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Sacramental

The Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist

Baptism:

For younger children - ie up to the age of 4 years:

The Parish prepares our families for the celebration of the Baptism of their child through first meeting with the Parish Priest and then attending a preparation session which is conducted on the FIRST SUNDAY of the month at Holy Cross, Kippa Ring  after the 9 am Sunday Mass. 

Baptisms are conducted at Holy Cross, baptisms for young children after the 9 am Mass on the SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH and FIFTH SUNDAY of the month

Please telephone the Parish Office for an appointment with the priests

For older children - ie those 4 years or older:

For older children, there is a special program. Please contact the Parish Priest through the parish office for further details. 

The Sacramental Program: Confirmation and First Eucharist.

A parish based program for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist is held each year for those children who have begun their fourth year of formal education (Year 4 in the Queensland System). The young people for these Sacraments are prepared within the worshipping Catholic Community. The program begins with enquiry nights followed by an interview with the Parish Priests to ascertain the family's readiness to undertake the preparation for their child to complete their initiation into the Catholic Community. The program is designed for the family with their child to gain knowledge about the Catholic faith and to immerse themselves into the practice of the Catholic faith. The family and child will be encouraged to develop a close relationship with Jesus Christ and to connect with his message. The family will be introduced to the Sacrament of Penance through the rite of reconciliation which provides an experience of the love and the forgiveness that God has for us. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated by our Bishops. First Holy Communion is celebrated during Sunday Mass. The post sacramental program provides the young person with opportunities for assisting at the Altar as an Altar Server, participation in the Children's Liturgy of the Word at the 9 am Sunday Mass and being part of Kids Club which centers on fun activities and continues the formation in prayer and worship that was begun in the Sacramental Program.

The 2013 program will begin in late 2012. If you have a child for the Sacramental Program for 2013, please contact our Sacramental Coordinator - Cathy Hickey - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Welcoming of Adults to our Community through the programs of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Rite of the Christian welcoming of other Christians (RCIC)

Each year, the parish community welcomes at the Easter Vigil new members to our Catholic Church through baptism and confirmation and welcoming to receive the Eucharist for the first time. The program begins in the second half of the year with a few enquiry nights followed by an interview with the Parish Priest. The program continues weekly with those who are wishing to join the Catholic Church participating in a formal process of learning about the Catholic faith, living the faith and undergoing conversion to the person of Jesus Christ and his message and teachings.

If you wish to join the Catholic Church, please contact the Parish Priests through the Parish Office.

The Sacrament of Marriage

Marriages are celebrated in the Parish Churches of Holy Cross and Mary Queen of Peace. We welcome the young adults of our parish families to celebrate their marriages in the Parish Churches. Marriage is an important commitment which needs a lot of planning and preparation not only from the organisation side but also the spiritual aspect. The Catholic Church views marriage as a Sacrament and invites those who are contemplating this step to begin the Church preparations early.

At Holy Cross, we ask those who are contemplating marriage to ring the office and book an appointment with the Parish Priest even before a booking is made at a reception venue.

 PLEASE GIVE THE PARISH OFFICE AT LEAST A CLEAR SIX MONTHS NOTICE.

This will ensure that the priest's availability for your wedding is confirmed. During this initial interview, the priest will make arrangements for you to undertake a parish based marriage preparation program and discuss with you the marriage ceremony. These programs have been assisting our couples for over a decade and are conducted by trained and dedicated marriage preparation couples who have been assisting with this ministry for over a decade. We encourage you to begin this program at engagement. There are regular meetings with the priest who is celebrating you marriage at which attention will be given to the paperwork, the ceremony and discussions around celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage. 

The Parish Office receives many requests from young people who live outside the parish and wish to get married in Holy Cross Church. An appointment will be made with the parish priest for him to discuss this request with you.

Some couples have invited a priest who is a family friend to celebrate their marriage. The visiting priest is most welcome but again, the couple making these arrangements are asked to make an appointment with the parish priest first to ensure the smooth celebration of their marriage. 

We occasionally receive a request for the celebration of marriages in special places including Chapels. Again, an initial appointment with the parish priest is asked to ensure that you special day is celebrated with dignity and within the rites of the Church.

 

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