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.

Sacramental Program for 2022

The following information provides an overview of the process of registering for the program and information for the parents and candidates.

Children in Year 3 and above (aged eight years and over) who are already baptised are eligible to participate in our Parish. However, as a parent, you know your child best and may wish to wait a little longer if you feel that your child is not yet ready to partake in this program.

At Baptism, your child began a life-long journey and a way of life. At Confirmation, the graces received in Baptism are sealed with the reception of the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. This sacrament enables your child to better participate in the worshipping and apostolic life of the Church. The words that Jesus shared with his disciples at Pentecost apply to each one of us at Confirmation, "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come down upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8).

In order for a child to participate in the program at Pymble Catholic Parish, the following must be completed:

  • The child must be baptised prior to receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.
  • Proof of baptism must be provided to the Parish.
  • The child must be in Year 3 or above (aged eight or over).
  • The child needs to be registered online for the program (as below). Online registrations will open in March 2022.
  • The child, along with their parent or carer, must participate in a preparation program for the sacrament.

As a parent, you may wish to host or facilitate a small family group for the candidates to prepare for Confirmation. Without your support in this way, we could not offer a family-centred approach to this sacrament. Please consider taking on this valuable roll. You do not have to be a great Saint to do this: although you probably are already and just don't recognise it. All that is required is a space or a venue to host the group and a willingness to facilitate the discussion between parent and child. The Confirmation Workbook supplied by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay is very comprehensive and will give the group its structure.

The expectation is that the candidate, along with one of their parents, will attend the group formation sessions. The group will meet between two (2) and four (4) times in order to best prepare for Confirmation. The group will have between four (4) and six (6) candidate participants maximum (for a total of eight to 12 people including parents), as long as this adheres to COVID-safe regulations.

The group will meet at an agreed upon time that is convenient for all participants in the group and at a mutually agreeable location. For example, the formation group may agree to meet over four (4) Sundays from 3pm to 4pm at Sally's house to prepare. If the group does not have a venue to hold formation sessions, the church has meeting rooms we will gladly book for you based on availability (the rooms need to be booked in advance).

If your preference is to attend a formation group or class at the Parish, you are welcome to do so. This class will be offered over two weekends.

If your child has additional needs, please contact the Parish office so we can work with your family to find the best way to support you and your child during preparation for the sacraments.

Confirmation Schedule

Parent Welcome and Information Meeting: Thursday, 28 April at 7:30pm at Sacred Heart Church
Preparation Program: Over 4-weeks in April and May with nominated group as below.
Presentation Mass: Sunday, 1 May, any Mass, either church
Practice: Thursday, 19 May at Sacred Heart Church, at 4:30pm and 6pm
Services: Sunday, 22 May at Sacred Heart Church, at 11:30am and 1:30pm

Preparation Program

A nominated group is a Parish group or a home-based family group.

The Parish group schedule:
Session 1 - Saturday, 30 April at 2pm or 4pm, or Sunday, 1 May at 10:30am
Session 2 - Saturday, 14 May at 2pm or 4pm, or Sunday, 15 May at 10:30am

The Home-based family group:
Each family group will have a parent facilitator and work through the information in a group of about six candidates with their parent(s) or carer(s).

First Reconciliation Schedule

Parent Welcome and Information Meeting: Thursday, 12 May at 7:30pm at Sacred Heart Church (this is a combined First Reconciliation and Communion parent meeting)
Preparation Program: Over 4-weeks in May and June with nominated group as below*
Presentation Mass: Sunday, 29 May, any Mass, either church
Practice: No practice required
Services: Tuesday, 14 June Sacred Heart Church (times TBC) and Wednesday 15 June at OLPS Church (time TBC). Choose the liturgy service that best suits you.

Preparation Program

A nominated group is a Parish group or a home-based family group.

The Parish group schedule:
Session 1: Saturday, 28 May at 2pm or 4pm, or Sunday, 29 May at 10:30am
Session 2: Saturday, 4 June at 2pm or 4pm, or Sunday, 5 June at 10:30am

The Home-based family group:
Each family group will have a parent facilitator and work through the information in a group of about six candidates with their parent(s) or carer(s).

