SACRAMENTS

OVERVIEW

RECONCILIATION, EUCHARIST & CONFIRMATION

Preparing to become a full member of the Catholic Church is a very important step for children. Having received the sacrament of Baptism, in most cases in their first year of life, they are now mature enough to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. These are beautiful sacraments that nourish us throughout our entire lives as Christians.

According to our most recent Policy for the Diocese of Parramatta on Sacraments for Initiation and First Penance for Children who have been baptised, catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance and celebration of First Penance will take place at age 7 or 8.

Catechesis on the Mass and the Sacrament of the Eucharist and reception of First Holy Communion, will take place in the following year, at age 8 or 9.

Catechesis on the Sacrament of Confirmation and completion by reception of Confirmation will take place at age 10 or 11.

Following this policy, the Parish-Based Family-Centred, School Supported Sacramental Process at Mary, Queen of the Family builds on the experience and knowledge that children have gained thus far on their journey of faith. Enrolment for this process gives you and your family a chance to continue your child’s preparation through praying, reflecting on the stories of Jesus, participating in regular Sunday Eucharist and experiencing the liturgies of the Church.

Children from minimum Year 3 will be accepted for preparation for Reconciliation and Year 4 for First Holy Communion. School aged children not yet baptised can be prepared individually throughout the year.

SACRAMENTAL PROCESS

Our Sacramental Process is now open! Please read the information attached or at the link below to enrol or continue on the sacramental journey. Once you have downloaded and completed your forms, please return your forms in one of the ways below:

Email: sacraments@mqofblacktown.org.au
Post: 51- 59 Allawah St Blacktown 2148
Parish Office: St Patrick’s Church
Mailbox: St Michael’s Office
Ph: (02) 9622 1125
Fax: (02) 9671 6425

We look forward to being with you this year on your Sacramental Journey.

The Sacramental Team

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BAPTISM 

Just as your child is welcomed into your family at birth, the time comes when you choose to welcome them into God’s family. As parents, you nurture your child in their physical and emotional growth. In asking for the Sacrament of Baptism you are accepting responsibility for the growth and development of your child's faith and understanding of God's love.

Please read the Baptism FAQs below and then download the forms to begin the journey to Baptism.

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RECONCILIATION

Are you starting the Sacramental Process?

Please download the form below to enrol for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Please download and read carefully the dates for the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament in Reconciliation in 2018.

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EUCHARIST

Are you continuing the Sacramental Process after Sacrament of Reconciliation?

Please download the form below to make sure you are re-enrolled for the Sacrament of Eucharist.

Please download and read carefully the dates for the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament in Eucharist in 2018 (Groups 1–3).

Please download, fill in and send back to the office the form of your choices of Eucharist date.

We hope to hear from you soon!

CONFIRMATION

Are you continuing the Sacramental Process after First Eucharist?

Please download the form below to make sure you are re-enrolled for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Please download and read carefully the dates for the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament in Confirmation in 2018 (Groups 1–3).

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MARRIAGE

In the Sacrament of Marriage, a man and a woman give themselves to each other in a lifelong commitment of love and fidelity. Their union reflects the fruitful love that exists between Christ and his Church. Together, the husband and wife assist each other in attaining holiness and in raising children in the Catholic faith.

Due to these important responsibilities of marriage, those intending to be married should be actively living their faith, attending Mass regularly and receiving the sacraments. The couple who are getting married should contact the Parish to set up an initial interview and receive the Parish Guidelines for the Celebration of Marriage. It is important to note that a date for the wedding will not be set prior to this meeting.

Moreover, the meeting should be made at least six (6) months in advance of the wedding. This is in order to allow for enough time to ensure that all details and requirements are met.

The Catholic Church encourages members of the Church to marry in their own parish church, having their own pastor as the celebrant. The Church emphasises the great benefit to the couple to prepare for their marriage within their faith community with the assistance and prayers of their fellow parishioners. This is made possible when you celebrate your marriage in your own parish church.

It is required that the couple attends a Marriage Preparation course. The course provides the couple with information and education in order to help them have a healthy marriage, and it gives the opportunity for the couple to learn the importance of faith in their lives together. There are many such courses, these will be discussed with you during your interview with a priest.

