The Sacraments are a key part of church life and are celebrated within our Parish church community. Each year St Gertrude’s Parish offers a special program to help candidates and families prepare for the celebration of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (Confession), First Holy Communion (Eucharist), and Confirmation. This programme is open to all children of eligible age living within the parish boundaries, regardless of which school they attend.
Candidates are eligible to prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of:

  • First Reconciliation in Grade 3 and above
  • First Holy Communion (Eucharist) in Grade 3 and above
  • Confirmation in Grade 6 and above

If parents at any stage, are concerned that their child is not ready to receive the sacraments in the above mentioned classes, then it is their prerogative, after suitable discussion, to have their child wait until the next appropriate sacrament intake.

At St Gertrude’s Parish, candidates are usually prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation during School Terms 3 and 4, Reconciliation in Term 1 (from 2019), and First Holy Communion in Term 2 (from 2019). These times are approximate only, as there may be overlaps.

Our Sacramental Preparation Program places a strong emphasis on family involvement, because we recognise that parents/guardians are the main educators of their children in the faith.

Sacramental Program

Intensive Preparation for each Sacrament is undertaken over four-eight weeks in weekly 1.5 hour sessions. Before each sacrament, a rehearsal is held to familiarize the children with their special role as they participate in each sacramental liturgy. It is also the practice for each Candidate to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

This preparation is designed not only to prepare the candidates receiving the Sacrament, but also to involve and inform the parents and other family members, so that the experience can be shared as part of the family’s faith journey.


2022 Sacrament Dates 



Confirmation enrolments for 2022 have now closed. 

Important Dates:

Parent Information Meeting for Confirmation: Thursday 28th July 2022 at 7 pm in the Montefano Hall (Parish Hall).

Confirmation classes: In the Montefano Hall (Parish Hall) on Sundays in August – 8:45 am to 10:15 am, followed by 10:30 am Mass. Dates for 2022 will be as follows –  7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August. 

Confirmation Rehearsals: Ceremony 1 – Tuesday 13th September at 6:30 pm. Ceremony 2 – Friday 16th September at 6:30 pm. (Rehearsal will take 1-1.5 hours). Dates/times to be confirmed.

Confirmation Ceremony: Saturday 15th October 2022. Time to be advised. 

(The number of ceremonies will be determined by the number of enrolments).

Please note: Due to all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the Confirmation Programme dates may be subject to change. In light of current events and due to the government limiting indoor social gatherings,  there may be limits place on the number of guests a Candidate may invite. 



Children who will be in Year 3 and above (in 2022), who have been baptised in the Catholic Church, may be eligible to enrol for the COMBINED First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion Programme.



Enrolments will open on  Sunday 21st November 2021 and close on Sunday 5th December 2021. If you missed out enrolling last year, enrolments are currently being accepted until the 25th February 2022. 

To enrol your child, please use the link below to complete the Online Enrolment Form.  (Enrolments currently closed).

When enrolling multiple children, please complete an enrolment form for each child. 

For planning purposes, please ensure you enrol your child during the enrolment period. Late enrolments may not be accepted. 

For more information,  please click on the link for enrolment information: RE22 Enrolment Information

Please note: From 2019, preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will now be taking place together in a combined programme during the first half of the year. First Holy Communion will be celebrated during the Feast of Corpus Christi.


Important Dates:

Parent Information evening for First Reconciliation: Tuesday 1st March   at 7 pm in the Montefano Hall (Only one adult, per family, to attend. Please do not bring children to meeting). Date to be confirmed and may be subject to change.

Reconciliation classes start: Sundays during March/April 2022 from  8:45 am to 10:15 am followed by 10:30 am Mass.  These will take place over 4 consecutive weeks on your assigned day.  Lessons held in the Montefano Hall.

2022 Lesson dates will be as follows: Sunday 13th, 20th, 27th March and Sunday 3rd April.


First Holy Communion classes start: Sundays during May 2022 from  8:45 am to 10:15 am followed by 10:30 am Mass. Lessons will take place over 4 consecutive weeks on your assigned day. Lessons held in the Montefano Hall. 2022 Lesson dates will be as follows: Sunday 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th May. (Please note, there will be NO lesson on Mother’s Day 8/5/22).

Reception of First Reconciliation: Thursday 19th May 2022 at 6:45 pm SHARP . Held in St Benedict’s Shrine Church.

Rehearsal for Ceremonies: Ceremony 1 – Thursday 2nd June at 6:30 pm. Ceremony 2 – Thursday 16th June at 6:30 pm.  Rehearsals will be held in St Benedict’s Shrine Church, Smithfield. 

First Holy Communion Masses: Ceremony 1 – Sunday 5th June 2022 at 1 pm.  Ceremony 2 – Sunday 19th June 2022 at 1 pm.  Communion Masses will be held in St Benedict’s Shrine, Smithfield. (Dates may be subject to change).

Due to all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the First Communion Programme dates may be subject to change beyond our control. In light of current events and due to the government limiting indoor social gatherings,  there may be limits place on the number of guests a First Communicant may invite. 


Enquiries: (emails checked on Friday).

Sacrament Office: 9725 4317 (Please leave a message and someone will get back to you).

Face-to-face appointments available upon request. Please contact the Sacramental Office to make an appointment. 

Information updated  July  2022.