First Eucharist Schedule

Parent Welcome and Information Meeting: Thursday, 28 April at 7:30pm at Sacred Heart Church (combined with First Reconciliation meeting as above)
Preparation Program: Commencing in Term 3, over 4-weeks in July and August with nominated group as below*
Presentation Mass: Sunday, 31 July any Mass, either church
Practice: Saturday, 13 August at 3pm at Sacred Heart or Saturday, 20 August at 3pm at OLPS
Services: Sunday, 14 August at 11:30am at Sacred Heart or Sunday, 21 August at 11:30am at OLPS
Children should go to confession at least one more time prior to First Communion:
  • At Sacred Heart: 8:30am Friday, 5pm Saturday, 5:30pm Sunday
  • At OLPS: 9:30am Saturday
  • Father will also be available immediately following each First Communion practice for reconciliation.

Preparation Program

A nominated group is a Parish group or a home-based family group.

The Parish group schedule:
Session 1: Saturday, 23 July 2pm or 4pm, or Sunday, 24 July at 10:30am
Session 2: Saturday, 6 August at 2pm or 4pm, or Sunday, 7 August at 10:30am

The Home-based family group:
Each family group will have a parent facilitator and work through the information in a group of about six candidates with their parent(s) or carer(s).

*A nominated group is a group formed by the parents or carers on behalf of their children and meets on days, times and places that suit the group. A parent volunteer is required to facilitate these meetings. The Parish also offers formation classes if that is required.

Pre-enrolment Requirements

You will need the following before making your online enrolment.

  • The name of the child making their Confirmation. Enter your child's name in the Candidate's First Name and Candidate's Last Name online section: not your name. Ensure your child's name is spelt correctly and as you want it to appear on their Confirmation certificate. Confirmation certificates are produced using the information you have provided. Therefore, it is important to ensure all of your data entry is correct.
  • A Confirmation name. Each child needs to read about and select a Catholic saint to be their "Saintly Friend" for Confirmation. This is a lovely opportunity for you and your child to learn about the Catholic saints. Please include the saint's full name, i.e. "Mary of the Cross, Mackillop", "John the Evangelist", or "John the Baptist". There are wonderful books available from the library regarding Catholic saints or on the internet. Have a bit of fun engaging in this activity with your child. Some children who have a Christian name as their given name may choose this same name. This is a choice for you and your child.
  • A copy of your child's baptism certificate. Please email a copy of this baptism certificate to Melanie Benbow at the Parish office prior to the Parent Information Evening. Registration cannot be confirmed without a baptismal certificate. If your child was baptised in a non-Catholic Christian denomination, they will need to make a profession of faith prior to Confirmation. You may contact the Parish office via the Contact function or use the email address at the bottom of this page.
  • Have the postal address of the parish where your child was baptised. This is a very important piece of information. Catholic Church canon law requires that we send a letter confirming that your child has made their Confirmation to the church where your child was baptised. Please ensure that you fill in all of the fields properly when booking online. This may seem tedious but it is necessary.
  • A sponsor with your child, for your child. The sponsor must be a Catholic over the age of 16 who has received all of their Sacraments. The sponsor may be a godparent, a relative, or a friend; someone you trust who will offer on-going spiritual guidance to your child. We live in a global community and understand that if your child's sponsor is elsewhere on the day of Confirmation, a surrogate is welcome to stand-in on the sponsor's behalf on the day.
  • Hosting or facilitating details. If you are hosting or facilitating a group, have the time, day and location of the group you intend to offer. Remember, depending on availability, the church does have rooms for group preparation sessions.

Program Fee

The participation fee for the Sacrament of Confirmation is $75 per child. The participation fee for both Reconciliation and First Communion is $140 per child. The Parish makes a charge for each sacramental program to cover the costs of providing books, additional resources, and time of preparation, in particular the employment of our paid staff.

The fees are not for receiving the sacrament - it is simply the only way that our Parish can afford to employ the staff who are needed to lead and organise our sacramental preparation programs. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact our office.

Online Enrolment

Each child needs to be enroled in the program via an online registration process. When making a booking online, please book only one ticket per child. If you have more than one child participating, book each child individually. For example, if you have two children getting participating, book in one child and then go through the process again for the second child (do not book two tickets at once). This process will ensure we have all of the necessary details for each individual participant.

Enrolments for the Confirmation program have now closed. The program is now underway.

Enrolments for the Reconciliation and First Communion program have now closed. The program is now underway.

If you need further information regarding the Sacramental Program, please contact the Parish Office.