The first sacrament we receive in order to become part of God's family is Baptism. The baptism of babies and small children normally happens on Sundays. Please contact the parish if you wish to have your child baptised. Prior to the day a preparation session will be held at the parish for approximately one hour. You will need either one or two godparents for the child's baptism, with at least one godparent being 16 years of age or older, Roman Catholic, having made the Sacrament of Confirmation, and willing to share in the parent's mission of passing on the Catholic faith. Non-Catholic Christians may be a godparent to the child as a witness to the baptism, but are not bound with the same responsibility. Only baptised persons may be chosen as godparents or witnesses.
Generally children are baptised within the parish in which they actually live. If you and your child do not live in our parish the child's baptism may still be celebrated here, but first permission from the proper parish priest will need to be obtained.
For children seven years and older, a period of preparation will be required beforehand in order for the child to learn more about the faith. Whilst babies and small children are welcomed into God's family and are baptised on the faith of their parents and godparents, older children need to speak for themselves about their belief in Jesus Christ and their wish to be baptised.
For adults who wish to be baptised, a longer period of time is given for coming to understand our Catholic faith in more depth and for discernment on this decision. Adults generally receive the sacrament of Baptism with the other sacraments of initiation, Confirmation and Eucharist, in what we call the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
Parish Sacrament Programme
Catholic Children in Year 3 in Catholic schools will normally celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time that year and will be prepared mostly by the school. Any child in Year 3 or above who does not go to a Catholic school can celebrate this sacrament through the Parish Sacrament Programme. Classes normally run on Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm in the Parish Centre prior to the celebration of this sacrament. Please contact the parish early because this Sacrament is normally celebrated in Term One.
Catholic Children in Year 4 in Catholic schools will normally receive their First Holy Communion. Again, children in Year 4 who do not go to a Catholic school can receive this sacrament through the Parish Sacrament Programme. This sacrament is normally celebrated in Term Three.
Catholic Children in Year 6 in Catholic schools will normally receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Children in Year 6 who do not go to a Catholic school can also receive this sacrament through the Parish Sacrament Programme. The sacrament is normally celebrated in Term Two at the Solemnity of Pentecost.
All children and parents who wish to receive one of these Sacraments in a given year are expect to attend the Commitment Mass at the beginning of the year where they will commit themselves to the learning and spiritual preparation required.
The marriage between a baptised man and woman is one of the seven Sacraments of the Church. Apart from loving and helping each other grow in life, and the mission of raising children, their marriage also becomes a living visible sign in the world of the covenant of love between Christ the Bridegroom and the Church as Bride. No better analogy exists in all creation which reveals God's love for us. It is a beautiful vocation, but just as Jesus Christ died for us, we all know that true love will involve sacrifice.
If either you or your fiance are living in our parish and you wish to be married either here or somewhere else, please contact our parish as soon as possible. There will be both government and church paperwork involved, preparation for the wedding liturgy, and preparation for marriage itself, for marriage is for life, and now is the time to invest in your marriage. This will all take time and so it is best to make contact with the parish early.
Priority will be given to those who wish to marry where at least one fiance is living in this Scarborough parish. Celebrating weddings outside of a church are permitted only for serious reasons and after approval from the Archbishop of Perth or the Vicar General.
If you are already married but you are struggling in your relationship, you are welcome to come speak with the priest here. He can also refer you to others who may be able to help you in your particular situation.
Regular Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
After Baptism we are still prone to temptation and sin, and so we require the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis to be reconciled with Christ and his Church again. This is a sacrament of forgiveness, healing and peace, and we have Our Lord's assurance that his love, mercy and patience with us has no limits. This Sacrament is available half an hour before all weekend Masses or by appointment with the parish priest. During Lent and Advent we also celebrate the Second Rite of Reconciliation as a reminder that all of our sins have an impact on the entire community. This Sacrament is sometimes called Confession as we confess our sins in order to receive God's forgiveness. Many may not realise today, but all mortal sins (serious sins committed deliberately and with full knowledge) need to be forgiven through this Sacrament, and one should not receive Holy Communion after committing a mortal sin and having not confessed it in this Sacrament. All Catholics are to bound to celebrate this Sacrament once a year.
If you haven't been to the Sacrament of Reconciliation for a long time, don't worry, the priest will gently guide you through, but in this case it would be preferable to make an appointment rather than turning up just before a weekend Mass when this sacrament is normally scheduled. You may also prefer to celebrate this Sacrament with another priest in another parish.