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.

Sacraments for Children

Our Sacramental program for 2018 is now underway. Please note we can no longer take registrations for Holy Communion in 2018 and First Reconciliation was held in March. If you child is seeking either of these two Sacraments, you will need to register for our 2019 program.

First Holy Communion:  Sunday 1st July 2018
Confirmation: Saturday 25th August 2018

First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion

Our 2018 program is already underway.  Please complete the attached registration form and we will contact you once our dates have been confirmed for 2019.

Confirmation

Please complete the attached Registration for Confirmation to register your child for Confirmation. 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.

Key Dates:

Confirmation Parent Information Session:
5pm Saturday 30th June 2018 – St Patrick’s Hall.
Please note that attendance at the parent briefing by at least one parent/carer is expected.

Confirmation Ceremony:
Saturday 25th August at 10.30am at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Lewisham (a combined ceremony for both St Patrick’s and St Thomas of Canterbury)

Preparation Sessions (held at St Patrick’s Summer Hill):
Preparation for the children takes place over five weekends and the children are expected to attend all five sessions please. We have an evening and a morning session available.

Week 1: 5pm Saturday 28th July or 9am Sunday 29th July
Week 2: 5pm Saturday 4th August or 9am Sunday 5th August
Week 3: 5pm Saturday 11th August or 9am Sunday 12th August
Week 4: 5pm Saturday 18th August or 9am Sunday 19th August
Week 5: 7pm Friday 24th August (Rehearsal at St Thomas of Canterbury, Lewisham)

Please note: all preparation sessions apart from Week 5 are held at St Patrick’s – 5 Drynan Street, Summer Hill.

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 had been completed and signed. Thank you for your understanding.