Preparation: Please ring our parish office to make a booking for your child’s baptismal preparation. Parents are required to attend a preparation session prior to their child’s baptism.
Presentation Ceremony: Your child will be presented to the Parish Community in one of our Sunday Masses, preferably the 9.30am Mass prior to the celebration of Baptism.
Baptismal donation: Due to the invaluable nature of a Sacrament, there is no set fee for Baptism. However, it has been a custom for people to offer a donation on the occasion of the baptism of their infant. This donation is not retained by the priest but goes into a Pastoral Revenue Fund which is used to support priests throughout the Diocese.
People living in the parish who plan to have their wedding at Our Lady of Lourdes, are advised to contact the parish office at least six months before the intended date. Those who live outside our parish boundaries are welcome to have their wedding in our church on condition that they are able to provide a celebrant approved by the Diocese. A stipend is required. This is not retained by the Parish but forwarded to Pastoral Revenue Fund.
All couples are required to complete a pre-marriage course prior to the wedding.
CHILDREN’S SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS
First Holy Communion and Reconciliation
Our Parish-based sacramental program takes place every year for children in year 3 and over preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, commencing in February and finishing in September. An information evening takes place on the first Tuesday of December at 7.30pm for those wishing to enroll in the program for the following year.
Parents are required to come along with their child/children to all meetings. Ring Parish Office for details or check the link below for the current year’s schedule and a copy of the enrollment form.
Our Confirmation program provides formation for children and their parents in preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation each year. This process commences in March with an information evening and concludes in May with the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation. For information please contact the Parish Office or check the link below for the current year’s schedule.
ADULTS WANTING TO BECOME CATHOLIC
Our Parish regularly provides formation for adults wishing to become full members of the Catholic church through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). This process caters for:
- Adults who are baptised into either the Catholic tradition or another Christian Church who wish to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
- Adults who are not baptised who wish to become full members of the Catholic Church through the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. This process runs each year and generally concludes with the celebration of the sacraments at the Easter Vigil each year.
For more information, please contact Fr Henry or Judy Barden in the parish office.