St Marys Sydney

“We cannot live without the Lord’s Supper,” cried the Christians of Abitina in the time of Diocletian.  For them it was life or death. 

Holy Communion

The mystery of faith!” declares the priest at the heart of Mass. And the whole assembly acclaims in these or similar words, “We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection, until you come again.

Advent Wiki Commons

The present pattern of a four week Advent season followed by a Christmas season spanning the feasts of Jesus’ birth and baptism disguises a long and complex history.

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Every moment of human life is subject to the play of multiple rhythms of time, some daily, others weekly, monthly, yearly or seasonal.

Baptism 2

In the sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist - we are freed from the power of darkness. We are joined to Christ's death, burial and resurrection.

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The Celebration of Marriage Within Mass
[The ritual outline that follows is based on the Catholic Church’s revised Order of Celebrating Marriage © 2012, ICEL.]

Anointing of the Sick

Christians also know that Christ loved the sick and often during his life healed them. Sickness, while it is related to fallen human nature, cannot be considered as a punishment for personal sins (See John 9:3).

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This template provides an outline of a funeral booklet based on the Catholic Order of Christian Funerals approved for use in Australia (Sydney: E. J. Dwyer, 1989) and ...

Ordination Wiki Commons

The tradition of the Church has identified four main states of life or ways we live out our Baptismal call to holiness. These are Marriage, Priesthood, Single Life and Religious life.


This document is a companion to Marriage in the Catholic Church: Frequently Asked Questions published in 2006 by the Bishops Committee for the Family and for Life of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.