Sacramental Celebrations

INFANT BAPTISM

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.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM  2021

RECONCILIATION AND HOLY COMMUNION (Enrollment into the Sacramental Program for 2021 has now closed.)

2021 amended First Holy Communion dates

Dear Parents,

I am writing today firstly to apologise for the delay in sending information since Father’s announcements regarding the Sacramental Process during Mass over the last two weekends. Please be assured I have been working on changes to facilitate running Zoom sessions for the Eucharist (Holy Communion) process, however technical issues have meant I haven’t been able to access my email or other files from home and in line with Covid-19 restrictions am not in the Parish Office. My hope is to have the Zoom meetings running from next week over the next four weeks. (See revised timetable attached) This will consist of two 40 minute Zoom sessions with a 5 minute break in between to allow you to leave the first and join the second. Both links will be sent to you before each meeting. The extra time in the second Zoom session will allow for questions and reminders if needed.

This will mean, more than ever that you will need to guide and support your children through the process, you will of course be supported in this worthy endeavour. My first suggestion is that you go through your child’s first missal (little yellow book given to you at the Enrollment Mass at the beginning of the year) with them. Discuss how the Mass relates directly to the Last Supper and to other special meals they have celebrated eg birthday parties. Answer their questions as best you can. Remember if they see it is important to you, it is more likely to be important to them. Email me at any time with your/your children’s questions and I will answer them during the Zoom so we can all help each other out.

Remember the big focus during the Penance/Reconciliation Process was God’s love for us and His desire for us to always be in good relationship with Him, think about how this might relate to the celebration of Eucharist when talking with your child.

Continuing this way will mean we will still finish in the first week of September and be ready to have our practices and First Holy Communion Masses when Government and Diocesan guidelines allow. Sadly, I suspect these will no longer be on the 12th and 19th of September as hoped, however, we will simply have to wait and see. If it is allowed, we will be ready.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

God bless and stay safe,

Artelle Lenthall

Sacramental Coordinator- Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Seven Hills

96222920

artellel@olol7hills.com.au

CONFIRMATION PROGRAM 2021

Due to the Covid stay-at-home restrictions, the Parent information night will be postponed until further notice.

Confirmation Mass with Bishop Vincent was due to be held on SUNDAY 17th OCTOBER 2021

MARRIAGE

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.

ADULTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING 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, Artelle Lenthall in the parish office.  Phone 9622 2920 or email secretary@olol7hills.com.au