Baptism

Baptism celebrates the beginning of life as a Christian and is the Sacrament which welcomes a new member into the life of the Christian community. Baptism of children in our two communities is celebrated on Sundays, sometimes within the celebration of 10:00am Mass and sometimes after Mass at 12:00pm. To make arrangements for baptism in either of our two communities in the first place please contact Maree Balzulat at the Parish Office.

All families need to take part in our Baptism Preparation Programme prior to the baptism of their first child in either of our two communities. The Baptism Preparation Programme takes place on the third Sunday of each month at 11:15am. The meeting lasts for about 90 minutes. The programme is a joint initiative of our two communities and the team is made up of members from both communities. The venue for the meeting is the Parish Meeting Room (behind the Church) at Carlingford. The aim of the session is to provide some background on the celebration of baptism and to offer a reflection on the meaning of baptism in Christian life. Please contact Maree at the Parish Office to book into the Baptism Preparation Programme.

Baptisms usually take place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. If you would prefer a Baptism during the 10am Mass please contact Fr Peter Dowd via the parish office.

Please note that where Baptism is celebrated outside Mass, the first part of the Baptism ceremony, The Rite of Welcome, will take place prior to the actual Baptism during Mass. This is a simple rite where the child is presented to the wider Parish community at the beginning of Mass. You will be able to choose the date and Mass for the Rite of Welcome at the Baptism Preparation Meeting along with the date for the actual Baptism.

All the necessary paperwork will be forwarded to you for completion. Please bring the completed Baptism Booking Form and the New Parishioners Form to the Baptism Preparation Meeting.

While no formal charge is made for the celebration of Baptism, it has long been the custom for families to make a donation to the Parish on this occasion. You will therefore find enclosed with the paperwork an envelope for the purpose of that donation.

Once again we look forward to being a part of this celebration with you, and we pray that it will be the beginning of a life-long journey of faith, hope and love for your child within our Catholic faith community.

First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion

The preparation programmes for these three Sacraments are coordinated by our Sacramental Programme Coordinator. These programmes involve collaboration between our two communities the ParentsÂ’ Meeting at the beginning of each programme (essential for enrolment to be confirmed) is a joint meeting for parents from both Epping and Carlingford, and families are welcome to take part in the weekly preparation groups from either community during the course of each programme. However the actual celebration of the Sacraments takes place separately in each of our two Churches according to the home community of each family (the exception being First Reconciliation which is a combined celebration for both communities).

In our diocese of Broken Bay First Communion is the final Sacrament of initiation (celebrating as it does the welcome of the children to share at the Lord's table) and is therefore preceded by Confirmation.

The letter to parents detailing all the relevant dates in all the Sacramental Programmes for this year can be downloaded by clicking on this link:

Marriage

To begin the preparations for your wedding in the first place please contact the Parish Office.

Funeral Liturgies

The link below will take you to an outline of the Funeral Liturgy of the Church, including the various texts you would need if you are composing a booklet. Please click here

Adults who wish to become members of the Catholic Church

Adults who seek to be baptised are welcomed into a parish programme called The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This involves a series of weekly presentations on the various aspects of Catholic faith and life from August through to December. A break is then taken and in early February the programme continues focussing more on a spiritual preparation during the Season of Lent. The culmination of this preparation is the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and the first sharing in Holy Communion at the Mass of the Easter Vigil (the principal Easter celebration in the Catholic Church) on Holy Saturday evening.

For those who are already baptised in another Christian denomination but who now seek to become a member of the Catholic community there is a parallel programme of preparation (involving the same series of weekly talks) which culminates in reception in to the Catholic Church along with the celebration of Confirmation and first sharing in Holy Communion at the Mass of the Easter Vigil.

The preparation programme in the RCIA process is a collaborative ministry of our two communities with the team leading the process made up of members from both Carlingford and Epping.

To find out more about RCIA please contact the Parish Office.
'When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death . . .
when we were baptised
we went into the tomb with him
and joined him in death,
so that as Christ
was raised from the dead
by the Father's glory,
we too might live a new life'
(Romans 6: 3 - 4)
'What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control . . . Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.'
(Galatians 5: 22, 25)
'I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh
of the Son of Man
and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh
and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise them up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
Whoever eats my flesh
and drinks my blood
lives in me and I live in them.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me
will draw life from me.'
(John 6: 53 - 57)
Then he took some bread,
and when he had given thanks,
broke it and gave it to them saying,
'This is my body
which will be given for you,
do this as a memorial of me.
He did the same with the cup after supper, and said,
'This cup is the new covenant in my blood
which will be poured out for you.'
(Luke 22: 19 - 20)