We welcome families who are interested in being part of our Sacramental programme. As part of this programme, families will need to be registered as parishioners of Sacred Heart, Thornlie. To do so, please contact the Parish Office on 08 9459 4459.

RECONCILIATION/CONFESSIONS: The Sacrament of Reconciliation was instituted by Christ for the forgiveness of sins, returning us to the state of grace necessary for reception of the Eucharist, the Body of Christ. People are often afraid of it, do not understand it, neglect it, see it as of no consequence, have had negative experiences of it, do not know how to go about it or have hardly matured in the practice of it since their childhood “First Confession”. Often the same list of sins is hurriedly rattled off and people find themselves living no differently after their confession than they were before. Going to Confession helps us to ensure that we are not being lazy in our relationship with God. It is a time to be really honest with God. This is an invitation to us to think again and to return to the Sacrament more frequently with a renewed understanding of it. Held every Saturday from 5:00pm to 5:30pm or by appointment. Please contact the Parish Office to organize a date/time.

BAPTISMS: At Sacred Heart Parish, baptisms are celebrated every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 11:15am. Baptism ceremonies are approximately 30mins in duration and may be held on groups of 3 or 4 families. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.

Parent/Guardians – Parents/guardians are required to attend a Baptism Information meeting with the Parish Priest. The normal place for a baptism is your local Parish, however, if you wish to have a baptism at Sacred Heart, permission from your local Parish Priest is required.

Godparents – At least one godparent must be a practicing Catholic. You can have more than two godparents if you wish.

SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING – At Sacred Heart, Sacrament of Anointing happens on the 1st Friday of the month at 8:45am during mass.

WEDDINGS: Congratulations on your forth-coming marriage.Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. We at the Parish of Thornlie welcome you to celebrate this day in our beautiful church with a Nuptial Mass (with Communion) or a Wedding Service (without Communion).

BOOKING THE CHURCH – Your choosing to have a Church wedding indicates your commitment in celebrating before God, the Church Minister and your family and friends. Before you can book the Church you must talk with our Priest. Please contact the Parish Office at least 6 months in advance.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: Preparing children for the Sacraments – Our parish runs an extensive after school Religious Education Program for those children in years 1 to 6 that are not attending Catholic Schools. The program also prepares children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Classes run each Wednesday during the school term starting at 4:00pm. For enquiries please contact Jeanie Willock on 9459 4145.

RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – Preparing adults to enter the Catholic faith. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) has been established as the means by which a person can explore the faith of the Catholic Church. It offers a way to grow in the knowledge of Christ, and the Catholic faith, in company with others on a similar journey. The RCIA takes place within a parish community so you are able to share in the life of the Church expressed in a local parish. If you are interested or know someone who is interested, please contact Nolan Stephenson on 9398 5237 or Anne Kennedy on 9459 4985 for more information.

FUNERALS: A funeral is a ceremony for celebrating, respecting, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a person who has died. At Sacred Heart we aim to provide quality funeral service and facilities with respect, care and understanding for the families we serve. For more information please contact our Priests on 08 9459 4459 for assistance.

MEMORIAL GARDENS: Our church has on location four Memorial Garden blocks which provide a resting place for the interment of ashes. Due to the limited availability, plots are only available for current parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish Thornlie. For more information, please contact the Parish Office on 9459 4459.

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