Children are welcome at all our Masses.
Each Sunday, activities and resources for children are provided in the rear of each church in a glassed-in area where parents can sit with their children and hear and participate in the Mass.
Our Sunday Masses are at:
- 9am Sunday - St Joseph’s, Port Melbourne
- 10.30am Sunday - Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park
Additionally, during school term, we have a Children’s Liturgy of the Word at each of these Masses for children of kindergarten and primary school age.
Led by a Children's minister, the children have a session of approximately 20 mintues on the Gospel story with activities suitable for their age. These sessions are in the adjacent chapel and a parent is welcome to accompany their child.
For older children who prefer to stay with their parents in the church during Mass, we have Children's Mass books and Children's Faith books available. Please ask about these when you arrive.
For information about Children’s First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation Sacramental Programs please click here.
Baptism is the beginning of a process of belonging to the Church. We know that children need time to grow and develop. The Catholic Church spaces the process of Christian Initiation over many years.
The Church is also conscious that your child will one day need to own for themselves’ what you do for them at Baptism.
Christian Initiation for children begins with the celebration of Baptism. Over the next eleven years your child will also celebrate First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation which completes initiation into the Catholic Church.
Like all sacraments of the Church, baptism is a celebration for all, not just those immediately known to the candidate. Baptism is not a private family affair. It is the very business of the worshipping community which receives the newly-baptised person into its midst.
It is in this community that your child will grow in and develop his or her relationship with God and celebrate the other sacraments which will complete his or her initiation into the Catholic Church (reconciliation, eucharist and confirmation).
Baptism is normally celebrated during Mass on the second Sunday of the month at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park and on the third Sunday of the month at St Joseph’s, Port Melbourne. These dates may be changed due to parish or liturgical celebrations.
Please contact the Parish Office to check the exact dates and availability before making family arrangements, booking reception venues, etc. Please note that we are not able to change dates to fit in with reception venue availability.
Baptisms are not celebrated during Lent, the Church's season of preparation for Easter. Normally there are increased opportunities to celebrate Baptism on Easter Sunday and the four Sundays after Easter.
Parents and Godparents need to attend a Baptism Preparation session before the Baptism of their child can take place. This session looks at what the sacrament of Baptism is, the roles of parents, Godparents and the Christian community and how the sacrament will be celebrated during Mass.
Please contact the Parish Office at least two months in advance for bookings and further information.
Brochures for parents and godparents are provided below:
Christian Marriage is the making of a life-long covenant of love between two baptised persons. It is the making of a true partnership of the whole of life recognised, celebrated and blessed by the Church in the sacrament of Christian Marriage.
Both Churches are popular venues for the celebration of Marriages. To avoid disappointment, you should check the availability of the Church before you book your reception venue.
Our Churches are only available for the celebration of marriage according to the Rites of the Catholic Church (that is, with a Catholic Priest as Celebrant). The Churches are not available for civil weddings or weddings celebrated by ministers of other religions or according to the rites of other religious traditions.
If you have been married previously, you will need to contact the Parish Office before you make any firm arrangements for your wedding. We will do everything we can to assist you.
All information regarding weddings can be found in our wedding brochures below:
If you require additional information to that provided in the brochure, please contact the Parish Office.
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The sacramental celebration of Reconciliation is one of the Church's two sacraments of healing. It is sometimes called 'confession' because it involves acknowledging our sins and acknowleding God's holiness and mercy towards us. It is called 'reconciliation' because it celebrates our reconciliation with God by proclaiming God's mercy and forgiveness, and our intention to live according to the Gospel of Christ.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday morning immediately following Mass in both our Churches. Please approach the priest who celebrates the Mass.
In the weeks before Easter and Christmas the whole community assembles in both our Churches to celebrate the Second Rite of Reconciliation together in preparation for the celebration of these great feasts.
Parish Sacramental Program
The Sacraments are a key part of church life and are celebrated within our Parish church community.
Each year the Parish of Port Melbourne and Middle Park offers a special program to help candidates and families prepare for the celebration of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (Confession), First Eucharist (Holy Communion) and Confirmation for all children in the Parish of eligible age regardless of which school they attend.
