Jesus gave his followers the Sacraments as the most wonderful ways of experiencing his closeness, his love, and his mercy throughout our lives. Let us look forward to celebrating the Sacraments again. But at the same time let’s remember that the love, mercy and help of Jesus is still available to us – he is not limited to the Sacraments!


The celebration of Baptism is suspended during this time (except in danger of death). Nevertheless, let us remember that the Church has always spoken of “baptism by desire”, and let us be assured that God always rejoices when anyone freely chooses to become his children through baptism, or chooses this for their children, and God already calls them his own. Still we look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism with you and your children when the present restrictions are eased.

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, usually given to anyone experiencing physical illness who seeks the Sacrament, will still be available for anyone experiencing serious illness during these times.
Please contact Fr Duane directly to enquire.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation is suspended during this time. This can be difficult for people, as especially in cases of serious sin and deep sorrow, we do long to hear the words of forgiveness spoken by Christ through the priest, and the peace this brings – and this is the very beauty of the Sacrament. However the Church has always taught that if it is not practically possible to receive this Sacrament (as is the case at this time) one can confess these sins to God and pray an “act of perfect contrition” while looking forward to the next opportunity for the Sacrament, and be assured of God’s forgiveness through this act of contrition. ("Perfect contrition" simply means that we are sorry for our sins not only because of fear of God, but because of love for God.)

An act of perfect contrition can be made by saying these or similar words,
“My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. I should love you above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin”


The Sacrament of Marriage is limited to a maximum of 4 people at this time – the bride, groom, and two witnesses. While most weddings are being postponed, be assured that God will continue to deepen your love for one another and you will be all the more prepared for your big day!


Catholics are encouraged to part take in the practice of “spiritual communion” when they are unable to receive the Eucharist for a particular reason (for example being homebound). Very simply it is coming before God in prayer and expressing our own deep desire to be united to Him despite our inability to receive Him in the Eucharist. This spiritual communion can be made in various ways, including a prayer under "Live Streamed Mass" above.


The Sacrament of Confirmation has been suspended during this time. The Bishop looks forward to celebrating this Sacrament with our children as soon as practically possible, after the present restrictions are eased.

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