Sacraments

Infant and Children Baptism


Baptisms are celebrated almost every Sunday of the year after the 10:00 AM Mass, and usually begin about 11:15 AM. The number of babies baptised each week varies considerably from just a couple on some Sundays to a baker's dozen on other Sundays. With between 250 and 300 baptisms per year over recent years, the average is obviously about five or six a week.

To have your baby baptised, simply come to Mass on a Saturday evening or on a Sunday and see Father afterwards for a baptism pack. An information evening is conducted on the second Wednesday each month for about half an hour. It is at this time that details are finalised.

Adult Baptism


On our website, go to “Adults" and then visit “Becoming Catholic".

Penance


Children who have been baptised and are at least in Year 3 at school can be enrolled by their parents into the Sacrament of Penance programme. The programme is also referred to as the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

A four-week parish-based and school-assisted programme is administered every year during the Season of Lent. Because of school holidays, the enrolment process actually takes place the previous year in Advent (in the weeks of December) when the children are in Year 2.

The programme applies to all children no matter whether they attend one of our Catholic schools or one of our many government schools. In 2010, 245 children enrolled.

First Holy Communion


After having celebrated the Sacrament of Penance, children can be enrolled by their parents in the First Holy Communion programme. The First Holy Communion programme is celebrated in our own parish over five Masses on the Feast of Christ the King towards the end of November every year. The enrolment process begins at Sunday Mass in early September.

Confirmation


In the Diocese of Wollongong, like the neighbouring Archdiocese of Sydney, the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated for pastoral reasons at a later age than First Holy Communion. The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred at a time when children have substantially more intellectual development, enabling them to better understand the great value of the sacrament.

In the Diocese of Wollongong, children need to have been baptised and need to have receive the Sacrament of Penance. Overwhelmingly, children will also have celebrated their First Holy Communion and, hopefully, have become regular in their attendance at Sunday Mass. Children need to be in at least Year 6 at school, generally at an age of 11 or 12.

Marriage


On the edge of the Sydney metropolitan, Camden is an historic and iconic town in the state of New South Wales. As a result of its rural and agricultural heritage, it is often thought of as the birthplace of the nation's wealth.

Over recent decades, however, many parts of Camden have become increasingly urbanised and, notwithstanding its historic character, is a very young parish. There are many marriages.

Couples aspiring to be married in the parish need to come to Mass on a Saturday evening or a Sunday and collect a marriage information pack. The enclosed information will summarise the conditions attached with being married in the Catholic Church and in our own parish.

If after having read this information, the bride and groom are agreeable and happy to continue, then they are most welcome to ring the presbytery for an interview with one of the priests to book in the wedding details. It ought to be noted, though, that secular and worldly pop music are not permitted in our sacred ceremonies.

Anointing of the Sick


A Mass of Anointing of the Sick is offered on the first Tuesday of every month at 9:00 AM in St Paul's chapel. The Sacrament of Anointing is also administered in the local hospital, palliative care and the various aged-care residences of the parish. Clergy are most willing to visit the housebound to administer the sacrament.

It ought to also be noted that the sacrament can be administered to people before surgery and who are expected to recover to full health.

The Sacrament of Anointing is administered for physical and spiritual healing. In palliative care where death is inevitable, the sacrament is administered to bring a spiritual healing so that the dying person will receive the forgiveness of sins, and be comforted in passing from this world to the next.

Holy Orders


Men interested in the priesthood ought to first contact one of the local clergy. The priesthood is a vocation of extraordinary treasure, and a most unique and precious way of sharing in the great priestly ministry of Jesus Christ.

In exercising his sanctifying office, the priest acts in persona Christi, that is to say, in the person of Christ.

To be a priest is a most heavenly vocation given through the Church of God from our great high priest, Jesus Christ.
 

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