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At each step of our lives, the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church provide the grace we need. On this page you will find information on how to request various sacraments and preliminary information on arranging a Catholic funeral.

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Baptism Enrolment Information

Thank you for enquiring about having your child baptised in the Parish of St Mary & St Joseph Orange or the Parish of of the Sacred Heart & St Lawrence O’Toole Molong. Below is an outline of the Baptism process in our parishes.

 

Step 1 – Book and attend a parent preparation meeting.

Register online below to book a parent preparation meeting. It is not necessary for your child to attend this meeting or for both parents to attend.

Step 2 – Fill in form and provide further details.

At the conclusion of the meeting you will be emailed a Baptism Enrolment online form. Please complete the form and submit it along with the following:

✔ A copy of your child’s birth certificate.
✔ A copy of one Catholic parent’s certificate of baptism.
✔ A copy of every Godparent’s certificate of baptism (one Godparent must be baptised Catholic).

 

Step 3 – Confirm a date

Once your paperwork is received, the Sacramental Coordinator will contact you and confirm a date for your child’s baptism. Baptisms are held at the following days & times.

St Joseph’s Church, Orange 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month 11:30am outside Mass
St Mary’s Church, Orange 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month 11:30am outside Mass
St Lawrence’s, Molong Sunday 10am during Mass
St Michael’s, Manildra Saturday 5pm during Mass (6pm during daylight savings)
St Patrick’s, Cargo Saturday 9:30am during Mass
St Columbanus’, Cudal Saturday 8am during Mass
St Brendan’s, Mullion Creek Sunday 8am during Mass

 

Step 4 – Meet with the priest

Prior to the baptism, parents are requested to meet face-to-face with the priest conducting the baptism. These meetings are held at the Parish Office at 84 Hill Street. Call the office on 02 6362 2378 to book this meeting.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Sacramental Coordinator, Liss Ryan, at sacraments.orange@cdob.org.au or 02 6362 2378.

First Holy Communion 2023

Enrolments for First Holy Communion in 2022 have now closed. Information on the process for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for 2023 will be available early in the new year.

Confirmation for children attending Catherine McAuley and St Mary’s Primary Schools

Enrolments for Confirmation for 2022 are now closed. Information for Confirmation in 2023 will be available in the new year.

Confirmation for children attending a non-Catholic school

Enrolments for Confirmation for 2022 are now closed. Information for Confirmation in 2023 will be available in the new year.

Confirmation for students attending a secondary school, including James Sheahan

Please contact our sacramental coordinator, Liss Ryan (sacraments.orange@cdob.org.au) to register your interest in celebrating this sacrament in 2023.

Congratulations!

Please contact the parish office on (02) 6362 2378 or office.orange@cdob.org.au for information on arranging a Nuptial Mass or Catholic Marriage Service.

Are you considering the priesthood or religious life? Contact the parish office on (02) 6362 2378 or office.orange@cdob.org.au to make an appointment with one of our priests to discuss this important vocation.

The Anointing of the Sick is a beautiful sacrament of healing that may be requested by Confirmed Catholics who are seriously ill (physically or mentally) or who have grown frail due to advanced years.

This sacrament is celebrated at our healing Masses, held twice a year during Lent and Advent. Priests are also able to visit those who need anointing at home, hospital, or in a nursing home, upon request.

To request a priest to visit, please call the parish office on (02) 6362 2378. If you urgently need a priest after office hours, call the office number and select Option 3 for the priest on duty.

About Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing that may be requested by Confirmed Catholics who are seriously ill (physically or mentally) or who have grown frail due to advanced years. It should not be requested by those who judge themselves to be strong and healthy. 

Traditionally referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength. It is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental illness.

The effects of Anointing are the strengthening of the soul, often of the body as well, and in the necessary conditions remission of sins. Anointing, however, is not an alternative for the Sacrament of Penance. 

In the past, this sacrament was often kept strictly for those close to death. In more recent years the Church has encouraged greater use of this sacrament for illnesses which are not necessarily life-threatening. As with all the sacraments, this anointing has significance for the whole Church. It reminds us of our call to wholeness and our call to be a sign of salvation to the world. Wherever there is brokenness, we are to be instruments of Christ’s healing touch.

We are sorry for your loss.

Funerals (Requiem Mass, Funeral Service or Graveside Service) are available for deceased baptised Catholics. The first step is to contact your preferred funeral director, who will then coordinate with our office to book the funeral.

Funeral preparation includes a meeting with the priest who will conduct the Mass or service. This meeting is an opportunity for us to learn about your loved one and get to know your family, to tailor the funeral rite (e.g. choose readings) and to answer any questions you may have.

Parish of St Mary & St Joseph, Orange

Parish of the Sacred Heart & St Lawrence O’Toole, Molong

84 Hill St, Orange NSW 2800
(02) 6362 2378
office.orange@cdob.org.au