SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
The Sacraments are a key part of church life and are celebrated within our Parish church community. Each year the Holy Spirit Parish offers a special process to help candidates and families prepare for the celebration of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (Yr 3, Term 3), First Communion (Yr 4, Term 2) and Confirmation (Yr 5, Term 1) for all children in the Parish of eligible age regardless of which school they attend. Our Sacramental Preparation places a strong emphasis on family involvement, as we recognize that parents/guardians are the main educators in faith of their children. This preparation is designed not only to prepare the candidates receiving the Sacrament, but also to involve and inform the parents and other family members, so that the experience can be shared as part of the family’s faith journey. It commences with a Welcome Rite. Then, for each of the Sacraments there are Preparation Sessions and one Weekend Mass Ritual to attend. We ask that one of the parents (or both) accompany your child to the Preparation Sessions so that the preparation of the candidates can continue at home.
To ensure your child’s place in the preparation for the sacraments, you are required to:
- Read the information brochure on the Sacrament to ensure you are able to commit to the required dates
- Book online (below) through our Parish Website
- Attend the Parents Information Session
- Attend an Enrolment Mass with your payment for the program
- Provide a copy of your child’s Baptism (no originals copy please) if he/she did not receive this Sacrament at this Parish.
SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION AT HOLY SPIRIT PARISH
Here at Holy Spirit, we offer:
- First Reconciliation to Year 3 students – Registrations now open
- Holy Communion to Year 4 Students – Registrations now open
- Confirmation to Year 5 or 6 Students Download Sponsor’s Letter. – Registrations now open
Your child is welcome to join the program if they are older than the suggested age.The program is advertised at all local Catholic and State Primary Schools in St Clair/Erskine Park/Kemps Creek.
Please contact the Sacramental Coordinator at the Parish Office if your child:
- Has not been Baptised
- Is 17 years or older
- Has been baptised in a non denominational ceremony or a non Christian ceremony
- Has been baptised in a different Rite (for Eg Melkite)
Baptisms are held on Sundays at 11:30am.
Prior to having a child baptised, parents and godparents (if possible) are required to attend a Preparation Evening at the parish centre as well as a Mass to present the child to the Community.
Baptisms can also be celebrated within a Weekend Mass.
Please contact the Parish Secretary to make further enquiries on (02) 9670 8222 or contact the parish office.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
"The Rite of Christian Initiation is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts".
This process is offered by our parish to all adults who would like to know more about the Catholic Church.
After an Inquiry Night, the participants meet on a weekly basis from September 'til Christmas, joining in discussions and hearing talks on various aspects of the catholic tradition & sharing their insights into the scriptures which are read at Sunday Mass.
From mid–February up to Easter these meetings are blended into the Sunday Mass so that various "Rites" (or ceremonies) can be performed that gradually introduce the candidates/catechumens to a fuller participation in our faith.
Then, on Holy Saturday night at the Easter Vigil those who have asked to join the Christian Community are Baptised, (or else they are received into the Catholic Church since their baptism has already taken place in some other denomination) and they receive the other Sacraments of Confirmation and Communion which make them full participating members of the Catholic Church.
The third period of their formal formation lasts until Pentecost Sunday so that they can gain confidence in the fact that they are "newly planted" in the garden of faith and can now grow into the ordinary life and Ministry of the Parish.
If you would like more information you are welcome to contact the parish office or one of the parish clergy.
A young woman protested to her mother that she was the one being married and should be allowed to do things her way. “Mother”, said the bride-to-be, “You had your wedding twenty-five years ago”. “No, dear,” came the reply, “that was my mother’s wedding.”
In our tradition marriage is a Sacrament, one of seven. Simply put, Sacraments are signs or acts of God’s love which touch us as we are.
As husband and wife grow together, love, offend, forgive, reconcile, work through disappointment and emerge as united, they become a living and effective sign that says to all: this is the way God is. He loves us through thick and thin, for better, for worse, 'til death and beyond. Marriage is a sign, a Sacrament, of that.
The decision to marry is one of the most significant decisions in life. Since it effects both State and Church there are certain requirements to be fulfilled:
MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM
This entails a seminar of approximately eleven hours duration and is conducted by trained and married educators. Contact the parish office for more information and bookings. See Catholic Engaged Encounter at engagedencounter.org
Life is a process and married life even more so. The Sacrament of Marriage is a gift to those who wish to return to the values and Spirit they know they will need in their life together.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
THE HEALING POWER OF CHRIST
At the 9.05 a.m. Mass on the 1st Friday of the month an anointing of the sick takes place. In the celebration of anointing and in Communion the sick are brought into the presence of Christ who strengthens them to face and overcome the suffering and “evil” by which we are challenged when we are sick.
This is not only a moment of healing for those who are sick but a time in which all can recognise their own debility and weakness. It is an occasion when the sick and suffering themselves can minister to the whole community showing how the state of sickness and diminishment can lead to deeper faith and depth of understanding.