Due to Covid-19, preparation for and celebration of First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation for children, has been postponed until the pandemic is over. (Source: “Directions for the Archdiocese of Sydney from 18 March 2020 until further notice”).

 

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.

 

2020 Sacrament Dates 

FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

IMPORTANT: The preparation for and celebration of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion has been suspended until further notice.
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 on 2nd/3rd or 9th/10th  November 2019.

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.

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

R20 & E20 Enrolment Information 2020

 

Important Dates:

Parent Information evening: Tuesday 25th February 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Montefano Hall (children are not required to attend).

Reconciliation small group sessions start: from Friday 28th February 2020

Parent Workshop: Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 7:30 pm in the Montefano Hall

First Holy Communion classes start: from Friday 1st May 2020

First Reconciliation Rehearsal & DVD: Thursday 4th June 2020 at 7 pm in St Benedict’s Shrine.

Reception of First Reconciliation: Tuesday 9th June 2020 at 6:45 pm sharp.

Rehearsal for Ceremony 1: Thursday 11th June at 7 pm in St Benedict’s Shrine.

Rehearsal for Ceremony 2: Friday 12th June at 7 pm in St Benedict’s Shrine.

First Holy Communion Masses: Saturday 13th June at 6 pm (Ceremony 1) and Sunday 14th June at 10:30 am (Ceremony 2). 

 

CONFIRMATION

Children in Year 6 and above, 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 to 100 people, we will be accepting enrolments for Confirmation in the following ways:

  • Via email: sacraments@stgertrude.org.au. Please scan or take a photo of the Enrolment form and Baptism certificate. Enrolments due by 29/03/20.
  • In person, by appointment only, on Wednesday 01/04/20 from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Please call 9725 4317 or email the Sacrament office to arrange a time to drop off the form on this day. If no appointments are made, the Sacramental office will be closed on this day.

Please note: Due to all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the Confirmation Programme may not follow the same timeframe as previously advised.

To assist planning, we felt it was still important to accept enrolments. Families will be notified via email with an update regarding the Confirmation programme in July 2020.

 

Click on the link to download an enrolment form:

 

Enquiries: sacraments@stgertrude.org.au

Helena 9725 4317 (Tuesday or Wednesday).

Information correct as of 19th March 2020.