St Christopher's Parish



The Sacraments of the Catholic Church
The Liturgical Life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Mass (the Eucharistic sacrifice) and the Sacraments. The Sacraments impart grace and nourish and strengthen us. As the Latin word sacramentum means ‘a sign of the sacred’, a sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. GRACE is a free gift from God that helps us to live the Gospel.

The Seven Sacraments celebrated in the Catholic Church are:
  • SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION : Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation
  • SACRAMENTS OF HEALING : Reconciliation (Penance) and Anointing of the Sick 
  • SACRAMENTS OF SERVICE / COMMITMENT : Marriage (Holy Matrimony) and Holy Orders 

Baptism is the first step of Christian Initiation. We are drawn into a union with God and embraced into the Body of Christ, THE CHURCH.
      • If you would like your child to be baptised, please contact one of the priests at the presbytery (Tel: 9802 8538) to arrange for pre-baptism preparation which parents and god-parents are required to attend.
      • Adults seeking baptism or who are interested in learning about the Catholic Faith, attend the RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), held on Wednesday nights. Initiation into the life of the Church is a gradual process that culminates at the Easter Vigil Mass.
      • Christians from other Churches, seeking to be in full communion with the Catholic Church, don’t have to be baptised again, if they have been validly baptized. They are asked to attend the RCIA program and are received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. 
Through RCIA, adults are introduced into and learn about the Catholic faith. The RCIA team leaders journey with the Candidates and Catechumens. They attend weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings and help lead small group discussions. 
For more Information contact: Philip Sim 0400 969193

In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we have the opportunity to be healed of the effects of sins committed after Baptism by seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness. Children who have been baptised in the Catholic Church are invited to be prepared for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation when they are in Years 3 or 4 (see SUNDAY SCHOOL page of this website).

The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 1324)
The initiation into the Christian community that took place at baptism is further enhanced through participation in the Eucharist. We believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. It is spiritual food that nourishes our souls and helps us to live the Gospel.

Children who have celebrated the Sacrament of First Reconciliation are invited to be prepared for the Sacrament of First Eucharist in Year 4 or 5. First Eucharist will next be celebrated in June 2019 (see SUNDAY SCHOOL page of this website).

Confirmation is the Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and the Perfection of Baptism in that it continues, marks, celebrates, strengthens and confirms the Gifts of the Holy Spirit received at Baptism.

Children who have celebrated the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are invited to be prepared for Confirmation.
PREPARATION FOR THE SACRAMENTS takes place at Sunday School which runs every Sunday 9.30 and to 10.25 am throughout the year during school terms. Children are expected to attend Sunday School regularly as well as all the preparation events, namely the Family Evening and Reflection/ Preparation Days. If you would like your child to join Sunday School, please see the enrolment details on the SUNDAY SCHOOL page of this website. 

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage is a vocation, a calling from God. The Sacrament blesses, confirms and sustains, in an ongoing manner, the couple’s acceptance of the call to a lifelong commitment to each other in union with God.

Couples who intend to get married are asked to contact one of the priests at the presbytery (Tel: 9802 8538) and are encouraged to attend the Engaged Mentoring Programme, SMART LOVING (See brochure).
Download the Registration form here.