The Sacraments are a wonderful gift to us from God inviting us into deeper intimacy with Him. So that children can gain the full benefit of the experience, the preparation is vitally important. Unlike Baptism and Confirmation, Reconciliation is a sacrament that can be received as often as one wants, and it strengthens us with grace each time it is received. Candidates need to be Catholic and in year two or above to make their First Reconciliation.
First Reconciliation Preparation Program
Children who attend OLR Primary School will be prepared for their First Reconciliation by their school. They can obtain information about their program from their school.
All other candidates not attending OLR Primary School will participate in a program that will be conducted by OLR Parish and coordinated by Yovanka. The information that follows is for candidates not attending OLR Primary School.
The preparation will consist of four sessions to be attended by the enrolled candidates and a parent.
The program uses the Gratia Series and parent participation is an essential part of the preparation. If for any reason a child or parent is unable to attend a particular session, please let Sarina know ahead of time so that alternate arrangements can be made. It’s essential that the candidates attend and complete the preparation prior to receiving the sacrament. Sunday Mass attendance is an important part of the program and is integrated into each session.
First Reconciliation Ceremony
The First Reconciliation Ceremony includes a family Mass followed by individual Reconciliation for the enrolled candidates. This Mass is a special celebration for the candidates and their families to share in. All are welcome.
Children are not required to buy special outfits for the Sacrament, however they are required to dress appropriately. A general guide is how they would dress to attend a special occasion. Boys should wear long trousers and a shirt with a collar, no jeans, cargo pants or joggers. Girls should wear a dress, knee length or longer, and no midriffs or bare shoulders.
A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required as well as the permission of both parents. Please enrol using the form below, or if you prefer, visit the parish office where your details will be entered for you. Please note, students at OLR Primary School may enrol and pay through the School office.
The cost per child is $15 per candidate and is payable at the time of enrolment either to the Parish house during office hours, or at the parent Information session. No child will ever be denied the opportunity to receive the Sacraments due to financial limitations. Families in difficult financial circumstances should contact the parish office to discuss their situation confidentially.
First Reconciliation Parent Session:
Wednesday 15th August at 6.30pm in the Parish Hall, Kensington Road, Kensington
First Reconciliation Ceremony:
2M Wednesday 19th September 2018 at 7.00pm
2B Thursday 20th September 2018 at 7.00pm
Sunday 10.45am – 11.15am for the 4 – 5 Sundays prior to the Ceremony. Dates TBC>