2021 & 2022 Sacramental Dates

2021 & 2022 Sacramental Dates

Our Parish Sacramental Program is all about creating opportunities for our young parishioners to encounter Jesus and His Holy Spirit through the sacraments; to find their home in the Catholic Church; and to thrive in faith and to joyfully live out their call as missionary disciples of Jesus!

The purpose of our Parish Sacramental Program isn’t about fulfilling ‘requirements’ for enrolment in a Catholic school, or just fulfilling a ‘rite of passage’ etc.

So, faithful to our parish purpose and OUR VISION - while at the same time being mindful that families in our exponentially growing parish are busier than ever – in recent years we have implemented a new process for sacramental preparation in our parish.

There are 4 foundations to this new process:

1) Rather than weekly ‘discipleship groups’ that candidates (accompanied by an adult family member) have in the past been required to attend over a 4–5 week period, families are now sent, via email each week over a 4-5 week period, a link to a YouTube ‘discipleship group’ workshop that they can watch whenever it is suitable to them.

Families are asked to find a time/day each week (that suits their schedule) when the candidate can sit down with an adult family member to watch/listen to the YouTube that will lead them through the workshop (directing them to different pages or activities in their workbook) and to then complete a reflection sheet (based on what has been shared/learnt in the YouTube) that the candidate will be required to complete.

2) Rather than the focus on weekly ‘workshops’ we want to reclaim the weekend celebration of the Mass as the heart of the preparation program for all the sacraments. All those presenting children for the sacraments are asked to see attendance and participation at Mass a priority, every weekend, whether it is specified in the sacramental program or not. (During the weeks of the program some candidates will also be involved in weekend Mass parish ministries)

3) Responding to feedback from families involved in our previous Sacramental Programs, we have changed the order of when Sacraments of Initiation are celebrated in our parish. Now 1st Reconciliation will be prepared for in Term 1, 1st Holy Communion in Term 2 and Confirmation in Term 3.

4) While catechists, parish clergy, teachers and members of the parish sacramental team will support our parish sacramental programs, parents and families will be reminded throughout the program that they are the most important “teachers” for their children preparing for these sacraments.

Enrolments for our 2021 Sacramental Program are now closed

Before the end of the 2021 school year the dates for our 2022 parish celebrations of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion (Eucharist) and Confirmation will be announced via our parish e-newsletter THE OVERVIEW, our parish Facebook, through ‘end of Mass notices’ at weekend Masses and on our parish website.

PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS

It is essential, if you want your child/ren to receive any of the sacraments of initiation, 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.

Before the end of the 2021 school year the dates/times for our 2022 Parent Information Sessions for First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion (Eucharist) and Confirmation will be announced via our parish e-newsletter THE OVERVIEW, our parish Facebook, through ‘end of Mass notices’ at weekend Masses, and on the parish website.

If a candidate was not baptised at St Mary MacKillop Parish, a copy of their baptism certificate must be brough to the Parent Information Session.

ONLINE ENROLMENT FORMS

To follow covid19 protocols rather than ‘paper forms’, online Enrolment forms for the 2021 Sacraments are available here:

 

1st Reconciliation

Online Enrolment form available from Sunday 30th January 2021

Enrolments Closed

The online enrolment forms must be submitted no later than 12noon on Sunday 14th February 2021

1st Holy Communion

Online Enrolment form available from Sunday 28th March 2021

Enrolments Closed

The online enrolment forms must be submitted no later than 5:30pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021

Confirmation

Online Enrolment form available from Friday 25th June 2021

Enrolments Closed

The online enrolment forms must be submitted no later than 12noon on Sunday 11th July 2021

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