“The Sacraments, especially Confession and the Eucharist, are privileged places of encountering Christ.“
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) February 8, 2014
Masterworks of God
Sacraments are “powers that comes forth” from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are “the masterworks of God” in the new and everlasting covenant.
“HUSBANDS, LOVE YOUR WIVES, AS CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH”
Marriage gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his church; the grace of the sacrament then perfects the human love of spouses, strengthens their dissoluble unity, and sanctifies them to the eternal life.
The Christian home is the place where children receive the proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian clarity.
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The Catholic Community of City South is developing a parish based sacramental program
CONFIRMATION – The next celebration of Confirmation will be in 2021 for those in grades 5 & 6
“AND WHEN HE HAD SAID THIS, HE BREATHED ON THEM AND SAID TO THEM, RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT…”
This sacrament is celebrated about the age of ten or so. Currently, it is celebrated yearly according to the bishop’s availability. Confirmation completes the sacrament of Baptism. Through Confirmation the candidate begins to accept responsibility for their life as a child of God.
To enable this, there are several weeks of lessons and preparation, which culminate in the ‘Day in the Spirit’ during which the candidates review their understanding of the sacrament, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and their chosen saint, practice for the ceremony and meet the bishop-celebrant.
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RECONCILIATION – Enrollment for this Sacrament will occur in September 2020
“AND BE YE KIND ONE TO ANOTHER, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, EVEN AS GOD FOR CHRIST’S SAKE HATH FORGIVEN YOU..”
Preparation for the first celebration of this sacrament occurs in during the Church’s Season of Lent when the Church looks at the need for forgiveness as part of our preparation for Easter. A child has to understand the need to say ‘sorry’ and mean it and begin to understand that his/her actions affect others.
If you know of someone who has a child of this age and wishes to be prepared for this sacrament, encourage the parents to contact the Parish.
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HOLY COMMUNION – Enrollment for this Sacrament will occur in September 2020 with First Holy Communion celebrated on the Feast of Christ the King 22/23 November 2020
“FOR THE BREAD OF GOD IS THE BREAD THAT COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND GIVES LIFE TO THE WORLD.”
The celebration of First Holy Communion occurs in a child’s life about the age of seven. Depending upon need, the students of Year 3 are prepared for this sacrament. They are encouraged to understand the importance of family meals and celebrations, the Last Supper of Jesus and his Apostles, and the Church as a family of families that gathers for the regular celebrations of the Eucharist at the Sunday Mass.
“FOR ALL OF YOU WHO WERE BAPTISED INTO CHRIST HAVE CLOTHED YOURSELVES WITH CHRIST.”
Since the beginning of the Church, adult Baptism is the common practice where the proclamation of the Gospel is still new. The catechumenate (preparation for Baptism) therefore occupies an important place. This initiation into Christian faith and life should dispose the catechumen to receive the gift of God in Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.
Baptism is the sacrament of faith. But faith needs the community of believers. It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe.
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ANOINTING OF THE SICK
“YOU SHALL TAKE THE ANOINTING OIL AND POUR IT ON HIS HEAD AND ANOINT HIM.”
The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during a major illness, especially near the time of death or just before an operation. If you would like to receive this sacrament please contact our office on 9353 6300.