Sacraments

Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 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." – Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213

The Sacrament of Baptism (Infants and Children) is celebrated on selected Sunday’s throughout the year at 12:00 Midday.

Parents seeking Baptism should contact the Parish Office to enquire about available dates for the rest of the year.

Confession

"On the evening of that day, the first day of the week," Jesus showed himself to his apostles. "He breathed on them, and said to them: 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained"' (Jn 20:19, 22-23). -  CCC 1485

The Sacrament of Confession is available in the Church on:

Saturday Evening 5:15pm – 5:45pm
Sunday Morning 9:50am – 10:15am

Those who wish to speak with a priest at further length or who are unable to make the scheduled times of confession should contact the Parish Priest.

The Following Pamphlets may assist you in preparing for the Sacrament of Confession.

  • Examination of Conscience

Marriages

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1799). – CCC 1661

The Sacrament of Marriage is celebrated on request.

Couples should contact the Parish office with at least 9 months notice to commence marriage preparation.

Funerals

All the sacraments, and principally those of Christian initiation, have as their goal the last Passover of the child of God which, through death, leads him into the life of the Kingdom. Then what he confessed in faith and hope will be fulfilled: "I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come." – CCC 1680

Funerals are celebrated at Holy Family at the Request of the family.

Families should make contact with the Parish office promptly following the death of a loved one to begin planning.

Funerals at Holy Family are organized in accordance with the Archdiocese of Melbourne Guidelines for Preparing a Catholic Funeral.

Families are encouraged to use our Parish Musician when planning music for the Funeral.

Parish Soloist/Pianist

Rebecca Walker
http://www.amazinggracemusic.com.au/

Sacramental Program for State School Children

Whilst the preparation for Sacraments within the Parish happens primarily through Holy Family Primary School we also provide a program on request for Children from the Parish who are attending local state/private schools.

Please contact the Parish Office for more information

Adult Faith Formation and RCIA

Adults who have not received the Sacraments or who are interested in being received into the Catholic Church through Baptism should contact the Parish Office for more information.