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.

 

2019 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 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, 10th/11th and 17th/18th 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. First Holy Communion will be celebrated during the Feast of Corpus Christi – 22/23 June 2019

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

FHC & First Reco Enrolment Letter 2019

 

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

  • Sunday 8th September 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, 18th/19th May or 25th/26th May 2019. Enrolment forms will be available from the Parish Office, at the Church entrances,  or can be downloaded from the links below on Friday 3rd May 2019.

Confirmation is the Sacrament by which your child(ren) receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit gives them the increased ability to practice their Catholic faith in every aspect of their lives and to witness Christ in every situation. 

In light if this, the Sacramental Program’s preparation of candidates strongly encourages them to attend Mass alongside their classes. For this reason, class times have been scheduled either before or after one of the weekend Mass times in our parish, so as to allow candidates and their families the opportunity to attend Mass as part of their preparation for receiving the Holy Spirit.

 

Important Dates:

Confirmation Enrolment Weekends: 18th/19th May and 25th/26th May 2019.

Parent Only Information Evening: Wednesday 24th July at 7:30 pm in the Montefano Hall.

Parent’s Only Workshop: Tuesday 13th August at 7:30 pm in the Montefano Hall. 

Small group sessions: To take place at set times on a Saturday/Sunday before or after Mass. Dates include – 27/28 July, 3/4 August, 10/11 August and 17/18 August. 

Reconciliation small group sessions: To be advised.

Confirmation Retreat: Friday 6th September from 9 am to 3 pm. Bishop Tony Randazzo will be visiting with the candidates during the day. 

Rehearsals: Ceremony 1 – Monday 2nd September at 7 pm & Ceremony 2 – Thursday 5th September at 7 pm. 

Confirmation Ceremonies: Sunday, 8th September at 2 pm (Ceremony 1) & 4 pm (Ceremony 2) in St Benedict’s Shrine Church, Smithfield. Ceremonies will be assigned to Candidates and cannot be changed.

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

C19 – enrolment form & letter

 

Enquiries: Helena 9725 4317 (Tuesday or Wednesday).

Correct as of 20th May 2019.