Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist
At Baptism your child entered into a relationship with Jesus and with the community of those who believe in Jesus. He or she has become a brother or sister of Jesus and a child of God.
This begins a new way of life which is able to recognise God in daily life and in the natural surrounds in which we live. It gives us a new understanding and appreciation of human life. Our life is see within the context of the life of God.
The time has now come to formally deepen the relationship through the reception of other sacraments.
Bishop David Walker
Diocese of Broken Bay.
Each programme of Sacramental preparation uses a three part process, including:
- Parent/child sessions (using a Session Booklet)
- Suggested Sunday rituals (Session Booklet)
- Home activities and rituals. (Homepages)
There are four weekly sessions for each Sacrament, held in small groups in family homes and usually led by a parent group leader. Easy to follow session notes are
Parents and children are expected to participate in the sessions and there will also be involvement in the Parish Masses during the weeks of preparation.
Sessions are based on a model of liturgical catechesis, and centred on word, symbol and ritual. Session titles, sub-titles and picture symbols help focus each session on both the liturgical life of the Church and the daily lives of the children themselves. Materials are focussed at a level that children of that age will understand and should foster participation.
Welcome and centering.
THE STORY OF GOD IN MY LIFE (Life Experience)
THE STORY OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE (Scripture)
THE STORY OF GOD IN THE CHURCH (Church Tradition)
Blessing and dismissal.
"EXTRAS" IN SESSIONS BOOKLET
REFLECTIONS FOR PARENTS AND GROUP LEADERS.
o One introductory reflection and one for each of the four themes. Reflections
are repeated in Parents' Booklet.
SETTING UP A SACRED SPACE.
o For Group Leaders: Sacred space gives us a focus; On holy ground;
Aboriginal spirituality; Setting up a sacred space.
THE STORY OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE.
o For Group Leaders: Managing the session; key words; questions; short
conversation; speaking clearly and maintaining eye contact.
o For Group Leaders: Suggestions given to enhance group sessions (songs
composed especially for children) or for use in parish liturgies (suitable for all
ages for community worship).
GROUP LEADERS' KITS.
o Everything a leader will need for the smooth running of the Group.
HOME PAGES CONTENTS
• Something For You To Do
• Something For You To Read
• Something To Think About
• Something To Remember:
• My Prayer:
PARENTS' BOOKLET CONTENTS
• Introductory Reflection
• The Four Symbols
• Suggested Rituals for Sunday Mass
• Suggested Rituals for home
• Session One Reflection
• Session Two Reflection
• Session Three Reflection
• Session Four Reflection
• And in the Confirmation Booklet: Information For Confirmation
See also the calendar for the year, the Parish Events Calendar or click the following link to contact the Sacramental Coordinator.