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.

 

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES 2020 & 2021 COHORTS

Enrolled children from our 2020 and 2021 cohorts who were part of the Zoom preparation lessons in August 2021 and had their ceremonies delayed due to Government stay-at-home public health orders; ceremonies have been moved to 2022. The Confirmation ceremony dates have tentatively been booked for the middle of February 2022. As soon as dates are confirmed by the Archdiocese of Sydney (we have been advised we will have this information by the end of November 2021), families will be notified of Ceremony dates for their children via email. We thank you for your understanding regarding this matter. Please note: Ceremony dates may be subject to change beyond our control due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

 

 

2022 Sacrament Dates 

FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME

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.

To enrol your child, please use the link below to complete the Online Enrolment Form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScPGbh-kaPoA4hVHJzp1GUoTS3fUV65pfaA9jKeeZVMbYbfXg/viewform?usp=sf_link

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 small group sessions start: . Weekends during March/April 2022 (Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning). Take place over 4 consecutive weeks on your assigned day.  Lessons held in the Montefano Hall. Date to be confirmed and may be subject to change.

Parent Information evening for First Holy Communion:  Date to be confirmed     at 7 pm in the Montefano Hall. (Only one adult, per family to attend. Please do not bring children to this meeting).

First Holy Communion classes start: Weekends during May 2022 (Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning). Take place over 4 consecutive weeks on your assigned day. Lessons held in the Montefano Hall. Date to be confirmed and may be subject to change.

First Reconciliation DVD and Rehearsal: Dates to be advised.

Reception of First Reconciliation: Dates to be advised . Held in St Benedict’s Shrine Church.

Rehearsal for Ceremonies: Dates to be advised.  Held in St Benedict’s Shrine Church.

First Holy Communion Masses: 18/19 June 2022 and 11/12 June 2022 if needed.  (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.

 

 

CONFIRMATION 2022

Children in Year 6 and above (in 2022), 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.

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

Click on the link to download an enrolment form:

  • Enrolments currently closed. Enrolments for Confirmation 2022 will take place in May 2022. More information to be provided closer to this date.

Important Dates:

Parent Information Meeting for Confirmation: 2022 dates to be advised.

Confirmation classes: 2022 dates to be advised.

Confirmation Saint Projects – to view click here.

Confirmation Parent Workshop: To be advised.

Confirmation Rehearsals: To be advised.

Confirmation Ceremony: 2022 dates to be advised.

Enquiries: sacraments@stgertrude.org.au (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  November  2021.