For first time parents, please watch the Sacraments 101 video and complete the Homework sheet, e-mailing it to the office at email@example.com
Also, please view the Celebration Video so that you know what to expect when your time comes.
Parents who do not live within the parish boundaries and are not attending church at Our Lady of Hope or St. Anthony’s need to have a letter of permission from their proper parish for us to Baptize their child. This letter is not difficult to get. Call the closest Catholic Church to where you live and the secretary will type up the necessary letter.
Choosing Sponsors (Godparents):
Sponsors (commonly known as Godparents) together with the parents present the infant for Baptism and help the child live and learn the Catholic Faith as they grow to become adults. Sponsors also act as official witnesses that the sacrament was celebrated. One Sponsor, male or female, is sufficient. However, two is traditional, one of each sex (not two Godmothers or two Godfathers).
No more than two Sponsors is permitted. Sponsors are to be no less than 16 years of age, Confirmed Catholics, and live a lifestyle which befits the role that they are undertaking. Sponsors are not to be the parents of the infant. A Baptized Non-Catholic Christian may be a Godparent only in company with a Catholic Godparent of the opposite sex and are known as a Christian Witness.
Please attach to the Baptism Registration Form copies of the Godparents Baptism Certificates.
Non-Baptized people are not to be Godparents as they can not fulfill their responsibility of assisting parents in teaching and role modeling the Catholic Faith. A Proxy may be chosen to replace a Sponsor at the ceremony if the Sponsor cannot attend. They thus only act as an official witness that the sacrament occurred.
Once the Sacrament of Baptism has taken place, the godparent can never be changed. Choose wisely!
Complete Baptism Registration Form 2020and email/mail/drop off to the parish office. You will be contacted to book a date for the Baptism Celebration.
Scripture Readings: When planning the Funeral Mass, you may choose the scripture readings from the booklet provided by the Funeral Home or church. You may also choose people to read the First and Second Readings. The Gospel is read by the clergy.
Eulogy: The Eulogy (Words of Remembrance) can be said either at the beginning or end of Mass, but please keep your speech to three minutes in length.
Music for Funerals: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our choir is unavailable. A musician and soloist can be hired. Please call the office for more information.
Our Lady of Hope has a funeral choir of over 15 voices who are happy to accommodate your choice of music. Our choir director is Bebhinn Albiani. Please note that only sacred music is sung; however, should there be special circumstances please feel free to discuss it with us. The following is a list of popular hymns sung for the Mass. You may choose a maximum of three (3) pieces:
1. Amazing Grace
2. Ave Maria
3. Be Not Afraid
4. Be Still and Know
5. Be With Me Lord
6. City of God
7. Come Home
8. Hail Mary, Gentle Woman
9. Here I am Lord
10. How Great Thou Art
11. I Am the Bread of Life
12. I have Loved You
13. I Will Never Forget You
14. Immaculate Mary
15. Into Your Hands
16. Like a Shepherd
17. Love is Gentle
18. My Redeemer
19. O Lord Hear My Prayer
20. On Eagle’s Wings
21. Only a Shadow
22. Only In God
23. Panis Angelicus
24. Pescadore des Hombres
25. Prayer of St. Francis
26. Song of Farewell
27. Songs of the Angels
28. You Are Mine
29. You Are Near
Luncheon: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, luncheons are prohibited.
If you wish to have a luncheon after the Funeral Mass, our parish hall is usually available. The seating capacity of our hall is approximately 120 people. Please check with the parish secretary. Regretfully, our parish CWL cannot supply the food; however, you may hire the services of our caterer Rayan, who can be reached at: 705-988-5515. Rayanrkcatering@hotmail.com
If you choose to have your funeral luncheon in the parish hall, please advise the church and caterer as soon as possible.
Suggested Donation: We do not charge for services, but a suggested donation of $275.00 payable to “Our Lady of Hope Parish” is appreciated to cover the use of the church and the priest’s salary. A tax receipt for this amount will be issued. The funeral choir called “Hope’s Adieu” would welcome a donation too. Suggested donation payable to them is $150.00 which covers costs for a musician, choir and director. Lougheed’s and Co-operative funeral homes will processes these donations.