Our Lady of Graces Catholic Parish Carina

Christian Initiation for Children

Celebrations of the sacraments are not isolated events. 
They take place within a process of growth in faith, from birth to adolescence.


Baptism for Infants

Baptism for Adults & Older Children - please see RCIA


Sacramental Program – Confirmation, Communion & Penance

“As we are signed with the gift of the Spirit in Confirmation,
God brings us to the full stature of the Lord Jesus to continue his mission in the world.”

From “Christian Initiation for Children”  Sacramental Policy of the Archdiocese of Brisbane

Parents share the journey of faith with their children from Baptism to Confirmation and full initiation with the Eucharist.  As the first educators of their children, parents create the family within which children share values, learn how to pray, how to treat others, and how to live meaningful lives. Parents play an important role in helping their child understand the faith.
Discernment of a child’s readiness for the Sacraments by parents and pastor is more important than age or year level.  As a guide the Archdiocesan policy suggests that

  • in the year when children turn 8 they are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation,
  • in the year when children turn 9 they are welcomed to the Lord’s Table and receive Holy Communion for the first time.
  • in the year when children turn 10 they are prepared to celebrate more fully the Sacrament of Penance.

The Our Lady of Graces Sacramental Program involves parent meetings, workshops for parents and candidates (at which the whole family is welcomed), and whole of Parish celebrations.



Candidates celebrating First Holy Communion in 2017 are already enrolled, having been Confirmed in 2016.  Parents of candidates in this group are requested to attend the Parent Meeting at 7pm on the evening of Tuesday 20 June in the church.


For information on the Sacramental Program offered at Our Lady of Graces, please contact us by phone 3398 2977 or email sc.carina@bne.catholic.net.au

The Archdiocese of Brisbane resource has further information and illustrations of Sacraments - flameoffaith.org.au


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Our Lady of Graces Catholic Parish

100 Mayfield Road
Carina    QLD    4152

Postal Address:   P O Box 305, Carina Qld 4152


Parish Priest:  Fr Alex Vickers OP

Phone: 3398 2977
Fax: 3398 5896
Parish email: ologcc@bigpond.net.au

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