The Sacraments are a wonderful gift to us from God inviting us into deeper intimacy with Him. So that children can gain the full benefit of the experience, the preparation is vitally important. Unlike Baptism and Confirmation, Reconciliation is a sacrament that can be received as often as one wants, and it strengthens us with grace each time it is received. Candidates need to be Catholic and in year two or above to make their First Reconciliation.
In our Parishes, we have the Sacraments of both Reconciliation and Holy Communion when the child is in year three. They are still held as two separate sacraments, and are arranged approximately three months apart. When you register your child for Reconciliation we will assume you are also participating in Holy Communion other you advise otherwise.
First Reconciliation Preparation Program
The preparation will consist of four sessions to be attended by the enrolled candidates and a parent.
Saturday or Sunday 24th/25th February 2018
Saturday or Sunday 3rd/4th March 2018
Saturday or Sunday 10th/11th March 2018
Saturday or Sunday 17th/18th March 2018
If for any reason a child or parent is unable to attend a particular session, please let the Parish Office know ahead of time so that alternate arrangements can be made. It’s essential that the candidates attend and complete the preparation prior to receiving the sacrament. Sunday Mass attendance is an important part of the program and is integrated into each session.
First Reconciliation Ceremony
First Reconciliation: Tuesday 20th March 2018
The First Reconciliation Ceremony includes a family Mass followed by individual Reconciliation for the enrolled candidates. This Mass is a special celebration for the candidates and their families to share in. All are welcome.
Please note that as part of our pre-registration for the 2018 Sacramental program, Father Sam Lynch would like to meet each family in advance of registration. Individual appointments will be made starting February 2018 so please ensure you submit your registrations as soon as convenient.
Children are not required to buy special outfits for the Sacrament, however they are required to dress appropriately. A general guide is how they would dress to attend a special occasion. Boys should wear long trousers and a shirt with a collar, no jeans, cargo pants or joggers. Girls should wear a dress, knee length or longer, and no midriffs or bare shoulders.
Register your child
Please complete the attached registration form and telephone the Parish to make your appointment with Father Sam.