St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

  St. Francis Xavier

     Catholic Church


                             66 Church Street     

                              Brockville, ON

                                  K6V 3X6


       Father Brian J. Price

Priest in Residence:  Father Jan Kusyk

Father Jan is Pastor of the following:

          St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lansdowne, ON

          St. Brendan Catholic Church in Rockport, ON

St. Francis Xavier Office Administrator

         Colette Thornycroft

Please contact Colette during office hours if you require a priest and/or if you have a general parish or church cemetery inquiry.

66 Church St., Brockville, ON K6V 3X6

(613) 342-2993

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday:  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  (CLOSED from Noon - 1:00 p.m.)
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED


The Catholic Church has seven (7) sacraments:

  1. Baptism

  2. Reconciliation,

  3. Holy Eucharist,

  4. Confirmation,

  5. Holy Matrimony,

  6. Holy Orders, and

  7. Anointing of the Sick.

The purpose of these sacraments “is to sanctify men, to build up the Body of Christ and, finally, to give worship to God. Because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it. That is why they are called 'sacraments of faith.”          CCC 1123

Click below to read all of the rules (Catechism) of the Catholic Church.

So what are the Sacraments?

The Catholic Church defines the Sacraments as: “efficacious signs of grace,    instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.”   CCC 1131

In essence, the Sacraments are not mere signs; they actually signify and make present divine grace in the lives of people who are properly disposed e.g. place no obstacles in the way. Each Sacrament gives a particular sacramental grace from the Holy Spirit, which helps us to cooperate with God's plan for our lives.


The Sacrament of Baptism joins a person to Christ’s mystical body (his church) and allows them to receive all other sacraments. By Baptism persons are cleansed of both their original sin and personal sin, have punishment for sin remitted, receive sanctifying grace (a share in the divine life), and a special character. Through baptism we truly become adopted daughters and sons of God, temples of the Holy Spirit. Through this Sacrament, we are truly made anew, become members of the Church, receive both theological & moral virtues, and receive the actual grace to assist us in living a moral life.

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“By the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized 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.”
                          CCC 1285

Necessary for the completion of baptismal grace, Confirmation helps us to witness, spread, and defend the faith both by word and action in our daily lives.

Confirmation is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as witnessed by the Apostles on the day of Pentecost.

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Instituted by Jesus himself on the night before He died, the Eucharist is considered the source of summit of Christian life. It is in the Eucharist that we truly and substantially encounter Jesus. The reception of this Sacrament completes Christian initiation.

The Eucharist is truly Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is not bread, or holy bread, or a cracker or biscuit; rather, it is truly and substantively Jesus himself. It is at the Mass, through validly ordained bishops and priests, whereby the Eucharist is truly made present.

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So what happens during the Mass at the words of consecration? At the words of consecration, spoken by a validly ordained bishop or priest and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine truly become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus. So while the appearance and the accents of bread and wine remain (e.g. appearance and taste), its substance truly changes into Jesus himself. This is known as Transubstantiation. After consecration, Christ is present wholly and entirely in each of the species. Thus, you receive the whole Christ.

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Appointments are now required for all Sacraments to be conferred.

Baptism: Contact the office three months ahead of the prospective date.

Confirmation: Contact the office regarding the next Confirmation Mass.

First Communion: Contact the office as soon as possible.

Holy Matrimony: Contact the office at least six (6) months ahead.

Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation: Contact the office anytime.

Holy Orders: Contact the office for more information.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation (known commonly as Confession) was instituted by Jesus Christ himself when He first appeared to the Apostles after His Resurrection. Breathing on them, Jesus said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained."   John 20:22-23 Reconciliation stresses the action of God, who uses the sacrament to reconcile us to Himself by restoring sanctifying Grace in our souls.

This sacrament is one of two sacraments of healing in the Catholic church.

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The Sacrament of Holy Orders “is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus, it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.” CCC 1536

Established at the Last Supper by Jesus Christ himself, the Sacrament of Holy Orders has been handed down by the Apostles through their successors (the Bishops) throughout time. That is why you can historically trace the church lineage of our current Pope back to Peter the Apostle.

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The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick confers a special grace on Christians suffering from a serious illness or old age. Only a bishop or priest can administer this Sacrament (not a deacon).

During the celebration of this Sacrament, the priest or bishop lays their hand on the sick, or elderly person and prays for a special grace and then anoints them with the Oil of the Sick, typically on the forehead and both hands. Unlike the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders, this Sacrament can be repeated.

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The Sacrament of Marriage is one of the two Sacraments of Service of Communion (the other is Holy Orders), which are directed towards the salvation of others. Such Sacraments “confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God.”
                            CCC 1534

Through the Sacrament of Marriage one man and one woman are joined together in a sacred covenant for life for the good of the spouses and for the procreation and education of offspring. God is the sole author of marriage.

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