All Saints Catholic Parish BlackButt Sacramental Program
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Baptism is the first sacrament to be celebrated. Baptism, along with the commitment that it requires, makes us members of the Catholic faith community – those who believe and follow the God that we name as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. .
The Baptismal Sacrament of Initiation is celebrated in our church communities. Parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Session. A baptism team will assist and support in your preparation for the baptism of your child. Please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements.
Sacraments of Initiation
The Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion comprise the Sacraments of Christian Initiation.
The Sacrament of Confirmation builds on what was begun in Baptism and what will be nourished in Holy Communion. Confirmation, by which in the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The Bishop, as leader of the diocesan Church community (or his delegate) administers confirmation.
Through the gifts of the Holy Spirit – wisdom and understanding, counsel and fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord – we are strengthened to live more truly and responsibly as disciples of Jesus and members of the Church committed to pursuing the mission of Jesus today.
First Eucharist is the final stage of the process of initiation. Baptised into the community and confirmed in the Spirit, the children are called to share in the Eucharistic meal with the entire Christian community.
The process summons children and parents to, once again, join others who have been travelling the same spiritual journey. It challenges them to listen with their hearts to Jesus’ call to his disciples, “Do this in memory of me.”
The process of reconciliation allows the faithful to receive pardon through God's mercy for the sins they have committed. At the same time, they are reconciled with the Church community. The confession, or disclosure, of sins frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others.
Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for taking the first step in considering a Catholic marriage ceremony as you commit to love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives in a permanent, exclusive and mutual love relationship.
Marriage in the Catholic faith is considered a holy sacrament.In marriage couples devote themselves to God through commitment to each other and then in turn to their family life.
A Catholic marriage ceremony may either be a ‘Nuptial Mass’ or a ‘Wedding Ceremony’, and must be witnessed by a Priest or a Deacon. The sacrament of Marriage is important for the wider community because it reminds us of the faithful, never-ending love that God has for humanity and highlights the giving-unto-death love that was so much a part of Jesus’ living and dying.
Anointing of the Sick / Last Rites & Funerals
When a Catholic is very sick, the Church anoints the person with oil in a special ritual of healing called Anointing of the Sick. Anointing of the Sick is administered both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength. It is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.
In the Catholic Church, the funeral rites offer hope; the Church proclaims that death is not the end and is an expression of a belief in the resurrection.When someone close to you dies, even if it is expected, you will begin to grieve. Grief can bring with it intense emotions like pain and sorrow. These are very normal emotions to experience and sometimes one of the hardest things to do is focus on planning a funeral when your grief is still raw.
In the Catholic Church, a funeral Mass allows you to celebrate the life of a person through death into eternal life. It can help strengthen and comfort those in mourning by allowing them to reflect on the life of the person who has died. It is also a time to share memories, celebrate the person’s life and provide comfort to others who are also grieving.
If you have the responsibility of planning a funeral for someone you love and you would like the funeral rite to take place in one of our Parish churches contact the Parish office or ask your funeral director to contact us.
Our Catholic community welcomes those who are searching. Are you feeling called into a relationship with God? Are you searching for a faith community to call your own? Perhaps you are married to a Catholic, have Catholic children, and would like to know more about their faith? Maybe the realities of life are awakening deeper questions within you?
Becoming a Catholic is a spiritual journey that is firstly about developing a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. This process takes place within a parish community, and unfolds in a way that is specific to you, your story and your needs.This journey, referred to as Christian Initiation, is highlighted by ceremonies or “rites” which help the seeker to experience the love and support of a caring faith community. The way these ceremonies or “rites” are celebrated are also specific to you, your story and your needs.