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.
Our program for 2019 has been completed. You are welcome to enrol your child for our 2020 sacraments.
If for any reason a child or parent is unable to attend a particular session, please let Lorraine (Sacramental Coordinator) 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 31st March 2020.
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 2020 Sacramental program, a briefing session will be held prior to Sacrament preparation. This will be held on Saturday the 29th of April 2020 at 5pm in St Patrick’s Parish Hall Summer Hill (Entrance to the hall can be found on Prospect Road).
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 an email will be sent to you confirming your registration.