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.

 

2021 Sacrament Dates 

FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

From 2019, Children in Year 3 and above, who have been baptised in the Catholic Church, are eligible to enrol for COMBINED First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion Programme . Enrolments can be emailed to sacraments@stgertrude.org.au or dropped off to the Parish office by the  15th  November 2020.

When emailing, please scan or take a photo of the Enrolment form and Baptism certificate. Please do not place original Baptism Certificates in the letterbox.

 

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

For more information and to obtain an enrolment form, please see the link below:

RE21 Enrolment Information

 

Important Dates:

Parent Information evening for First Reconciliation: Tuesday 23rd February 2021 at 7 pm in the Montefano Hall (Only one adult, per family, to attend. Please do not bring children to meeting). 

Reconciliation small group sessions start: Friday 26th, Sat 27th and Sun 28th Feb. Take place over 4 consecutive weeks on your assigned day.  Lessons held in the Montefano Hall. 

Parent Information evening for First Holy Communion:  Tuesday 20th April 2021 at 7 pm in the Montefano Hall. (Please do not bring children to this meeting). 2020 and 2021 cohorts to attend. 

First Holy Communion classes start: Fri 30th April, 1st and 2nd May. Take place over 4 consecutive weeks on your assigned day. Lessons held in the Montefano Hall. 

First Reconciliation Revision/DVD and Rehearsal for 2020 group: TBA

First Reconciliation Rehearsal & DVD for 2021 group:  TBA

Reception of First Reconciliation: 3 ceremonies – Thursday 20th May at 5 pm & 7 pm, Tuesday 25th May at 7 pm in St Benedict’s Shrine. 

Rehearsal for Ceremonies: TBA

First Holy Communion Masses: 29/30th May and 5/6 June 2021.  (Dates may be subject to change)

Due to all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the First Communion Programme may be subject to change.

 

CONFIRMATION

Children in Year 6 and above, who have made their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, are eligible to enrol for Confirmation. 

In light of current events and due to the government limiting indoor social gatherings,  only the candidate, sponsor and 2 family members may attend the ceremony. As covid-19 government restrictions ease, we may be able to increase numbers.

  • Via email: sacraments@stgertrude.org.au. Please scan or take a photo of the Enrolment form and Baptism certificate. Enrolments due by 26/03/21.

Please note: Due to all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the Confirmation Programme may be subject to change.

Click on the link to download an enrolment form:

Important Dates:

Parent Information Meeting for Confirmation: Tuesday 20th July 2021 at 7 pm in the Montefano Hall.

Confirmation classes: Sat 24th July/Sun 25th July, 31st July/1Aug, 7th/8th Aug, 14th/15th Aug 2021 in the Montefano Hall.

Confirmation Parent Workshop: Tuesday 10th August 2021 at 7 pm.

Confirmation Rehearsals: TBC

Confirmation Ceremony: Sunday 12th September 2021.

Enquiries: sacraments@stgertrude.org.au

Helena 9725 4317 (Please leave a message).

Information updated  March  2021.