Sacraments

Baptisms at St Patrick’s

If you would like to apply to have your child or children Baptised at St Patricks, please complete our Request for Baptism Form – Updated May 2018 and return your completed form to the Parish Office at parish@stpatrick-summerhill.org.au

Baptisms at Summer Hill are held at 9.00am, immediately after 8.00am mass each Sunday.

All families baptising their children at Summer Hill are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Course. These courses are held on the first Saturday of each month from 10.30am to 11.30am in the Parish Office.

Please feel free to contact our Parish Secretary if you have any questions or require any further information. Please note we are not able to hold dates or confirm any arrangements until a Request for Baptism form has been completed and returned. Thank you for your understanding.

Marriage at St Patrick’s

Your marriage is one of life’s great joys and we congratulate you on wanting to make a commitment to each other in front of God and your families. If you would like to be married at St Patrick’s Summer Hill, Father Sam would like to meet with you in the first instance to discuss your intentions. Please contact the Parish Secretary on (02)9798 6016 to arrange an appointment. Please note we are not able to hold dates or confirm any arrangements until all required paperwork has been completed and signed. Thank you for your understanding.

Sacraments for Children

Registrations for our Sacramental program for 2018 have now closed.

First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion

To register for 2019, please complete the attached registration form and we will contact you early in the new year once our dates have been confirmed for 2019 .

Confirmation

To register for 2019, lease complete the attached Registration for Confirmation  and we will contact you early in the new year once our dates have been confirmed for 2019 .

Confirmation is one of three Sacraments of Initiation which includes Baptism and Eucharist. In the Archdiocese of Sydney Confirmation is received after first Eucharist when the child is in Year 6 or older. Like Baptism, Confirmation is only received once, whereas Eucharist is received over and over every week.

Confirmation Preparation Program
The Sacraments are a wonderful gift to us from God inviting us into deeper intimacy. So that children can gain the full benefit of the experience, the preparation is vitally important. Candidates will participate in a series of preparation sessions prior to the event (dates below). If your child has extracurricular activities on the days for the preparation classes, please be sure to give the various coaches/instructors notice well ahead of time that your child will be attending the Sacrament Preparation classes on those days.

Sponsors
The Sacrament of Confirmation requires the candidate to choose a person to be their sponsor. This person cannot be their parent, must be at least 16 years of age and a confirmed Catholic who is a witness to the faith. As Confirmation is linked to Baptism, ideally the sponsor would be one of your child’s godparents. If this is not possible, another sponsor may be chosen.

Confirmation Ceremony
The Confirmation Ceremony takes approximately 1.5 hours and is followed by a group photograph with the Bishop. Families are then free to leave to celebrate further. Children are not required to buy special outfits for the Sacrament, however they are required to dress appropriately. A general guide is how they would dress to attend a family wedding. Boys should be in long trousers (not jeans), dark shoes (not runners), collared shirt. A tie is appropriate but not essential. Girls should be in a knee or ankle length dress or skirt/top (not denim) with their shoulders covered, with hair neatly arranged. No runners.

Enrolment
A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required as well as the permission of both parents. Please enroll using the form above, or if you prefer, visit the parish office where your details will be entered for you.

Cost
There are substantial expenses incurred by the parish in running the Sacrament program including administration, teaching resources, print materials and refreshments. The cost per child is $50, payable at the time of enrolment. No child however will ever be denied the opportunity to receive the Sacraments due to financial limitations. Families in difficult financial circumstances should contact the parish office to discuss their situation confidentially. Payment may be made in cash/cheque at the parish office, or at the first session.