Sacramental programs
Sacramental Program

"The sacramental life of the parish is at the very heart of the faith community"

Please choose a link or read below for more information about the Sacrament.

 

Baptism

Congratulations on the birth of your baby/babies and your decision to bring them up as a child of God in the Catholic Family. There is something beautiful about a beginning. Even before a baby is born, the whole family is at work preparing. You want to be sure that everything is ready for the new life that will come and you realise the responsibility you have of raising your child, especially that the infant will be initially totally dependent upon you.

The decision to have your baby baptised comes after thoughtful reflection. Why? - because Baptism does not end once the liturgy is over… Parents Baptise their child not because of custom, but because they desire to share their own belief; the child's faith will be based on what he/she has learned and experienced in their home and local community from the very first days of life.

Jesus said “let the little children come to me…” - Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation on the Catholic journey.

Do both parents have to be Catholic in order to have their child Baptised in the Catholic Church?

No - However, both parents need to be supportive of the decision to have the child Baptised and raised as Catholic. In order to ensure that the Baptised child has every opportunity to grow in the Catholic faith, it is expected that one parent is a Catholic.

St Augustine's Parish has developed a Baptismal Preparation Program as a means of assisting and informing parents and godparents of their roles and responsibilities in relation to the spiritual upbringing of their child/children, as they prepare for baptism.


It is a requirement that at least the parent(s) of the child/children who are to be baptised, along with the godparents (if possible), to attend this program prior to the baptism ceremony. Failure to do so could delay the Baptism.

 

St Augustine's Parish, offers additional Sacramental Programs for older children aged over 5 – please see below.

 

For more specific information please contact the Parish Office during office hours.


Coffs Harbour Parish offers the following Sacramental Programs for children.


Confirmation Program

Confirmation is the second (after Baptism) Sacrament of Initiation for young Catholics. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, candidates deepen and build up their supernatural relationship with Christ and His Church, begun in Baptism. They are further sealed with the Gifts of Holy Spirit and strengthened in their Catholic faith. Children are eligible to attend the Program if they have been Baptised (or received) into the Catholic Church and old enough to understand the Sacrament. Our preparation Program is Parish based and children from all local Primary and Secondary Schools (up to the age of about 14 years old) are very welcome to participate. 


For more specific information please contact the Parish Coordinator on pc@coffscatholic.com

 

First Penance (Reconciliation) and First Holy Communion Program

Holy Communion is the third (after Baptism and Confirmation) Sacrament of Initiation that completes Initiation for young Catholics. Our preparation program includes a component of preparation for First Penance/Reconciliation, also called the ‘second baptism’, in order to help prepare the children for a good reception of their First Holy Communion. Children are eligible to attend the Program if they have been Confirmed in the previous year (or earlier), before they attend this Program. The preparation Program is Parish based and children from all local Primary and Secondary Schools (up to the age of about 15 years old) are very welcome to participate.


For more specific information please contact the Parish Coordinator on pc@coffscatholic.com



Coffs Harbour Parish offers other Sacramental Programs


RCIC - (Right of Christian Initiation of Children)

For children over 5 and primary school age, who are interested in becoming Catholic, or initiating their Sacramental Journey, there is a program especially designed for them. For more information please contact the Parish Co-ordinator on pc@coffscatholic.com
 

RCIY - (Right of Christian Initiation of Youth)

For those of high school age who are interested in becoming Catholic, or in completing their Sacraments of Initiation, there is a program especially designed for teenagers. For more information please contact one of the Priests or the Youth Coordinator on parish@coffscatholic.com

 

RCIA - (Right of Christian Initiation of Adults)

For adults who are interested in becoming Catholic, or in completing their Sacraments of Initiation, there is a program especially designed. For more information please contact one of the Priests or the RCIA Coordinator on parish@coffscatholic.com




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