SACRAMENTS

BAPTISMS

Baptisms can be arranged for any Sunday at St Canice’s Church in Katoomba.

For more information or to organise a baptism, please contact Parish Office by phoning 02 4782 2804

WEDDINGS

By appointment by contacting the Parish Office on 02 4782 2804. A minimum of six months’ notice is required.

SACRAMENTAL

The parish-based Sacramental Program runs each year for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation.

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

The Epiphany

(6 January 2015) The Epiphany 

Transferred to the Sunday between 2 January and 8 January

The Ascension

(17 May 2015) Ascension of the Lord 

Holy Body & Blood of Christ

(7 June 2015) Corpus Christi

Saints Peter & Paul

(29 June) Sts Peter & Paul 

Transferred to following Sunday (1 July)

The Assumption

(15 August) Feast of the Assumption

All Saints

(1 November) All Saints Day 

No obligation if date falls on Saturday/Monday

Christmas

(25 December) Christmas Day 

PRECEPTS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

1. You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor

We must "sanctify the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord" (Sunday), as well as the principal feast days, known as Catholic holy days of obligation. This requires attending Mass, "and by resting from those works and activities which could impede such a sanctification of these days."

2. You shall confess your sins at least once a year

We must prepare for the Eucharist by means of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). This sacrament "continues Baptism's work of conversion and forgiveness."

3. You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season

This "guarantees as a minimum the reception of the Lord's Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy."

4. You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church

"The fourth precept ensures the times of ascesis and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart." See below for more about fasting & abstinence.

5. You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church

"The fifth precept means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability."

(These quotations are from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in its section about the Precepts of the Catholic Church (#2041-3).)