Sacramental programs
Sacramental Program

"The sacramental life of the parish is at the very heart of the faith community"
Baptism
Confirmation
First Penance and First Holy Communion
Funerals
Marriage
RCIA (Right of Christian Initiation of Adults)
RCIY (Right of Christian Initiation of Youth)

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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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. The preparation program starts in Year 2 at the local Catholic St Augustine's and St Francis Xavier  Primary Schools. The parish also run a preparation program for children that do not attend our local Catholic Primary Schools. In 2019 Confirmation preparation will commence in Term 3 and the Confirmation Liturgies will take place during  7, 8 & 9 September.


For more specific information please contact the Parish Office - phone 6651 0000 or email parish@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, before they attend this Program. The preparation program starts in Year 3 at our parish primary schools (St Augustine's and St Francis Xavier). The parish also run a preparation program for children that do not attend our local Catholic primary schools.


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Interested in becoming a Catholic? RCIA - (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

We warmly welcome adults who are interested in becoming Catholic, or in completing their Sacraments of Initiation. For more information please contact the Parish office on 6651 0000.

Interested in becoming a Catholic? RCIY - (Rite 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 Daniel (our Youth Ministry Coordinator) at

dsaban@coffscatholic.com



 


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

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