Thank you for your interest in celebrating the Sacraments at one of our Parishes.
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. Students 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 unless you advise otherwise.
First Reconciliation Preparation
For Parents with children at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School: preparation will be taught during school time, however you are still required to register via the links below.
For Parents with children at all other schools: preparation will be taught over a series of Sunday afternoons. Registrations for 2022 have now closed. Our next First Reconciliation progam will run in Term 1 of 2023.
Our preparation consists of four sessions on a Sunday afternoon from 3.30pm to 4.30pm which are attended by the enrolled student and a parent. Preparation is considered an essential requirement to receive the Sacrament, as is attendance at Sunday Mass.
Our preparation is structured as a 60 minute session, that is accompanied by handouts, activities and homework (just a little!). At the conclusion of our preparation session, children are expected to attend Sunday afternoon Mass at 5pm at St Thomas, and to hand their homework or activity in for validation.
Preparation Dates for 2022
Week 1: 3.30pm Sunday 6th March
Week 2: 3.30pm Sunday 13th March
Week 3: 3.30pm Sunday 20th March
Week 4: 3.30pm Sunday 27th March
First Reconciliation for 2022- held at St Thomas of Canterbury
The date is to be confirmed for 2022. We will confirm during our classes.
First Reconciliation is a private discussion between the Priest and the student. This is typically done in the confessionals at St Thomas.
The cost per child is $50 which covers both First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We ask for payment via EFT and Parish bank details will be sent to all parents in advance. Please note that no child will ever be denied the opportunity to receive the Sacraments due to financial limitations. Families in difficult financial circumstances should contact the parish office to discuss their situation confidentially.
How to Register your child
A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required as well as the permission of both parents. Please complete the attached registration form to enrol your child to receive First Reconciliation.