St. Mary's Toukley
Saturday - 9:30 - 10:00am (after Mass)
St Brendan's Lake Munmorah
Saturday- 4.30 - 5.00pm (before Mass)
Traditionally this sacrament was called the Sacrament of Penance. It reflects metanoia, which is translated as penance and denotes a change of heart or repentance.
Pope St John Paul II described this sacrament as a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and a part of the mission of the Church to be reconciled and a reconciling community. He added that the primary effect of this sacrament is the forgiveness of sins. Its secondary effect is growth in holiness.
Pope Francis's teaching on the same sacrament observes that forgiveness of our sins is something we cannot give to ourselves. One cannot say I forgive myself my sins. Forgiveness is asked, it is asked for another. In confession it is asked from Jesus. Forgiveness is not the fruit of our efforts but the efforts of the Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of Penance exists for people who commit sin after baptism. Vatican II teaches that those who approach the sacrament of penance obtain pardon through God’s mercy for the offences committed towards him. They are at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded with their sins and which by charity, example and prayer labours for their conversion.
Sacrament of First Reconciliation
According to the church’s command, after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an Reconciliation obligation faithfully to confess serious sins. In this parish children in Year 4 are eligible to make their First Reconciliation.
Structure of the Sacramental Program
The current order of reception of the Sacraments in the Diocese of Broken Bay is Baptism, Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (First Communion).
The preparation program for each sacrament is a parish based program and is structured in such a way that parents and children spend quality time with each other in preparation to receive the sacrament.
They are designed to be facilitated in small groups and your Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Toukley/Lake Munmorah assists with your child’s preparation, by providing the reading material, workbooks, and facilitators to assist you and your children to prepare worthily to receive the sacraments.
If you wish to be a facilitator for any of the sacraments, or have any concerns, or difficulties, please do not hesitate to speak with Fr Tomy at any time, or contact the parish office 4396 4455.
Enrolment for First Reconciliation 2023
Enrolments for First Reconciliation will open in February 2023. Please contact the Parish Office late January/early February 2023 on 4396 4455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check here for more details.
The online enrolment process allows parents/carers to choose a suitable date/time for the preparation sessions. These sessions will commence approx late February 2023.
Parents/carers and enrolled Children need to attend all chosen preparation sessions, and complete the workbook during/following each session, for your child to be adequately prepared to receive this sacrament. Parents and Children are strongly encouraged to attend Mass during the preparation program.
Special Rituals will be held for parents and children at Mass during the program.
St Brendan's Lake Munmorah at Saturday 5pm Mass:
Saturdays approx March 2023 - exact dates TBA
St Mary's Toukley at Sunday 9am Mass:
Sundays approx March 2023 - exact dates TBA
Sacrament Dates for 2023
The enrolled children who have completed the preparation sessions will be ready to receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at one of the following:
St. Mary's Church, Toukley - approx March 2023 - exact dates TBA
St. Brendan's Church, Lake Munmorah - approx March 2023 - exact dates TBA
*The cost of the program is $30 per child, or $40 per family. The enrolment fee covers the cost of resources and administrative expenses associated with the Sacramental program. If you are unable to pay at this time, please speak with Fr. Tomy or our Sacramental Coordinator, Lorrie, when you enrol. No child will be excluded for financial reasons.
If you have any questions, please contact the Sacramental Coordinator by phone on 4396 4455 or email email@example.com.