Our Sacramental Preparation Programmes help prepare members of the parish to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
About our sacramental preparation programmes: These programmes involve collaboration between our two communities: the Parents’ Meeting at the beginning of each programme (essential for enrolment to be confirmed) is a joint meeting for parents from both Killara and Lindfield, and families then take part in the weekly preparation groups 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 (the exception being First Reconciliation which is a combined celebration for both communities).
In our Diocese of Broken Bay, First 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. For some background and an explanation of this order of celebration of the Sacraments please downlaod the small booklet 'The Sacraments of Initiation' via the link below:
Download: The Sacraments of Initiation
Introducing our Sacramental Coordinators
The role of the Sacramental Team on our parish staff (Sue-Anne Sherwood and Maia Schulze,) includes ensuring that members of the parish are informed about what Sacramental celebrations are occurring, contacting members from schools, organising registration and orientation meetings, organising family/group based learning of the Sacraments, helping with music, readings etc. at the liturgy, answering questions about the Sacraments and liaising with the Diocesan Team.
We are also blessed to have volunteers who help in our preparation for the sacraments of God's love. The aim of this group is to work with our Sacramental Coordinators to help members of the parish prepare to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
For more information contact:
Dates and details of our Sacramental Programmes in 2019
The dates and all other details regarding our preparation programmes for First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion can be obtained by clicking the link in the download box below:
Enrolling in the Preparation Programme for the Sacrament of Confirmation
Enrolments for this programme will be open between 12 - 28 August.
Please click here for details of the preparation programme and for how to enrol.(PDF 688.6KB)
A note re a change of date for the Sacrament of Confirmation
We apologise that we have had to change the date of our Confirmation celebrations from what was advertised earlier in the year.
All the dates for the preparation sessions remain UNchanged from what was previously advised.
The only changes are to the date of the actual celebrations of the sacrament and also the rehearsals beforehand.
The new date for Confirmation is Saturday 19th October (1:30pm at Killara and 3:30pm at Lindfield).
For further details regarding the dates involved in the preparation for Confirmation please see the document in the section immediately above on this page.
Choosing the name of a Saint for Confirmation
When a person is confirmed they are given a 'Confirmation name which may be either:
their baptismal name (IF that name is the name of a Saint). Indeed this is the ideal situation since Confirmation seals and completes baptism and so the choice of the same name (when it is a saint's name) is very appropriate.
a new name which MUST be the name of a canonised saint, the reason being is that that saint becomes a model, an exemplar for the one being Confirmed. The name chosen can only come from the list available on the web link given below - you are welcome to choose from one of the saints on the General Calendar of the Church or from one of the National Calendars which follow it. Please help your child find a saint which they identify with it, whose life inspires them in their own following of Jesus. The various saints listed on the website below have links to the lives of each saint.
Please click HERE for the link and scroll down to the list of the saints
on the General Calendar of the Church or on one of the national calendars which follow it.