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Sacramental Program

Sacraments are signs established by Christ that cause what they signify.  They heal us from sin and plant, nourish or restore the life of grace in us

In our Parish, in accordance with the diocesan policy, the preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation is parish and family based so the entire family learns, shares and celebrates together and discovers a wonderful dynamic at work as family members grow in faith, love and communication. In addition, families meet in groups that forge real bonds with other families.

Sacramental preparation programs in the Diocese of Broken Bay are family based/parish supported programs.  They are structured in such a way that parents and children spend quality time with each other througout the program.

The four one-hour preparation sessions will be facilitated by members of our parish sacramental team.  They will assist with your child's preparation by providing the reading material, worksheets, and facilitators to assist you and your child to prepare worthily to receive the sacraments.

If there are any extenuating circumstances, regarding times and dates, please make an appointment to see one of the Priests, no later than one week prior to the first Enrolment and Parent Information Session.

Important Information
An enrolment fee is required to help cover the cost of materials and certificates. This fee is required to be paid at the time of enrolling your child for each sacrament.  If you have difficulty in paying this fee, please see one of the Priests.

It is important to note that preparation for the sacraments in this parish commences at the Parent Information & Enrolment Session for each sacrament.

At least one parent, or legal guardian is required to attend the Parent Information & Enrolment Session.  Children are not required to attend this session.  You and your child are required to attend four one-hour preparation sessions of the program.  Attendance at these sessions is compulsory for your child to be adequately prepared to receive the sacraments.

If this is your childs first sacrament at St John the Baptist, and they were not baptised here, you are required to bring a copy of their Baptismal Certificate to the Parent Information & Enrolment Session in order that they can receive the sacraments.

The Confirmation Sponsor must be at least 16 years old and a fully initiated practicing Catholic.  Only one sponsor per child.  Parents cannot be their own child's sponsor.

The order of reception of the Sacraments in the Diocese of Broken Bay is: Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist (First/Holy Communion)

Sacrament Celebrations and Effects

The Liturgical Celebration
The Minister immserses the candidate or pours water over his/her head and says: '[Name] I baptise you in the name of the Father; and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit'

The Effects
The forgiveness of sins, the new life of grace and membership of the Catholic Church

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The Liturgical Celebration
The Bishop (or Priest) anoints a persons forehead with chrism (oil) and says, "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit'

The Effects
The sealing with the Holy Spirit for the mature Christian life

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The Liturgical Celebration
The penitent confesses sins with sorrow and repentence.  The Priest gives absolution, 'I absolve you from your sins...'

The Effects
The forgiveness of sins and restoration of grace

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The Liturgical Celebration
The Priest consecrates bread and wine, saying 'This is my Body which will be given up for you..., this is the chalice of my Blood'.

The Effects
Calvary re-presented, the Real Presence; spiritual food

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The Liturgical Celebration
The spouses express their consent to one another following the prescribed canonical form, usually before a Priest

The Effects
The union of the spouses as Christ is united to the Catholic Church

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The Liturgical Celebration
The Priest anoints the sick persons forehead and hands with oil, praying the prescribed words

The Effects
The forgiveness of sins, spiritual strength and healing

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The Liturgical Celebration
The Bishop lays his hands on the head of the candidate and then says the prayer of consecration for ordination

The Effects
The ordination of a Minister to act in the person of Christ

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