Sacrament Program for School Aged Children

Sacraments in 2024

Reconciliation will take place during Term 1 for children in Year 4*.

First Eucharist will take place during Term 2 & 3 for children in Year 4*.

Confirmation will take place during Term 3 for children in Year 6*.

You are invited to complete the Expressions of Interest form for First Eucharist and Confirmation, we will contact you via email once the online registration forms are available.

Expressions of Interest

*Further information about the program, class dates, Reflection Day and celebrations can be found below.

Sacramental Program

Registration

Families are invited to register in the Parish’s Sacramental Program and Catechist Classes.  Students attending one of the Parish Primary Schools will be contacted through the school.  Information about each Sacrament is provided below.

Preparation

Preparation for each Sacrament will be provided through the Parish Catechist Program which runs for five to six weeks prior to the celebration.  If your child attends one of the Parish Primary Schools their preparation will be completed during school hours with their classroom teacher.

Reconciliation

Children preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation are usually in Year 4.  Read more about Reconciliation…

Reconciliation will take place on Wednesday, 20 March 2024 at 6.00 pm at Our Holy Redeemer Church, 4 Barton Street, Surrey Hills.

Enrolment in the preparation program for Reconciliation is now closed.  Please contact the Parish Office on 9816 9291.

First Eucharist

Children preparing to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time are usually in Year 4 and have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Read more about Eucharist…

The Sacrament of the Eucharist will be celebrated on:

Saturday, 3 August 2024
6.00 pm at Our Holy Redeemer Church, Surrey Hills

Sunday, 4 August 2024
10.30 am at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene

Sunday, 11 August 2024
9.00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Wattle Park

Sunday, 11 August 2024
5.00 pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene

The after-school Parish Sacrament Program for First Eucharist will take place on a Tuesday afternoon from 4.15 pm to 5.15 pm in the Meeting Room at Our Holy Redeemer Church, Surrey Hills.  There will be five classes, commencing on Tuesday, 23 April 2024.  The other four classes will take place on 30 April and 7, 14 & 21 May 2024.

A Reflection Day for children attending the Parish Sacrament Program will take place on Monday, 29 July 2024.

Please complete the online Expressions of Interest form.  You will receive an email inviting you to complete the registration form for First Eucharist by Friday, 8 March 2024.

Confirmation

Children preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation are usually in Year 6 or above.  Read more about Confirmation…

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on:

Friday, 6 September 2024
6.00 pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Wattle Park

Friday, 13 September 2024
6.00 pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene

Sunday, 15 September 2024
1.00 pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene

The after-school Parish Sacrament Program for Confirmation will take place from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm on a Thursday afternoon in the Meeting Room at Our Holy Redeemer Church, Surrey Hills; or on a Friday afternoon at Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School.

There will be six after-school classes, commencing on Thursday, 18 July or Friday, 19 July 2024.

A Reflection Day for children attending the Parish Sacrament Program will take place on Friday, 30 August 2024.

Please complete the online Expressions of Interest form.  You will receive an email inviting you to complete the registration form for Confirmation by Friday, 21 June 2024.

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…