Sacraments & Ministries

SACRAMENTS

Baptisms
The baptism of an infant is the beginning of a child’s faith life and journey with the Christian community. It is therefore an important decision for parents to make on behalf of their child.  For a child to be baptised a Catholic is it essential that one parent is a Catholic and that both parents agree to nurture the faith life of the child as much as possible. It is also essential that Godparents are baptised Christians, one being a Catholic.

Baptism of infants is celebrated on an “as needed” basis at St. Mary’s. Parents are required to attend a preparation session before their child’s Baptism.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Many adults find themselves wanting to explore the possibility of baptism or becoming a member of the Catholic Church. This is the culmination of quite a lengthy and formative process.

Marriage
Our air-conditioned Church is suitable for weddings, especially on Saturdays when parking is available. Requirements for booking a wedding is that one partner must be a baptised Catholic and that you have a priest willing to perform the marriage. Marriage preparation will also be required.

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is the first sacrament children receive after baptism.  If you have a child who is currently in Year 3 or older and you feel ready as a family to prepare with your child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2017 at St Mary’s Church please indicate your interest by downloading the Enrolment Form below and returning to either the Sisters at Mass or the Parish Office by Friday, 17th February.

Enrolment Letter to Parents

2017 Confirmation Enrolment Form

2017 Confirmation Date – 14 May (Sunday) 5pm

 

First Holy Communion and Reconciliation  

Once children have received the sacrament of Confirmation the next two sacraments they receive are Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  If you wish to have your child receive these sacraments,  they are year 4 and above and they have received the sacrament of Confirmation please contact the Parish Office.

 

Funerals
While the possibilities for funerals are limited due to lack of off-street parking on weekdays, for small congregations, the Administrator may be able to accommodate your request.

Contact the Parish Office for more information.

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MINISTRIES

We encourage participation in the Liturgy by as many people as there are those wanting to help. Parishioners are invited to join the rosters for assisting at Mass:

  • Communion Ministers
  • Altar Servers
  • Readers of Scripture and Leaders in Prayer
  • Offering Collectors and Presenters of Sacrificial Gifts

Training is available where appropriate.

For others, there are many practical ways to assist in keeping the parish operating well, such as:

  • Cleaning and Polishing
  • Gardening
  • Serving of Morning Tea after Mass

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St Mary’s Music
The musicians at St Mary’s support the ministry of our parish and central deanery through liturgical music, concert music, vocal workshops, and other social events.  St Mary’s church is an outstanding small concert venue, particularly for chamber groups, and soloists, and has a fine musical tradition.  St Mary’s has been host to Brisbane Biennial concerts, visiting composers, and guest artists.

Liturgical Music
St Mary’s has two choirs which minister at Sunday 9am and 5pm masses.  Choirs rehearse 10.30-11.30am Saturday and warm up 30 minutes before each mass.  All are welcome to sing if they can attend rehearsal or warmup, and learn the music at home.  Instruments we have parts for  include organ, piano, guitar, percussion, violin, viola, bass, flute, trumpet, and horn.  If you would like to get involved talk to one of the musicians after Sunday mass, or contact southbrisbane@bne.catholic.net.au.