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.

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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 (between 8 up to the age of about 14 years old) are very welcome to participate. (Please note: must turn 8 no later than 1st July 2019).


2019 CONFIRMATION PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES

 

Parents Information and Enrolment Night – Tuesday 2/07/2019 at 6:30pm

 

Commencement of the Program Lessons – Various locations and times 
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From Monday 22/07/2019

 

Lesson 1

Monday 22/07/2019 – Friday 26/07/2019

 

Commitment Rite - Weekend Sat 27/07/2019 and Sun 28/07/2019

 

Lesson 2

Monday 29/07/2019 – Friday 2/08/2019

 

Lesson 3

Monday 5/08/2019 – Friday 9/08/2019

 

Lesson 4

Monday 12/08/2019 – Friday 16/08/2019

 

Lesson 5

Monday 19/08/2019 – Friday 23/08/2019

 

Lesson 6

Monday 26/08/2019 – Friday 30/08/2019

 

Lesson 7

REHEARSAL - Wednesday 4/09/2019 – at 6:00pm for ALL CANDIDATES at St Augustine's Church

 

 

MEETING WITH THE BISHOP - Sunday 8 September 2019 at 2:30pm


CONFIRMATION LITURGY - Sunday 8 September 2019 at 3:30pm

Please make sure that the dates suit you and your family as it is expected that all program requirements and commitments are honoured by the participants.
 
For more specific information please contact the Parish Coordinator - Kate on pc@coffscatholic.com

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First Penance 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.


ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL FRIDAY 29/03/2019


2019 FIRST PENANCE AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAM IMPORTANT DATES

 

Parents Information and Enrolment Night – Wednesday 3/04/2019 at 6:30pm

 

Commencement of the Program Lessons – Various locations and times 
– 
From Monday 29/04/2019

 

Lesson 1

Monday 29/04/2019 – Friday 3/05/2019

 

Commitment Rite - Weekend Sat 4/05/2019 and Sun 5/05/2019

 

Lesson 2

Monday 6/05/2019 – Friday 10/05/2019

 

Lesson 3

Monday 13/05/2019 – Friday 17/05/2019

 

Lesson 4

Monday 20/05/2019 – Friday 24/05/2019

 

Lesson 5

Monday 27/05/2019 – Friday 31/05/2019

 

Lesson 6

Monday 3/06/2019 – Friday 7/06/2019

 

Lesson 7

Monday 10/06/2019 – Friday 14/06/2019

 

Lesson 8

Monday 17/06/2019 – Friday 21/06/2019

 

Lesson 9

Monday 24/06/2019 – Friday 28/06/2019

 

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Specially dedicated Mass - Sunday 30 June 2019 at 3:00pm

St Augustine's Church, Coffs Harbour - Additional and specially dedicated Mass for First Communion Candidates, their Families, Guests and anyone else who would wish to participate in this special occasion

Please make sure that the dates suit you and your family as it is expected that all program requirements and commitments are honoured by the participants.

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Additional Sacramental Programs:

RCIA - (Right of Christian Initiation of Adults)


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 the Youth Co-ordinator on parish@coffscatholic.com



RCIY - (Right of Christian Initiation of Youth)


For adults who are interested in becoming Catholic, or in completing their Sacraments of Initiation, there is a program especially designed for you.


For more information please contact the RCIA Co-ordinator on parish@coffscatholic.com

 


Β© Jan 2019 St Augustine's Parish, Coffs Harbour 2450 NSW Australia. Phone: (02) 6651 0000

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