Sacrament Program for School Aged Children

Sacramental Program for 2022

Registration

Families are invited to register in the Parish’s Sacramental Program.  Information about each Sacrament, and a link to the Registration Form are provided below.

Preparation

Preparation for each Sacrament will be provided through the Parish Catechist Program.  If your child attends one of the Parish Primary Schools their preparation will be completed during school hours with their classroom teacher.

Celebration Dates for 2022

The Sacrament celebration dates for 2022 are:-

  • Reconciliation : 29-31 March 2022
  • First Eucharist : 4/5 June and 11/12 June 2022
  • Confirmation : 2, 4, 9 and 11 September 2022

 

Parish Catechist Program - dates for 2022

  • Reconciliation :
    • Surrey Hills Wattle Park – commence Tuesday, 1 March for four weeks.
    • Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene – commence Thursday, 3 March for four weeks.
  • First Eucharist :
    • Surrey Hills Wattle Park – commence Tuesday, 26 April for six weeks.
    • Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene – commence Thursday, 28 April for six weeks.
  • Confirmation :
    • Surrey Hills Wattle Park – commence Thursday, 21 July for six weeks.
    • Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene – commence Friday, 22 July for six weeks.

Due to the continuing challenges associated with the pandemic, all dates are subject to change.

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.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation has been completed for this year.  The dates for next year will be available from February 2023.

 

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).

Registration for the Parish Catechist Program is now closed, please contact the Parish Office on 9816 9291.

Online registration for children attending one of the Parish Primary Schools will close on Wednesday, 4 May.

 

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.

Online registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation is now available.

 

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…