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2018 Sacramental Dates

2018 Sacramental Dates

As so many people are already preparing their 2018 diaries, we have once again decided to publish—before the end of the school year—the dates for our parish celebrations of Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion (Eucharist) in 2018.

We ask that you take note of the dates and include them now in your diaries. As these 2018 dates are being sent out now, we hope that families will be able to work their other commitments around the dates and make the celebration of these sacraments and the sacramental preparation lessons a priority.

The parish’s weekly celebration of the Mass is at the heart of the preparation program for all the sacraments. While particular weekends are set down in the information pack as weekends where candidates will be asked to return homework sheets and other projects, it is my hope that all those presenting children for the sacraments in 2018 will see attendance and participation at Mass a priority, every weekend, whether it is specified in the sacramental program or not.

While catechists, teachers and members of the parish sacramental team will—once again in 2018—support our parish sacramental programs, the most important “teachers” for the children preparing for these sacraments will be you—their parents and families.

The 2018 dates for these sacraments are to be found in the information pack. It is essential, if you want your child/ren to receive any of these sacraments that you attend the parent information night for the relevant sacrament. In our parish, baptised children in Year 3 and above, can make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, and children in Year 6 and above, who have made their First Holy Communion, can receive Confirmation.

Parent Information Nights

Confirmation 2018 7:00pm–8:30pm, Wednesday 15 November 2017 Southern Mass Centre, 94 Oran Park Drive, Oran Park
First Reconciliation 2018 7:00pm–8:30pm, Wednesday 2 May 2018 Southern Mass Centre, 94 Oran Park Drive, Oran Park
First Holy Communion 2018 7:00pm–8:30pm, Wednesday 25 July 2018 Southern Mass Centre, 94 Oran Park Drive, Oran Park

We will be introducing a number of new components to our parish sacramental programs, this includes changes to the venue for our 2018 Confirmation Ceremonies, and the days/times for our 2018 First Holy Communion Masses. These venue and day/time changes have been made in the light of the limited space we have in our Oran Park Mass Centre.
We have also added additional weekends when candidates are required as part of the preparation program to attend a weekend parish Mass. We have also extended the Confirmation and First Reconciliation preparation programs from four workshops to five workshops.

Please note, we will be holding an information night on Wednesday 9 May 2018, prior to the start of the First Reconciliation preparation program, for families who wish their child/ren to make their First Reconciliation and/or First Holy Communion BUT whose children are not baptised or have been baptised in a Christian church other than Catholic. This information session is in addition to the parent information nights for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

For more information on our 2018 sacramental program contact oranparksacraments@dow.org.au

Click to download the information pack.