, 4th, 5th Saturday: 5pmevery 3rd Saturday: 5pm

Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to "plunge" or "immerse"; the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the catechumen's burial into Christ's death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as "a new creature."

This sacrament is also called "the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit," for it signifies and actually brings about the birth of water and the Spirit without which no one "can enter the kingdom of God."

"This bath is called enlightenment, because those who receive this [catechetical] instruction are enlightened in their understanding . . . ." Having received in Baptism the Word, "the true light that enlightens every man," the person baptized has been "enlightened," he becomes a "son of light," indeed, he becomes "light" himself:

Baptism is God's most beautiful and magnificent gift. . . .We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God's Lordship.

 

Parents requesting Baptism for their child should contact the parish priest to arrange a meeting. At this meeting they should bring the full copy of the child's birth certificate.

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