Sacraments and Spirituality

Central Region Catholic Parishes

This page is for the Central Parishes practices of the Sacraments and Spirituality.


Father Peter Slater


Deacon Mark Kelly:

0427 748 646

The Honeymoon and Beyond:

(03) 5622 1188

CatholicCare Gippsland

A Marriage Preparation Program presented by CatholicCare Gippsland.

19 Connor Street, Warragul. The Honeymoon and Beyond offers couples the opportunity to spend time talking about their relationship and to develop skills necessary to support it at a healthy and growing level.


Parish Sacrament Program

Our Sacrament program is parishes based, family centred and school and catechist supported. This program gives parents an opportunity to review their own faith journey while at the same time helping their child to experience the Christian values of love, kindness, forgiveness, generosity and so on.

The parishes support the family in their journey of faith. The Sacrament team

co-ordinates and puts into place the support given to families and is a liaison between school/catechists, parish and families.

Contact  St Joseph's and St Ita's Parishes : Ruth Thompson  (03) 523 1642

St John's Parish: Vivian Del Din (03) 56331166

RE Program for Children Outside of Schools

This parish based program is designed for Catholic children who do not attend Catholic schools. It is a prep-6 program that is run during school terms. Children who wish to make the Sacraments of Initiation need to attend this program. Lessons are conducted at St. Ignatius Neerim South on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and St. Ita’s Church, Drouin on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Phone Numbers:


Ruth Thompson (03) 56 231642


Vivian Del Din (03) 56 331166

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Adults who are interested in learning about and understanding the Catholic Faith are welcomed into the St. Joseph’s and St Ita’s Parishes Community of faith.

Contact Joan Robertson or Fr. Peter

Phone: (03) 5623 1642

Catholic Care – Gippsland

Family and Relationship Counselling

"CatholicCare Gippsland is the official social service of the Catholic Church in Gippsland. It provides a range of professional social and community services to individuals, couples, families and communities. CatholicCare Gippsland is a member of Catholic Social Services Australia."



Phone: (03) 5622 1188


Individual Couples Marriage Preparation Program

Allows people to do their marriage preparation as individual couples and reflect on their relationship in a private, confidential setting. Couples complete a questionnaire and work through the responses with a qualified facilitator over 3 one hour sessions. This setting allows a couple to talk about their strengths and discuss the challenges they may face as their relationship evolves.


Hilary Kelly: 0439 396 930

Deacon Mark Kelly: 0427 748 646

Older Children's Baptism Program

The Older Baptism program assists families of children who are aged 2 years or over to prepare their child for the Sacrament of Baptism. The program consists of 4 sessions held weekly. Sessions are attended by both the child and the parents. Topics include Jesus, Baptism, The Eucharist and catholic living and are led by Father Slater, assisted by Ruth Thompson

For more information please Ruth (03) 5623 1642.

MenAlive Parish Mens Groups

menAlive Prayer Groups

Every Wednesday 7am St Joseph’s Meeting Room

Fourth Thursday of each month 7pm St Ita’s Meeting Room.

for further details please contact John McInerney

0438 448 114

Christian Meditation Group

Meets Mondays, 10.00am in the Marian Room. All welcome


Ethel Orchard: (03) 5622 3065


Charismatic Prayer Group

Meets Fridays, 7.30pm in the Marian Room. All welcome


Julie Powell: (03) 5628 1343