Sacramental Program

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The Pymble Catholic Parish has a comprehensive annual Sacramental Program for children. The order of the sacraments is Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation and then First Communion.

The preparation for each of these sacraments involves an individual enrolment, and a preparation program led by parent volunteers. The enrolment procedure is an online process explained below.

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First Reconciliation and First Communion 2020 Program

Welcome to parents of candidates for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Thank you for taking the time to review this information regarding these sacraments prior to registering your child.

Children in Year 3 and above (aged 8 years and above) who are already baptised and confirmed are eligible to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion in the Pymble Parish. However, as a parent, you know your child best and may wish to wait a little longer if you feel your child is not yet ready to participate in this program.

The First Reconciliation preparation and program is immediately followed by the First Communion preparation and program. Accordingly, this is a combined registration process.

At Baptism, your child began a life-long journey and a way of life. At Reconciliation, the focus turns to God’s mercy, how we forgive among our family, friends, and community, and how we celebrate forgiveness. By this sacrament of forgiveness, God grants us pardon and peace and calls us to a life of conversion, “the Kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mk 1:15).

The Eucharist (or Communion) brings about our own intimate union with Jesus Christ because it is a sacrament of love, a sign of unity and the very presence of the risen Christ who shares his life with us. As Jesus announced, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them” (John 6:56).

Please take care when reading the information below, make note of all program dates in your calendar. To avoid mistakes, please take time entering the required data into the online booking function below.

Because of changes relating to the coronavirus, the traditional Parent Welcome and Information Evening has been cancelled.

Essential Steps

In order for a child to participate in the First Reconciliation and First Communion program at Pymble Parish, the following needs to be completed:

  • The child must be Baptised and Confirmed prior to receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation, which is then followed by First Communion.
  • Proof of Confirmation must be provided to the Parish.
  • The child must be in Year 3 or above.
  • The child must be registered online.
  • Pick-up a First Reconciliation preparation workbook for your child at the Parish office at Sacred Heart on Tuesday, 18 August. [Please note: there will not be a Parent Information Evening.]
  • The child, along with their parent or carer, must participate in a four week preparation program for each of these two sacraments: that means four weeks preparation for Reconciliation and four weeks preparation for Communion.
  • Note: your child does not need a sponsor or a Saint's name for First Communion, that is only for Confirmation.

First Reconciliation

All candidate parents or carers must collect their First Reconciliation preparation workbook from the Parish office at the Sacred Heart Church Pymble on Tuesday, 18 August between 12pm and 6:30pm.

First Reconciliation will be celebrated at both churches within our Parish on the following dates:

  • Sacred Heart, Pymble on Wednesday, 16 September at 6:30pm.
  • Sacred Heart, Pymble on Tuesday, 22 September at 4pm.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, West Pymble on Wednesday, 23 September at 4pm.
  • The number of participants at each church will be limited in order to comply with NSW Health regulations surrounding coronavirus.
  • These dates are subject to change based on NSW Health regulations surrounding coronavirus.
  • Please note there are no practice sessions scheduled for First Reconciliation.

First Communion

First Communion will be celebrated at both churches within our Parish on the following dates:

  • Sacred Heart, Pymble on Sunday, 22 November at 11:30 am. [Practice for First Communion at Sacred Heart is on Friday, 20 November at 3:30pm.]
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, West Pymble on Sunday, 29 November at 11:30 am. [Practice for First Communion at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is on Friday, 27 November at 3:30pm.]
  • The number of participants at each church will be limited in order to comply with NSW Health regulations surrounding coronavirus.
  • These dates are subject to change based on NSW Health regulations surrounding coronavirus.

Family Centred Program

All candidates will take part in a four-week group preparation prior to each of these two sacraments: that is, four weeks preparation prior to Reconciliation in Term 3 and four weeks preparation prior to Communion in Term 4.

This program requires volunteers who act as a facilitator for the group. The facilitator hosts a small family group as the children prepare for First Reconciliation and First Communion. With the support of the entire community, we can offer a family-centred program. Please consider taking on this valuable role as facilitator. All that's required is a willingness to facilitate the discussion between parent and child: this gives each group its structure. The church has plenty of space to offer a venue for group meetings.

Please note: parent involvement is a requirement. The expectation is the involvement of the child making their sacraments, as well as the parent(s).

The majority of one's spiritual and religious development occurs in the home: parents are the primary educators of their children. These groups are meant to complement the preparation for these sacraments, which should also be happening at home.

Registration

Registration via the link below is for both Reconciliation and Communion, inclusive. When registering, there is an enrolment fee of $130. This amount defrays the cost of administering both the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion.

If you have more than one child participating, please register each child individually so that we can capture the individual information required for each child.

Once you have registered your child online, you will receive an email confirmation which contains more detailed information. Please ensure you read and retain this email for future reference.

Additional Information

If your child was part of a Confirmation program at another parish, please email a copy of the related certificate to Melanie Benbow in reply to your registration email. For children who made their Confirmation at Pymble Parish, there is no need to supply a certificate.

If your child has additional needs, we want to ensure they can receive the sacraments in a way that is helpful and inclusive of them. Please advise of any special needs you may have.

For further information or assistance, please contact Melanie Benbow, Sacramental Program and CCD Coordinator, via the Parish office.

Document: Reconciliation and Communion Program Pymble Parish 2020 summary details (PDF 79.5KB)

First Reconciliation and First Communion Enrolment

Each child needs to be enrolled in the program. Individual online enrolments are necessary for each child in each family. Online enrolment is open now.

Confirmation Enrolment Has ClosedThe link below will take you to the online enrolment process. The online process also provides additional information on the program.

Pymble Catholic Parish Program Enrolment

Online Enrolment