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 4 (2018) and 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 2018

Intensive Preparation for each Sacrament is undertaken over four-six 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 – Reconciliation will take place between weeks 5-6 of classes.

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.

2018 Sacrament Dates

CONFIRMATION
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in our Parish:

  • Sunday 17th June 2018 at 2 pm & 4 pm.

Children in Year 6 and above, who have made their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, are eligible to enrol for Confirmation. Enrolments will be accepted when parents and children participate in the ceremony of enrolment at the Saturday Vigil or Sunday Masses in the Parish, 24th/25th February or 3/4th March 2018. Enrolment forms will be available from the Parish Office, at the Church entrances,  or can be downloaded from the links below on Friday 16th February 2018.

C18 Enrolment Letter – FINAL

C18 Enrolment Form

C18 Privacy Statement – FINAL

C18 Enrolment Ritual (back of form) – FINAL

Important Dates:

Confirmation Enrolment Weekends: 24th/25th February and 3rd/4th March 2018.

Parent Information Evening: Wednesday  2nd May at 7:30 pm in the Montefano Hall.

Parent’s Only Workshop: Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Montefano Hall.

Small group sessions: Weeks beginning – Sat/Sun 5/6 May, 12/13 May, 19/20 May and 26/27 May 2018.

Reconciliation small group sessions: Weeks beginning –  3 June and 10 June. You will be advised which session you are to attend. 

Confirmation Retreat: Tuesday 12th June 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm (Held in St Gertrude’s Primary School hall).

Rehearsals: Ceremony 1 – Thursday 14th June at 7 pm, Ceremony 2 – Friday 15th June at 7 pm in St Benedict’s Shrine Church. 

Confirmation Ceremonies: Sunday, 17th June  2018 at 2 pm & 4 pm in St Benedict’s Shrine Church, Smithfield. Ceremonies will be assigned to Candidates and cannot be changed.

 

FIRST COMMUNION
Children in Year 3 and above who have made their First Reconciliation, are eligible to enrol for First Eucharist. Enrolments will be accepted when parents and children participate in the ceremony of enrolment at the Saturday Vigil or Sunday Masses in the parish, 23/24 June and 30 June/1 July.

Parent’s Only Meeting: Wednesday 17th October, 7:30 pm in the Montefano Hall.  

Parent’s Only Workshop Meeting: Tuesday 30th October, 7:30 pm in the Montefano Hall.

Small group sessions: Start weekend 20/21 October and continue for 4 more weeks (5 weeks in total).

Reconciliation for Candidates will take place during classes in Week 5 – please meet inside the Church.

Rehearsals: Ceremony 1 – Monday 19th November at 7 pm, Ceremony 2 – Friday 23rd November at 7 pm in St Benedict’s Shrine Church. 

Ceremonies: Saturday 24th November at 6 pm Vigil and Sunday 25th November 2018 at the 10:30 am Mass. Please note: Ceremonies are assigned to candidates and cannot be changed. 

Enrolment forms are available from the Church foyer, Sacramental Office and Parish Website (see link below). Enrolment forms have also been distributed through our local schools. 

E18 Enrolment forms

 

FIRST RECONCILIATION
From 2019, Children in Year 3 and above, who have been baptised, are eligible to enrol for First Reconciliation. Enrolments will be accepted when parents and children participate in the ceremony of enrolment at the Saturday Vigil or Sunday Masses in the parish, 3rd/4th and 10th/11th November 2018.

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. Children who have been Baptised and are in Year 3 and above will be eligible to enrol. 

Accordingly, there will be NO First Reconciliation sacramental program (for Year 2) at St Gertrude’s Parish in 2018, to allow for this change. 

Enrolments for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2019 (for current 2018 Year 2 students) will take place in November 2018. 

Enrolment forms will be distributed after the October school holidays. 

Parent’s Only Meeting: TBA

Parent’s Only Workshop Meeting: TBA

Small group sessions: TBA

Candidates will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation 1-2 weeks prior to their First Holy Communion. 

 

Changes to Sacramental Program

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Due to the restructuring of the Sacramental programs in St Gertrude’s Parish, the following changes will be taking place:

  • From 2019, the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will now be taking place together in the first half of the year. Children who have been Baptised and are in Year 3 and above will be eligible to enroll. Accordingly, there will be NO First Reconciliation sacramental program (for Year 2) at St Gertrude’s Parish in 2018, to allow for this change.
  • Enrolments for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2019 (for current Year 2 students) will take place in November 2018.
  • From 2019, the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place in the second half of the year.
  • Families with Baptised children in Year 3 and above who have not made their first Reconciliation, will need to make an appointment with the Sacramental Office before the end of July, to discuss options for 2018/2019. 
  • First Holy Communion 2018 enrolments for children in Year 3 and above, who have made their First Reconciliation, will take place 23/24 June and 30 June/1 July. Enrolment forms will be distributed early next month.

Yours sincerely,

Fr Jaroslaw Zan (Parish Priest)

Helena Mertin (Sacrament Coordinator)  

 

Enquiries: Helena 9725 4317 (Tuesday or Friday).

Correct as of 21st June, 2018.