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 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.

2022 Children's Sacramental Program Forms

St Joseph's Church
cnr Rouse and Stoke Streets
Port Melbourne
Mon, Wed, Fri 9am
Sunday 9am
Children welcome at all Masses

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church
Cnr Richardson & Wright Streets
Middle Park
Tue, Thu, Sat 9am
Saturday (Vigil) 5pm
Sunday 10.30am
Children welcome at all Masses


The Carmelite Parish Office is currently open each Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9.00am and 4.00pm (except public holidays). The Parish Office is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Parish Office phone number is 9681 9600. If we can’t answer at the time, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can email any other enquiries to and once again, we will get back to you as soon as possible. The After Hours emergency number is 0408 754 283.