Sacraments for Adults

What are Sacraments?

Sacraments are an encounter with Jesus Christ that have an external (visible) sign and an internal experience of sanctifying grace. The sacraments are instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions. Some sacraments may be repeated, some may only be received once. There are seven sacraments.

What are Sacramental Programs for Adults?

Those who are eligible for sacraments may be children or adults. To know if you are able to receive sacraments requires discussion with your local parish priest. This web page is for adults who are seeking to receive sacraments. If you would like to enrol your child the relevant web pages are on the respective Cessnock or Kurri Kurri Parish sub-sites. A sacramental program consists of making application (filling our forms) and undertaking such study or group participation as the program requires.

Sacraments for Adults

If you have been in conversation with our Parish and wish to proceed into a Sacramental program you have come to the right place! An adult person seeking to receive sacraments may not be baptised, or may have been baptised in a non-Catholic faith tradition. An adult person who has not been baptised is called a Catechumen.  An adult person who has been baptised in another Christian Church is called a Candidate.  Frequently Candidates for full communion in the Catholic church find certain elements of the catechumenate process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)) helpful in their preparation.  Also there may be adults who have been baptised in a Catholic Church but not received the later sacraments such as Confession (Reconciliation), Eucharist and Confirmation.

So from this page there are three options to select from! The three options are: 1) Not baptised 2) Baptised in a non-Catholic Faith tradition or 3) Baptised in the  Catholic Church. If any of this does not make sense or you don't understand the three options please contact the Parish Office! Also we realise technology doesn't always work, and again, if you are having technical difficulties please contact the Parish Office (02 4990 1551). We recommend that you use the Chrome Web Browser.