St Vincent de Paul
The Parish of St Vincent de Paul is located in East Kilbride and is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell.
The Seven Sacraments of the Church
Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven; Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life; they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life. CCC 1210
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit 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.” CCC 1213
To make arrangements for a baptism please contact the parish priest.
“Those who approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offence committed against him and are at the same time reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labours for their conversion.” CCC1422
Saturday from 5.30pm
At other times on request
The Sacrament of the Eucharist
“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his body and blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.” CCC1322
Baptism, Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation” , whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of Baptismal grace. For by the sacrament of Confirmation the Baptised 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”. CCC1285
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptised persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a Sacrament. CCC1601
If you wish to arrange a marriage please contact the parish priest.
…”in the name of the whole Church”
The ministerial priesthood has the task not only of representing Christ – Head of the Church – before the assembly of the faithful, but also of acting in the name of the whole Church when presenting to God the prayer of the Church, and above all when offering the Eucharistic sacrifice. CCC1552
The ordination of deacons – “in order to serve”
“At a lower level of the hierarchy are to be found deacons, who receive the imposition of hands “not unto the priesthood, but unto the ministry”. At an ordination to the diaconate only the Bishop lays hands on the candidate, thus signifying the Deacons special attachment to the Bishop in the tasks of his diakonia” CCC1569
The ongoing life of the church depends on vocations to the priesthood. Our diocese has a director of vocations and we’d be delighted to make an introduction for any interested candidates.
Anointing of the sick
“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.” CCC1499