Sacraments

Celebrating Sacraments in Nowra Parish

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Baptism

For more information on baptisms, and to apply online, click here.

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 Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession, or Penance, is celebrated regularly throughout the parish. To find the times of the nearest first rite celebration, please click here: Penance. Additionally, the communal celebration of the sacrament (second rite) is celebrated before Easter and Christmas.

Reception and preparation: The minimum age for this sacrament is a child in Year Two. Children who were not baptised in St Michael's Parish require a Baptism Certificate. The sacrament is received early in September each year. Attendance at preparation classes is compulsory. There are two parent information nights that at least one parent is required to attend in March and July. For dates see the events page.

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Eucharist - Holy Communion

Reception and preparation: The minimum age for this sacrament is a child in Year Three. The sacrament of Reconciliation is usually received before receiving Eucharist. The sacrament is received around the Feast of Christ the King in late November each year. Attendance at preparation classes is compulsory. There are two parent information nights in April and October that at least one parent is required to attend. There is also a prayer evening at St Michael's Church for parents in early November. The Sacrament is celebrated in each Mass centre (Church). For dates see the events page.

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 Confirmation

Reception and preparation: The minimum age for this sacrament is a child in Year Six. Children should have received both Reconciliation and Eucharist. Attendance at preparation classes is compulsory. There two parent & candidate information nights in early April and early May that at least one parent is required to attend with their candidate. There is also a prayer evening at St Michael's Church for parents, candidates & sponsors in early May. The Sacrament is celebrated in Nowra (St. Michael's Parish Hall) in May. Ideally the Sponsor chosen by the candidate would be one of the Sponsor's Godparents from Baptism. Parents present their children for Confirmation - they do not act as the SponsorFor dates see the events page.

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Marriage

Please contact the Parish Office. Six months notice required. Preparation courses will be recommended based on your particular life circumstances.

  • Marriage Information form (Please complete this form and bring it with you to your first meeting.)
  • Marriage worksheet for Bride & Groom - A worksheet that will help you to think a little more deeply about the Christian nature of marriage and your role and that of your spouse. It is suggested that a copy of this document is kept with the marriage papers so that there is a written record of your thoughts about marriage before the wedding.
  • Marriage booklet (Microsoft Word and Publisher format)
  • Celebrating Marriage in the Diocese of Wollongong - Background information - intended for clergy - which contains helpful information for couples as they prepare for marriage and might help to explain some of the things that will be discussed during your marriage preparations.

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Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated regularly in the various hospitals (Shoalhaven Public, Nowra Private [Community], and David Berry) and nursing homes in the parish, as well as in private homes. Please contact the Parish Office to let us know when someone is sick, so that one of the priests can organise to visit the person.

Remember that sacraments are for the living, not the dead
- if a person's health fails, please contact the Parish Office - day or night: Nowra 4423 1712; Vincentia 4441 5571.

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Funeral Liturgy and Requiem Mass

In preparing a funeral liturgy (either at one of our Churches, or a graveside or Crematorium Chapel service) or a Requiem Mass, the following documents may be helpful to you.

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