What is a Sacrament?
Sacraments are central for Catholics. They help us meet the incarnate Jesus, who comes to us through cleansing water and invigorating oil to welcome us, life-giving bread and wine that become Christ’s Body and Blood, a hand outstretched in forgiveness, vows lovingly exchanged in marriage, a hand designating someone for ordained service and oil to strengthen the sick and comfort the dying.
The Latin word sacramentum means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Celebrated worthily in faith, the sacraments confer the grace that they signify. They are efficacious because in them Christ himself is at work; it is he who baptises, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies”.
How many Sacraments are there?
- The Sacrament of Baptism
- The Sacrament of Confirmation
- The Sacrament of Holy Communion (known as First Holy Communion for first timers)
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
- The Sacrament of Marriage
- The Sacrament of Holy Orders
- The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (traditionally known as the Last Rites)
The seven sacraments are divided into three categories:
- There are Sacraments of Initiation, which introduce the recipient into the faith: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
- There are Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick.
- And there are Sacraments of Communion and Mission: Matrimony and Holy Orders.
Baptism is the way out of the kingdom of death into life, the gateway to the Church, and the beginning of a lasting communion with God. Through Baptism we become new creatures, we become members of the Body of Christ, sisters and brothers of our Redeemer, and children of God. We are freed from sin, snatched from death, and destined from then on for a life in the joy of the redeemed. Infant Baptism presupposes that Christian parents will raise the baptised child in the faith.
Infant and Youth Baptism
In Church law, for the purposes of reception of baptism, every child under the age of seven is considered an infant and is therefore eligible for baptism. If the child is between the age of seven (7) and sixteen (16), he or she must first take part in a special program before receiving the sacrament. We can’t wait to welcome your child into the life of Christ and our Church through Baptism.
Please call the Parish Office on (07) 3324 3900 or email email@example.com for more information or to enrol in this program.
For infant and youth baptism, please read the guidelines and Parish policy before calling the Parish.
Adult Baptism (age 17 and over)
If you’re an adult seeking Baptism or thinking about becoming Catholic/ Christian we offer a casual and conversational environment where you will get to know more about the basic message of Christ and the mission of his Church. This is an accessible, welcoming and safe way to take a look at the bigger picture about God, Jesus, the Bible, the Christian story and the Catholic Church.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross offers baptisms on the last weekend of each month.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is that sacrament by which, through the laying on of hands, the anointing with chrism, and through prayer, the baptised are strengthened by the Holy Spirit in order to profess and defend the faith and live up to it faithfully. Confirmation completes the graces of baptism, and is indeed one of the three Sacraments of Initiation along with Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.
The sacrament of Confirmation is received before First Holy Communion and is administered upon the readiness of the child. To receive Confirmation, your child/children must be enrolled in children’s liturgy and Sacramental Preparation Workshops. Our Sacramental Preparation program is designed as a faith journey for children and their parents to take together.
If you are a Catholic young adult or adult who has not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please call the Parish Office on (07) 3324 3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be happy to discuss with you the process and prepare you in a manner appropriate to your circumstances and age.
Confession reconciles us with Christ
The sacrament of Reconciliation is about the mercy of Jesus Christ. Honestly confessing our sins reconciles us to God and restores us to his grace and intimate friendship. Confession breaks the power of shame and hurt of sin, and restores and revitalizes our relationships within the community of faith in the life of our Church.
Confessions are held every Saturday from 4-4.30pm and Sunday from
Communal Penance Services
Every Advent and Lent a communal penance service is celebrated with opportunity for individual confession.
Confession at Home, Hospital, or Nursing Home
Father Mauro will be happy to visit you to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance if you are unable to come to the church due to illness or weakness.
Please call the Parish Office on (07) 3324 3900 or email email@example.com to make arrangements.
First Reconciliation preparation is received before First Holy Communion. To receive First Reconciliation, your child must be enrolled in children’s liturgy and Sacramental Preparation Workshops.
“A man shall leave his mother and father and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
The Bible describes God’s plan for marriage as a grace for a happy life and sign of Christ’s faithful and fruitful love for his Bride, the Church. We are excited for you to grow in this love and understanding.
You will need to notify the Parish office at least six months before the planned date for your marriage. As part of the preparation for your marriage, we ask all the couples to take the Alpha Course. For more information on the Alpha Course click here.
If you would like to be married in our church, please call the Parish Office on (07) 3324 3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, priests have the privilege of forgiving sins and celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time; it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry which includes teaching, sanctifying and serving.
To discuss or learn more about a vocation to the Catholic priesthood or religious life, check out the Archdiocese Link of Brisbane Vocations website.
“Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them” (James 5: 14-15)
Jesus showed compassion toward the sick and suffering. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick extends God’s grace of spiritual strength, peace, and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with facing a serious health challenge or advanced age.
In case of an emergency, the sacrament of Anointing is available for parishioners upon request any time of the week.
Please call the Parish Office on (07) 3324 3900 or email email@example.com
The Eucharist unites us with Him
“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in Him.” (John 6: 55-56)
“At the Last Supper, on the night He was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until He should come again, and so to entrust to His beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet “in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council, 47).
For the regular weekday and Sunday Mass schedule, please see the home page.
First Holy Communion for Children
The sacrament of First Holy Communion is the last of the Sacraments of Initiation and it is administered upon the readiness of the child. To receive First Holy Communion, your child/children must be enrolled in children’s liturgy and Sacramental Preparation Workshops. Our Sacramental Preparation program is designed as a faith journey for children and their parents to take together.
First Holy Communion for Adults
If you are a baptised Catholic adult who has not yet received Holy Communion, please call the parish office for more information about how you might begin the journey to prepare yourself receiving the Sacrament.
Holy Communion in the Home
Parishioners who are unable to participate at Mass due to illness may request home visits and reception of Holy Communion by calling the Parish Office on (07) 3324 3900 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Communion at Mater Hospital
Mater Hospital in Springfield Central has already a Catholic chaplain who visits the sick, prays, and brings Holy Communion. Fr Mauro celebrates Mass at the hospital’s chapel every Wednesday at 10am and he is then available for confession or/and administration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick when needed.
It is important that you or a member of your family contact the parish office if you are hospitalised as the hospital does not inform us.
Please call the Parish Office on (07) 3324 3900 or email email@example.com.
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