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Sacramental Programs

The children of St Therese parish are prepared for the reception of the sacraments through a whole-parish program, co-ordinated by the Religious Education Co-ordinator and supported by staff members. The programs occur over four or five weeks prior to the reception of the sacrament, in the school hall in the evenings.

Children come from all schools in the parish and they need to be registered as they arrive on the first evening. Dates are communicated in the parish bulletin and the school newsletter. The children receive instruction in small groups led by parishioners and staff from the school.

Our Parish Priest, Fr Duane Fernandez, provides input and an opportunity for questions for the parents. Each sacrament is preceded by a reflection day at St Therese School, which is attended by all of the parish children and which is organised by the Religious Education Co-ordinator and supported by staff.

The parishioners support the reception of the sacraments through volunteering to be group leaders, preparing the church with flowers and banners and often providing a choir for the occasion.

Reconciliation

Term 2 Weeks 5 to 7

Commitment for the Sacramental Program

2 sessions in the hall from 6 pm to 7 pm for parents

2 Sessions for the students from 6 pm to 7 pm in small groups with leaders

Retreat Day 9-3 pm for students involving them making their First Reconciliation

 Dates

Tuesday 28 May

Tuesday June 4 June

Thursday 13 June Retreat Day and Sacrament of Reconciliation

 

Confirmation

Term 3 Weeks 4 to 7

Commitment for the Sacramental Program

2 sessions in the hall from 6 pm to 7 pm for parents

2 Sessions for the candidates from 6 pm to 7 pm in small groups with leaders

1 church rehearsal mandatory for a parent to attend with the candidate from 6 pm to 7 pm

Retreat Day 9-3 pm for candidates which includes going to Reconciliation

Sacrament of Confirmation Ceremony and Certificate Presentation 7-9 pm

 Dates

Tuesday 13 August

Tuesday 20 August

Tuesday 27 August in the church for rehearsal

Thursday 29 August Retreat Day with Sacrament of Reconciliation

Tuesday 3 September CONFIRMATION

Wednesday 4 September CONFIRMATION

 

Eucharist

Term 4 Weeks 4 to 6

Commitment for the Sacramental Program

2 sessions in the hall from 6 pm to 7 pm for parents

2 Sessions for the candidates from 6 pm to 7 pm in small groups with leaders

1 church rehearsal mandatory for a parent to attend with the candidate from 6 pm to 7 pm

Retreat Day 9-3 pm for candidates which includes going to Reconciliation

First Holy Communion Ceremony and Certificate Presentation 9-10.30 am

OR 11.30-1pm.

 Dates

Tuesday 5 November

Tuesday 12 November

Tuesday 19 November in the church for rehearsal

Thursday 21 November Retreat Day with Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 24 November FIRST COMMUNION CEREMONIES 9 am OR 11:30 am