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Sacramental Policy

Baptisms

Baptisms are celebrated outside of Mass at 11.45am every Sunday of the month except the 3rd Sunday of the month as arranged with the Parish Priest or Sacramental Coordinator. Baptism may take place during Mass on request (except during Lent.) The Mini Micks team will follow up families within the parish who have children baptised (on their children's birthdays) and occasionally organise social gatherings for families of pre-schoolers.

pdf (227 KB) BAPTISM POLICY

  pdf BAPTISM BOOKING FORM (328 KB)

PAYMENT FORM

Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation

The process of bringing children to the Sacraments at St Michael’s is based on the principles from the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children /or Catholic Education Office approved Sacramental Books.

The key principles we strive to uphold throughout the process are:

  • The role and responsibility of the Parish community.
  • That there be discernment about a child’s readiness for the celebration of each Sacrament.
  • That the celebration of the Sacraments be in harmony with the Liturgical year.
  • That, given the on-going nature of initiation, there be a follow up catechesis.
  • That the celebrations of the Sacraments are high points in the process, not the end points.

Families must be members of St Michael’s Parish community. We are conscious that parents are the first educators in faith of their children. Thus the way we bring children to the Sacraments insists on the active participation of families especially parents/caregiver. This involves regular family attendance at Sunday Mass and other liturgical and parish celebrations throughout the year as they arise. Parents are required to participate in Parent sessions and home Masses. Children from Government and Catholic Private Schools are required to participate in all After School/Sunday classes and the Reflection Retreat day which is held in the week prior to the Sacrament. Honouring these principles our policy is that preparation for the Sacraments involve the Parish community, the family and the school or Sunday/after school classes. Our sacraments are Parish-based, Family centred and School/After School class supported. For families with children at Government or non Catholic Private Schools it is vital that there be some formal Catholic Religious Education (ie. Connexions Program or through Children’s Liturgy ) before bringing a child to any of the Sacraments. Enrolments will take place in December/January  prior to the reception of the Sacraments.

Reconciliation & First Communion

Reconciliation is celebrated every year for children in Year 3 and First Communion is celebrated every year for children in Year 4.

For children at St Michael's School preparation for Reconciliation and First Communion begins at the start of each school year

For children attending other schools preparation for the sacraments begins with regular attendance at at weekend Mass. These Masses provide an opportunity for children to worship with their family {as well as receiving special instruction about the Scriptures during the Children's Liturgy at 9:00 am Sunday Mass}. Classes for each of these sacraments occur on approximately 10 Thursday afternoons during the year from 4:00pm to 5:00pm on dates to be advised.Regular attendance at religious instruction classes is essential. Please complete sacramental enrolment form and return to St Michael's Parish Centre no later than two weeks prior to the commencement of Reconciliation or First Eucharist classes. Late enrolments will not be accepted after the program has begun. Please refer to the Program Dates as below.

  pdf Please complete the 2019 Enrolment Form (262 KB)

Confirmation

Confirmation is celebrated every year for Year 6 students. Teachers and catechists will support families in fulfilling their obligation to form their children in their faith

For children at St Michael's School preparation for Confirmation begins at the start of each school year

For children attending other schools preparation for the sacraments begins with regular attendance at weekend Mass. These Masses provide an opportunity for children to worship with their family {as well as receiving special instruction about the Scriptures during the Children's Liturgy at 9:00 am Sunday Mass}. Confirmation preparation sessions occur on Thursday evenings during the year from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm on dates to be advised.  Regular attendance by the candidate and at least one parent  at these preparation sessions is essential. In addition attendance at Parish Family Faith Night, Home Mass and Confirmation Reflection Day is also required. Please complete sacramental enrolment form and return to St Michael's Parish Centre no later than two weeks prior to the commencement of Confirmation classes. Late enrolments will not be accepted after the program has begun. Please refer to the Program Dates as below.

  pdf Please complete the 2019 Enrolment Form (262 KB)

pdf Sacramental Program Date 2019 (231 KB)

Catechumenate

Adults desiring to become Catholics, to deepen their spirituality or merely wanting to enquire about the Catholic faith can see the parish priest or ring the coordinator. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process begins in October and concludes after Easter.

Weddings

The parish has pastoral responsibility for its own parishioners. We ask parishioners to offer a donation of $500 for the use of the church. A separate donation is paid to  the celebrant on the day. People not from the parish may use the church provided they supply their own priest and make a $500 offering for the church. Again, a separate donation is paid to  the celebrant on the day. In Australia, marriages are celebrated in the parish church of the bride and at least three months notice is required. Please read the document below regarding celebration of weddings at St Michael's. Please complete the booking form and return it to St Michael's Parish Centre or emailing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

pdf WEDDINGS (237 KB)

pdf Wedding Booking Form (60 KB)

Anointing of the sick

Every first Friday at the 11.00am Mass or by arrangement with the parish priest. Most hospitals and homes have their own chaplains and pastoral care teams who attend to the sick while in their care.

Communion to the sick

Ministers of the Eucharist will visit sick or elderly parishioners with Eucharist on Sunday mornings after the 9 am Mass. (Please contact the Parish Office - 03 9885 2498)

Funerals

Funerals are usually held at 10.00 am Tuesday to Friday. The Emmaus Team (bereavement group) will help families with arrangements, preparing the funeral liturgy or vigil service and any other follow up. If the bereaved family wants a rosary they may invite a friend to lead it if they do not feel up to it themselves. Leaflets and books on grief and loss are available.