The Sacraments

Sacrament of Confession
“Each one must confess his sin so that God’s forgiveness, already granted on the Cross,
may have an effect in his heart and in his life.”
— Pope Benedict XVI

Confessions are heard at Holy Name Church:

  • Monday – Sunday: Before all Masses until ~5 mins before Mass.
  • Saturday: Following 8:30am Sung Mass.
  • By request: Simply stand beside the Confessional after Mass, or approach one of the priests to request the Sacrament.

If you have not been to confession for a long time, and wish to do so, you may find the following pamphlet helpful (please click here). Alternatively, please contact one of the priests (details here) if you have any questions, or would like to arrange a time to have a chat.

“Sometimes men and women prefer the darkness to the light because they are attached to their sins. Nevertheless, it is only by opening oneself to the light and only by sincerely confessing one’s sins to God that one finds true peace and true joy. It is therefore important to receive the Sacrament of Penance regularly, especially during Lent, in order to receive the Lord’s forgiveness and to intensify our process of conversion.”
Pope Benedict XVI

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
“Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him.”
— James 5: 14-16

Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction) should be received by Catholics who have any serious illness. Please contact one of the priests (details here) to arrange this in a timely manner, especially before going into hospital / rehab.

In a matter of urgency or emergency, and you cannot reach our priests (details here), please call the Adelaide Cathedral Parish Emergency number on 0417 080 955.

“The Anointing of the Sick “is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.”
— Catechism of the Catholic Church, §1514.

Sacrament of Baptism
“Baptism is the door of the spiritual life and the gateway to the sacraments.”
— St Thomas Aquinas


  • Parents are remined that they are obliged to take care that infants are baptised in the first few weeks. Please contact one of the priests (details here) before the due date of your child to make arrangements.
  • Please note: An infant in danger of death is to be baptised without delay.


  • If you are an adult seeking to convert to Catholicism and you have not already been baptized, please contact one of the priests (details here).
  • You may also like to attend our weekly Faith Formation classes; please see here for more information.
  • For answers to the many questions you may have about the Catholic faith or returning home to the Catholic Church, you may also like to visit

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit … and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.’”
— Catechism of the Catholic Church, §1213.

First Holy Communion
"What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation."
— St Francis of Assisi

The Adelaide Latin Mass Community offers sacramental preparation for children who wish to receive their first Holy Communion and make their first Confession.

Classes begin in February each year, at 11:00am on Sundays, with first Holy Communions usually held in June (close to the Feast of Corpus Christi). Parents  may contact Fr McCaffrey (details here) in January to enrol. Children must be baptised, be at least 7 years old, and be members of our Community.

Our catechists are experienced teachers and incorporate a combination of teaching techniques, including story-telling and hands-on activities. Parents are asked to take a very active role in this sacramental preparation, spending time with their child going over the readings and key concepts together.

Following the celebration of the sacraments we have a monthly post Holy Communion class so that the children are encouraged to continue their growth in Faith. Although education in the Faith is primarily the task of parents, we are happy to offer this support to your family.

For more information, please click here.

“If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.”
— St Maximilian Kolbe

Sacrament of Confirmation
“The sacrament of confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It imprints a character, enriches by the gift of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church.”
— CIC, 879

 The Adelaide Latin Mass Community offers a sacramental program to prepare children for Confirmation. This program runs biennially beginning in February and concluding in October. Classes are held on Sundays at 11:00am.

Parents may contact Fr McCaffrey (details here) by January to enrol. Children must be baptised, have made their first Holy Communion and Confession, be at least 12 years old, and be members of Our Community.

Our program is led by an experienced catechist, and covers a comprehensive study of the sacrament of Confirmation as well as other important topics concerning the Catholic Faith, its history and current moral issues.

“By Confirmation we are armed and arrayed as soldiers of Christ, publicly to profess and defend His name, to fight against our internal enemy and against the spiritual powers of wickedness …”
— The Roman Catechism, 159.

Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
— Mark 10:9

Couples who wish to marry are required to undertake a sacramental preparation beforehand. Please contact one of the priests (details here) no less than six months prior to your proposed date of marriage to make all the necessary arrangements.

“How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice. They are as brother and sister, both servants of the same Master. Nothing divides them, either in flesh or in spirit. They are, in very truth, two in one flesh; and where there is but one flesh there is also but one spirit. They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God’s church and partake of God’s Banquet; side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other’s company; they never bring sorrow to each other’s hearts. Unembarrassed they visit the sick and assist the needy. They give alms without anxiety; they attend the Sacrifice without difficulty; they perform their daily exercises of piety without hindrance. They need not be furtive about making the Sign of the Cross, nor timorous in greeting the brethren, nor silent in asking a blessing of God. Psalms and hymns they sing to one another, striving to see which one of them will chant more beautifully the praises of their Lord. Hearing and seeing this, Christ rejoices. To such as these He gives His peace. Where there are two together, there also He is present; and where He is, there evil is not.”
— Tertullian

Sacrament of Holy Orders

Please visit our Vocations Page here.


Please contact one of the priests (details here), before finalising funeral arrangements with the funeral director.