Sacrament Program for School Aged Children

Our Sacrament Program in 2021

This will be a busy year across our parishes and schools as we are completing preparation that was begun in 2020 and we will have many celebrations of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation to make up for those who could not celebrate them in 2020 and for those who will enrol in 2021. 

Those families with children at either Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School, Deepdene, Our Holy Redeemer Primary School, Surrey Hills or Our Lady’s Wattle Park Primary School will be enrolled at the school level by their teacher and Religious Education Leader.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as the Sacrament of Penance, is often referred to as Confession. These titles are all aspects of the meaning of the sacrament.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s love and mercy. It celebrates the call to repentance after a process of conversion of heart.  During this sacrament, a Catholic confesses his/her sins in the spirit of true repentance and receives forgiveness of God through the ministry of the priest.

First Reconciliation for school-aged children has been celebrated across our parishes for 2021.  Details about the Sacramental Program for 2022 will be available early next year.

First Eucharist

The Sacrament of the Eucharist is commonly referred to as Holy Communion or Communion.  The Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation, along with Baptism and Confirmation. During Mass, we remember what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection and recall the Last Supper – the final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. Then, through our prayers to the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine we place on the altar are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ.

Children preparing to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time are usually in Year 4. In most instances, these children will have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the previous year (Year 3).

First Eucharist has been celebrated for 2021. Details about the Sacramental Program for 2022 will be available early next year.

 

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation.  Confirmation completes Baptism, by which in the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.  We are reminded of our participation in the ministry and mission of Jesus, and strengthened to follow Jesus more closely.

Children preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are usually in Year 5 or 6 of their primary school education. In most instances, these children will have prepared for and received the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Year 3 and the Sacrament of the Eucharist in Year 4.  These circumstances can vary.

The Preparation Program for Confirmation in 2021 has commenced.  Please contact the Parish Office to enquire about this year’s Confirmation program.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) in most instances applies to children and young people, generally of school age, who have not been baptised. The RCIC program can also provide assistance to those children who wish to prepare to receive the sacraments they have missed since Baptism, or who are seeking to join the Catholic Church.

Participants attend RCIC classes on a regular basis, usually beginning in September and continuing through the Easter season, with holiday breaks. Each child/young person comes into the RCIC program with different needs. Taking into consideration their age and levels of maturity, the goal of the RCIC is to provide participants with an understanding of what it means to know and love God, and to live a Christian life as a Catholic Christian.  Read more…