Candidates are eligible to prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of:
First Reconciliation, in Grade 3 and above
First Eucharist in Grade 4 and above
Confirmation in Grade 5 or 6 and above.
Candidates are usually prepared for the Sacrament of:
First Reconciliation in School Term 1
First Eucharist in School Term 2
Confirmation in School Term 3 (or 4)
Our Sacramental Preparation Program places a strong emphasis on family involvement, as we recognise that parents / guardians are the main educators in faith of their children.
How does Parish-based Sacramental preparation fit with the School-based Religious Education program?
Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School is administered by both the Parish of Port Melbourne/Middle Park and the Parish of South Melbourne and Sacramental Preparation Programs are offered by each of these Parishes.
The sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation are covered in the school's Religious Education program, but the immediate preparation for each sacrament and its celebration is provided through the parish in which the candidate lives.
Galilee School families who live in Port Melbourne, Garden City, Yarras Edge, Middle Park & Albert Park receive their Sacraments through the Carmelite Parish of St Joseph's, Port Melbourne/Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Middle Park.
Families living in South Melbourne, Southbank & the eastern edge of Albert Park receive their Sacraments through Ss. Peter & Paul's parish, South Melbourne.
Both Port Melbourne/Middle Park Parish and South Melbourne Parish offer the same Sacramental preparation program at the same time each year.
Sacramental Program 2017
Preparation for each Sacrament is undertaken over four weeks with a rehearsal in the fifth week, a few days before the Sacrament is received.
This preparation is designed not only to prepare the candidates receiving the Sacrament, but also to involve and inform the parents and other family members, so that the experience can be shared as part of the family’s faith journey.
For each of the four weeks, there is one Preparation Session and one Mass Ritual to attend. We ask that one of the parents (or both) accompany their child to the four weekday Preparation Sessions, so that the preparation of the candidates can continue at home between sessions.
The second part of the weekly Preparation is a Ritual for candidates during the 6.00pm Saturday Mass in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. The special ritual for candidates marks their journey of preparation for the Sacrament and focuses on different aspects of the Sacrament for which they are preparing. Normally, the whole family would attend this mass with the candidate.
Enrolment for First Eucharist
Sacraments for Adults
We welcome everyone to our Parish and we welcome enquirers.
You may have lost touch with the Catholic faith of your childhood or family, you may have been baptised in another denomination but be interested in the Catholic faith, you may not understand some of the changes in sacramental and faith practice, or you may be wondering how do I go to confession?
You are most welcome to contact the Parish Office to discuss any aspect of adult faith or the sacraments.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a structured program for adults wishing to join the Catholic Church, or complete their initiation into it, by celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist (Holy Communion).
RCIA is specifically designed for adults and we offer a supportive environment in which to continue to explore the mysteries of faith and life in the Church.
You can also click here to obtain further information about RCIA.
In the meantime, you may wish to join us at any of our Liturgies. Please feel free to come along.
The Sacrament of Anointing is the Church’s prayer for healing
and comfort for those who are ill. It can be celebrated by arrangement
with the Parish Priest through the Parish Office.
Four times each year a Mass of Anointing is celebrated in our churches.
Those who are frail or ill have the opportunity to attend this mass
together and receive the Sacrament of Anointing. The parish provides
transport to the mass. Please contact the Parish Office for further details
The death of a loved one is an especially sensitive time for families and friends.
The Parish works with the family and the Funeral Director in planning the details of the funeral.
It is important to allow sufficient time before the Funeral for making all the necessary decisions.
The Rite of Christian Funerals allows great involvement for the family in choosing appropriate readings from Sacred Scripture and the various prayers and hymns used for the celebration of a funeral as well as various types of involvement by family and friends in the celebration itself.
Your funeral director will normally make contact with the Parish on your behalf to determine the date and time of the funeral.
The Parish will work with you in planning the details of the Funeral itself.
We can also provide separate venues - which are conveniently located next to each church - if you choose to use some time afterwards for your family and friends.
Both Churches have a memorial garden in which the ashes of a loved one can be placed.
The gardens provide a tranquil place of prayer, reflection and peace within the grounds of the Churches.
Brass plaques in the Memorial Gardens commemorate those interred.
Please contact the Parish Office for further details.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
View this page if you are interested in obtaining any information from the Parish Sacramental Records.