Sacraments

Covid-19  Update ~ Masses and Baptisms

4 June 2020

As restrictions are eased by the Premier of NSW new arrangements relating to our own parish will continue to emerge. View full details here.

For Adult Baptism, Penance, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation

We are currently awaiting further direction from the Bishop of Wollongong, Bishop Brian Mascord, before we are able to begin planning for the sacraments within our parishes of Camden and The Oaks.

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, it is an area with many young families that is full of youth and vitality. There are many weddings.

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 either the chapel or the church. 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 persons Christi, that is to say, in the person of Christ.