Continuing the Sacramental Initiation for Baptised Children
Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
We have a Parish-based Sacramental Programme to prepare the children who are to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Children from the State and Parish schools are prepared for these Sacraments in small groups. Each group meets on one of the parish sites for three or four sessions prior to the celebration of the Sacrament. A parenting facilitator leads the group with materials provided by the Diocese. The materials are very child-focused with simple messages and fun activities. The preparation programmes for these three Sacraments are co-ordinated by our Sacramental Programme Co-Ordinator, assisted by a team of volunteer parents.
These programmes involve collaboration between our two communities – the Parents’ Gathering at the beginning of each programme is a joint event for parents from both Epping and Carlingford, and families are welcome to take part in the weekly preparation groups from either community during the course of each programme. However, the actual celebration of the Sacraments takes place separately in each of our two Churches according to the home community of each family.
In our diocese of Broken Bay, the proper ancient order of celebrating the Sacraments is observed, and so First Holy Communion is the final Sacrament of Initiation (celebrating as it does the welcome of the children to share at the Lord’s Table) and is therefore preceded by Confirmation.
A letter to parents detailing all the relevant dates in all these Sacramental Programmes for each sacrament can be obtained from the Parish Office or downloaded here:
Confirmation enrolment has commenced and will close on Sunday 25th July 2021. We invite you to email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to enrol.
A parent gathering with Fr Jim will be held at the beginning of Term 3. This gathering serves as an information session where parents/carers can find out how the programme will be run and what we have prepared for the children. If we have any latest information on hand, we will also update you on what the diocese has instructed each parish in order to celebrate this occasion in a COVID-safe way. If you haven't already done so, please follow this link to submit your registration for the parent gathering: https://forms.gle/EJWUauvh7cPU5QTa8 We look forward to seeing you!