Sacramental Information & Preparation
"The Holy Spirit prepares the faithful for the sacraments by the Word of God and the faith which welcomes that word in well-disposed hearts. Thus the sacraments strengthen faith and express it. The fruit of sacramental life is both personal and ecclesial. For every one of the faithful on the one hand, this fruit is life for God in Christ Jesus; for the Church, on the other, it is an increase in charity and in her mission of witness." [Catholic Catechism, para 1133-1134]. Further general information about Sacraments is available at the website of the Archdiocese of Adelaide on www.adelaide.catholic.org.au/our-faith/sacraments .
The decision to seek baptism for your child is a joyful one for you and for the parish family to which you belong. We look forward to welcoming your new child as a member of our parish faith community.
Parents need to have a faith in Jesus Christ; to be doing their best to live out this faith; and a desire to share their faith with the child whom they are asking the church to baptise.
Baptism Place and Times
For the Lefevre Catholic Community, Baptisms are usually celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of the month or on Sundays of long weekends. The usual times are:
Our Lady of the Visitation Church after 9am Mass.
Sacred Heart Church, Semaphore, after 11:00am Mass
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance and Confession) is available at our parish:
1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays of each month at 11.30am
in Sacred Heart Church, Semaphore
2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month at 11.30am
in OLV Church, Taperoo
You can also make an individual appointment with the parish priest. Please check the weekly newsletter for any changes.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation for children:
Preparation for children is included in our Family Faith Formation Programme. Details of this programme are available here: SEE DETAILS
The Liturgy of the Blessed Eucharist (the Mass) is celebrated on Sundays and weekdays in the Lefevre Catholic Community. Please click here for Mass Times. If there are changes to the regular Mass schedule, please check the parish newsletter.
Preparation for First Holy Communion (First Eucharist) for children:
Preparation for children is included in our Family Faith Formation Programme. Details of this programme are available here.
Receiving the Blessed Eucharist at home
For those who are sick and unable to get to Mass, the parish priest and other ministers may be able to bring Holy Communion at home. Please contact the parish office, for this support.
Family Faith Formation
The Lefevre Catholic Community offers a parish based, family focused and school supported Sacramental programme.
The Family Faith Formation Team consists of:
Parish Priest Fr Roderick O'Brien, Sacrament Co-ordinator, APRIMs from Dominican and Our Lady of the Visitation Schools, and parish assistants.
These all work together to help prepare the children to celebrate the Sacraments of Christian Initiation.
The Family Faith Formation Programme is for parents who wish to continue the formation of their children in the Catholic faith, having already begun their child's faith journey through Baptism.
(The Sacrament of Baptism is available for children not previously baptised).
The Programme commences in Term 4 each year, with the children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and concludes when the children celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation & First Holy Communion the following year.
The programme consists of an introductory meeting with the Co-ordinator (or a member of the team), an Information Night, Masses of Welcome, a Family Gathering evening, three active family workshops on Saturday afternoons, a night for Confirmation sponsors, and celebration of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion. A financial contribution is requested of each family to assist with costs involved. For more information, please contact the parish office.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Our parish offers a programme, The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, for adults who wish to be Baptised into the Catholic faith.
The programme is offered each year, as needed, and is directed towards Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil Mass each year.
The Programme may also be helpful for adults who are already baptised in another Christian Church, but who now wish to become Catholics.
Anointing of the Sick
Our parish celebrates the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick during Mass twice a year. The first is in February, close to the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The second is in November or December, during Advent. Additional times may be scheduled as needed. Kindly check our parish newsletter for details.
Anointing of the Sick in Aged-Care facilities
For Philip Kennedy Centre, please contact the chaplain on 08 8242 0122.
For Marten Village (Allity), Wesley House (UnitingSA), or Semaphore Residential Care, please contact your parish priest.
For other residential or aged-care facilities, please contact your parish priest.
Anointing of the Sick at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Priests of the Western Deanery are rostered to provide end-of-life care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Please contact the lay chaplain on 08 8222 6696 (Mon, Wed, or Fri) or 0418 836 659, or ask the nursing staff to contact pastoral care for you.
Anointing of the Sick at home
Please contact your parish priest.
Anointing of the Sick at St Margaret’s Hospital
The hospital does not notify the parish that a Catholic person is in the hospital. The patient, or family, can call your parish priest to arrange for anointing or other pastoral care.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles. The three levels of the sacrament are the episcopate, the priesthood, and the diaconate. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
Wonder if you have a call for the Sacrament of Holy Orders?
If you think you may be called to the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or if you are simply interested in Holy Orders, please contact Fr Peter Zwaans (Director of Vocations) at 08 8725 6566, or email email@example.com
You have chosen one of our parish churches for your wedding: Sacred Heart Church at Semaphore or Our Lady of the Visitation Church at Taperoo. We hope that the information below will help you.
Our churches are only available for Catholic marriages. For a Catholic marriage, one or both of the bride and groom must be Catholic. Also, both bride and groom must be free to marry in the Catholic Church. (If you are in doubt about your freedom to marry according to Catholic practice, you are invited to check with the Marriage Tribunal of the Catholic Church www.adelaide.catholic.org.au/Iinks/tribunaI-of-the-cathoIic-church/the-tribunaI .)