To set up an initial interview with a Priest, please call the Parish Office on 9622 1125 or click the contact button below.

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ANOINTING OF THE SICK

Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament by which those who are seriously ill are especially strengthened, and through which we call on God to impart comfort, protection and healing. Anointing of the Sick is celebrated during Mass on the first Saturday of each month at St Patrick’s Church.

Our priests will also anoint any parishioner who is seriously ill at any place or time on request.

If you are going into hospital and would like to be anointed, please contact the Parish Office to arrange before going into hospital. With Blacktown Hospital doubling in size and our declining resources, it cannot be guaranteed a priest will be available 24 hours a day for the hospital.

As hospitals do not release patient information for privacy reasons, the patient or a member of their family need to contact the Parish Office to advise the priests that they have been admitted. The priests can then visit, and offer communion and anointing if it is desired.

Blacktown Hospital has a Catholic Chaplaincy available during the week.

To make an appointment for Anointing of the Sick please contact the Parish Office.

HOLY ORDERS

Each of us are called to follow a different pathway in our life here on Earth. The concept of ‘vocation’ applies to every person’s life, for if we listen well, we discover that God calls each of us to play a part in his mission here on the earth. Whether in single life commitments, relationship and marriage, the religious life, priesthood or diaconate, each such commitment of loving forms part of Christ’s dream of life and unity.

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RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)

BECOMING CATHOLIC

Just as your child is welcomed into your family at birth, the time comes when you choose to welcome them into God’s family. As parents, you nurture your child in their physical and emotional growth. In asking for the Sacrament of Baptism you are accepting responsibility for the growth and development of your child's faith and understanding of God's love.

Please read the Baptism FAQs below and then download the forms to begin the journey to Baptism.

RCIA TESTIMONIES

My experience in going through the RCIA process at was a very eye opening and spiritual process for me. It taught me the value of being part of something bigger than myself. It also gave me a different type of guidance which was lacking from my whole life. The facilitators, staff and my beautiful sponsor guided me through this amazing journey and I found that God is truly here for me no matter what I go through day in and day out.


During my life before going through the RCIA process I had always thought God was not there as I endured so much hurt and pain until I finally something clicked and I understood what others could see about having faith. I had always thought I was baptised as a Catholic but found out that I never was, this again opened my eyes to what I needed to do for myself. The blessed evening took place at St Patrick’s Church and it was such a surreal moment, the whole event was just amazing. I took it all in and was surrounded by loved ones and the whole church community.


In looking back I think I reached a pivotal time in my life when I saw the opportunity to do something for me. I was 41 when I went through this spiritual transformation. This shows you are never too old to go through the process if you just believe.

- GEOFFREY REED -

My recent journey through the RCIA program at Mary Queen of the Family Parish Blacktown was nothing short of wonderful.

Every week I would look forward to attending the RCIA meetings, these meetings would allow me to gain a better understanding of the Catholic Church and help me on my path to Catholicism through presentations and group discussions. The meetings allowed me to raise any concerns questions I had in a warm and friendly environment, and also allowed for new friendships and connections to form.


Attending Mass at the Easter Vigil was an experience I will never forget, whilst it will be remembered as the night I graduated and fully become one with the Church and Parish, it was also the start of my spiritual journey and new beginnings. I cannot thank the RCIA team and all its members enough for helping me on this path of Catholicism, any person wishing to undertake this course in the future will have nothing but positive experiences and lasting friendships.

- RENEE FORD -

I joined the RCIA group at Mary Queen of the Family so that I could become a recognised Catholic and deepen my relationship with God.

I could not have asked for a better team to work with whilst I made my faith journey. I was able to ask questions openly and discuss my thoughts and understanding of scriptures and the teachings of the Catholic Church without feeling judged. I felt a real sense of community throughout the process and the team leaders offered very valuable and experienced insights that I would not have experienced without completing this journey. I developed fantastic relationships with the group, and looked forward to our weekly meetings.

The whole process was well planned into different sections and I have learnt so much since the beginning of the course. It is a great way to strengthen and develop your faith, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to become a Catholic.

- REBECCA SPEED -