In keeping with ancient tradition, Monica and Ruth provide sacraments to St. Brigid's members and the wider community.
The word sacrament comes from the Latin word for 'holy', sacer. As signs of the sacred, sacraments are considered to be 'set apart' from everyday life. In this sense, they have at times been used to denigrate the body and set women apart from men. At St. Brigid's, we use the sacraments to honour the Holy that is present in all embodied life.
We can see from their symbols that the sacraments are rooted in the physical world: water, fire, bread, wine, oil, human hands. Jesus's words at the last supper, "This is my body" and "This is my blood", further reveal the sacredness of incarnation. We therefore perform the sacraments as a celebration of our embodiment and God's presence in our lives.
Our desire is to create sacramental experiences that are meaningful for the specific person receiving them. If you are interested in receiving any of the sacraments, please speak to Monica or Ruth, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In baptism, we are formally welcomed into the community of Christ.
First Communion: we experience the fullness of God's love that is present in the gifts of the Earth and in community -- and we give thanks.
Confirming our desire to participate in the body of Christ through conscious choices and acts of mercy, justice and love is the decision of a maturing person.
Matrimony is the celebration of two hearts and two bodies becoming one.
Confession unburdens the mind and soul; forgiveness heals and returns us to our true centre in God once again.
Anointing of the Sick
In times of illness, the love of God is made present to us through the laying of hands and anointing with oil, and strengthens us.
If you are interested in receiving Holy Orders with Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP), please visit the RCWP website for more information. Ruth and Monica are also happy to discuss ordination with anyone who is interested.