Our Sacramental Program guides young children through their journey of Christian initiation into the Church, following on from their Baptism. The program is for primary school-aged children attending government or independent schools who are baptised and are seeking to continue their initiation into the Catholic Tradition and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist
Members of the Catechist Team conduct classes for a small group of students on a weekly basis over a six-week period prior to the celebration of each sacrament. Catechists are invited to assist with at least one sacrament program throughout the year, in a voluntary capacity. Ideally, Catechists will have experience in teaching religious education in a Catholic school. Catechists are well supported and are provided with a program framework and resource materials.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
Many adults are welcomed into the Catholic Church each year through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA is also known as the Catechumenate, an early church term that recognises a Catechumen as a non-baptised person preparing for Baptism and initiation into the Catholic Church. The Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
The RCIA offers a way to grow in knowledge of Christ and the Catholic faith in company with others on a similar journey. A small group of parishioners (the RCIA Team) are entrusted as catechists, mentors and sponsors for those who have approached us. Through their constant support and willingness to share their faith, they are living witnesses of the Good News. Lyn Kane currently coordinates our RCIA team.
Usually the process of preparation involves meetings over a number of months. We begin around August or September, and the group of inquirers and mentors/sponsors meet regularly to share faith, pray, and participate in various activities of the parish community. At the beginning of Lent each year, those in the group who wish to enter the Catholic Church enter into an intense period of preparation, culminating in the reception of the sacraments at the Easter Vigil.
To find out more about the RCIC Program and/or the role of a Catechist, contact the Parish Office on 9816 9291 or at firstname.lastname@example.org