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 2 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 1 and 2, Reconciliation in Term 3, and First Holy Communion in Term 4. 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 2017 Intensive Preparation for each Sacrament is undertaken over four weeks in weekly one 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. 2017 Sacrament Dates CONFIRMATION The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in our Parish: Sunday 28th May 2017 at 2 pm, St Mary’s Cathedral Children in Year 6 and above, who have made their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, are eligible to enrol for Confirmation. Enrolments will be accepted when parents and children participate in the ceremony of enrolment at the Saturday Vigil or Sunday Masses in the Parish, 25th/26th February or 4/5th March 2017. Enrolment forms are available from the Parish Office, at the Church entrances, or can be downloaded from the links below: C17 Enrolment Form – FINAL C17 Enrolment Letter – FINAL C17 Enrolment Ritual (back of form) – FINAL C17 Privacy Statement – FINAL Important Dates: Parent Information Evening: Thursday 23rd February at 7:30 pm in the Montefano Hall. Confirmation Enrolment Weekends: 25th/26th February and 4th/5th March 2017. Parent’s Only Meeting: Wednesday 26th April 2017 at 7:30 pm. Parent’s Only Workshop Meeting: Wednesday 10th May 2017 at 7:30 pm. Small group sessions: Weeks beginning – 30th April, 7, 14th and 21st May 2017. Confirmation Retreat and Reconciliation: Tuesday 23trd May 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm. Confirmation Ceremonies: Sunday, 28th May 2017 at 2 pm, St Mary’s Cathedral. RECONCILIATION Children in Year 2 and above, who have been baptised, are eligible to enrol for First Reconciliation. Enrolments will be accepted when parents and children participate in the ceremony of enrolment at the Saturday Vigil or Sunday Masses in the parish, 20/21 May, 27/28 May and 3/4 June. Parent’s Only Meeting: Wednesday 19th July 2017, 7:30 pm Parent’s Only Workshop Meeting: Wednesday 2nd August, 7:30 pm Small group sessions: Start week beginning 23rd July Rehearsal: Tuesday 22nd August 2017, 7 pm Ceremony: Tuesday 29th August 2017, 6:45 pm Enrolment forms will be distributed at the Information Evening on Wednesday 17th May 2017. FIRST COMMUNION Children in Year 3 and above who have made their First Reconciliation, are eligible to enrol for First Eucharist. Enrolments will be accepted when parents and children participate in the ceremony of enrolment at the Saturday Vigil or Sunday Masses in the parish, 29/30 July and 5/6 August 2017. Enrolment forms will be handed out at the Parent Information Meeting on Wednesday 26th July 2017. Parent’s Only Meeting: Wednesday 11th October, 7:30 pm Parent’s Only Workshop Meeting: Wednesday 25th October, 7:30 pm. Small group sessions: Begin week beginning 15th October. Ceremonies: Saturday 25th November and Sunday 26th November 2017. E17 Enrolment Form 2017 E17 Enrolment Letter 2017 E17 Enrolment Ritual (back of form) E17 PRIVACY STATEMENT Enquiries: Helena 9725 4317 (Tuesday or Friday). Correct as of 7th March, 2017.