Sacraments

Celebrating Sacraments in Nowra Parish

Baptism

To organise your child's baptism, please contact the parish office - 4423 1712.

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA is for anyone over the age of seven (7) who has not been baptised and who wishes to become a Catholic.

Similarly, if you have been baptised in another Christian Church and you want to become a Catholic, you won’t be re-baptised, but there is a preparation period prior to you receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

If you or if you know anyone who wants to become a Catholic, please call the Parish Office to obtain the “inquiry” form.

People in the RCIA program will receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

Welcome to anyone wishing to become a Catholic. 

Please note: If you, your spouse and/or de facto have been previously divorced, you need to contact the Tribunal Office [4222 2409] prior to your enrolling in the RCIA Program. 

 

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation 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 age for this sacrament is a child Year Three and above for children attending non catholic schools. Children who were not baptised in St Michael's Parish will be required to provide a Baptism Certificate.   

For enrolments please contact the parish Catechist Coordinator - Madira Arnold 0473 360 183 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Eucharist - Holy Communion

Reception and preparation: The minimum age for this sacrament is a child in Year Four or above for children attending non Catholic schools. The sacrament of Reconciliation is usually received before receiving Eucharist. 

For enrolments please contact the parish Catechist Coordinator - Madira Arnold 0473 360 183 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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.  The Sacrament is celebrated in St Michael's, Nowra. Ideally the Sponsor chosen by the candidate, would be one of the Candidate's Godparents from Baptism. Parents present their children for Confirmation - they do not act as the Sponsor

For enrolments details please contact the parish Catechist Coordinator - Madira Arnold 0473 360 183 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Marriage

Please contact the Parish Office. Six months notice required.  

  • Pre Marriage Information form (Please complete this form and bring it with you to your first meeting.)

  • Marriage worksheet for Bride and Groom - A worksheet that helps couples think more deeply about the Christian nature of marriage. It is suggested that you bring a copy of this document to your first meeting.

  • Marriage Liturgy Readings -  For wedding liturgy or nuptial Mass you may choose to have:

    • The Gospel and one reading from either the Old Testament or New Testament plus a Psalm and Gospel Acclamation

                  • or

    • The Gospel and two readings from both the Old Testament and New Testament plus a Psalm and Gospel Acclamation.

  • 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.

Document Links

  1. Marriage Worksheet for the Groom
  2. Marriage Worksheet for the Bride
  3. Pre Marriage Information Form
  4. Marriage Liturgy Readings
  5. Celebrating Marriage in the Diocese of Wollongong

 

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated regularly in the various hospitals and nursing homes in the parish, as well as in private homes. Please contact the Parish Office 4423 1712 or Vincentia 4441 5571. 

 

Funeral Liturgy and Requiem Mass

In preparing a funeral liturgy or a Requiem Mass, the following documents may be helpful to you.

Speaking in Remembrance of the Dead

Order of Christian Funeral

Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass

Funeral Readings