Sacraments

Baptisms

21 September 2022

As restrictions are eased by the Premier of NSW new arrangements relating to our own parish will continue to emerge. View full details here.

Baptism pack can be downloaded here.

To book in a baptism from July to December, please call the parish office on 4655 8797.

Bookings for baptisms in January, bookings will be open some time around the middle of October.  Please check back here for updated information closer to that time.

For Adult Baptism, Penance, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation

Weekend Mass attendance is an integral part of our sacramental programmes. If you cannot commit to this, please do not sign up.

The First Holy Communion programme for 2022 will begin by attending Mass on 3/4 September 2022, with the First Holy Communion Masses taking place over the weekend 19/20 November, Feast of Christ the King.

For the Penance programme in 2023, we will be taking registrations from 26/27 November Advent 2022.

For the Confirmation programme for 2023, we will be taking registrations around Easter 2023. Please check back here closer to that time for specific dates.

Adult Baptisms progamme began in June 2022. Please email the parish office camden@dow.org.au for any queries.

Marriage

On the edge of the Sydney metropolitan, Camden is an historic and iconic town in the state of New South Wales. As a result of its rural and agricultural heritage, it is often thought of as the birthplace of the nation’s wealth.

Over recent decades, however, many parts of Camden have become increasingly urbanised and, notwithstanding its historic character, it is an area with many young families that is full of youth and vitality. There are many weddings.

Couples aspiring to be married in the parish need to come to Mass on a Saturday evening or a Sunday and collect a marriage information pack. The enclosed information will summarise the conditions attached with being married in the Catholic Church and in our own parish.

If after having read this information, the bride and groom are agreeable and happy to continue, then they are most welcome to ring the presbytery for an interview with one of the priests to book in the wedding details. It ought to be noted, though, that secular and worldly pop music are not permitted in our sacred ceremonies.

Anointing of the Sick

A Mass of Anointing of the Sick is offered on the first Tuesday of every month at 9:00 AM in either the chapel or the church. The Sacrament of Anointing is also administered in the local hospital, palliative care and the various aged-care residences of the parish. Clergy are most willing to visit the housebound to administer the sacrament.

It ought to also be noted that the sacrament can be administered to people before surgery and who are expected to recover to full health.

The Sacrament of Anointing is administered for physical and spiritual healing. In palliative care where death is inevitable, the sacrament is administered to bring a spiritual healing so that the dying person will receive the forgiveness of sins, and be comforted in passing from this world to the next.

Holy Orders

Men interested in the priesthood ought to first contact one of the local clergy. The priesthood is a vocation of extraordinary treasure, and a most unique and precious way of sharing in the great priestly ministry of Jesus Christ. In exercising his sanctifying office, the priest acts in persons Christi, that is to say, in the person of Christ.