PARISH SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
So, you’re wondering about the sacrament programme ….
ENROLMENT NIGHT – Enrolments for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation in 2021 will be taken early February. Further details will be advised in our Weekly Bulletin. You must attend this evening to enrol your children for either of these sacraments they will be celebrating during the year.
At Our Lady of Victories Parish Community we have a parish-based sacrament programme.
This programme assists parents in the preparation of their children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist. The programme is appropriate to your child’s age and level of education. It is presumed that the child’s knowledge of the sacraments will be built upon by further instruction, example at home and at school, and regular attendance at Mass. This will enable both faith and understanding to grow.
What’s it like?….
… a positive experience … a chance to grow … a gentle approach …
lots of time for parents to share with their children … a time for parents to renew their own understanding… a real quality time ….
You must take the responsibility to find out what you need to know.
The details that you are most likely to see will include times for the Parent Meeting for the particular Sacrament that you are interested in.
Who can enrol in the programmes?
RECONCILIATION candidates must be in Year 3 or older and be a member of Our Lady of Victories Parish Horsley Park and Kemps Creek.
CONFIRMATION candidates must be in Year 6 or older and be a member of Our Lady of Victories Parish Horsley Park and Kemps Creek.
FIRST EUCHARIST candidates must be in Year 3 or older and be a member of Our Lady of Victories Parish Horsley Park and Kemps Creek.
OK – so, how’s it organised?
In 2021 the Sacraments will be celebrated as follows:
RECONCILIATION – will be celebrated in Term 1
CONFIRMATION – will be celebrated in Term 4
FIRST EUCHARIST – will be celebrated in Term 2
Please note that the above dates may be subject to change.
The format for each Sacrament is as follows:
Parent information meetings are held in the church. During this parents-only evening, input will be given on the particular Sacrament, plus details of the programme and information related to the celebration of the Sacrament. Strictly No Children.
At the Parent Information Evening you are expected to choose a group and time that suits you and the child to attend for the 4 weeks of the programme at the same time and the same venue.
At the Parent Information Evening for the Eucharist programme, you will also choose the date and Mass time that your child will participate in the Eucharist for the first time.
ALL CANDIDATES are expected to attend one of the Commitment Masses:
Saturday Vigil Mass, Sunday morning Masses or evening Mass at Horsley Park.
During the Mass, children and their parents will be invited forward as a group, to promise that they will prepare for the sacrament to the best of their ability, by attending all sessions and doing the required activities. The parish community will also be invited to promise their prayerful support throughout the programme.
WEEKLY GROUP SESSIONS
Each group is facilitated by one of the group leaders who give generously of their time to assist parents in the process of sacrament preparation. This approach supports the parents but is not intended to take over their full responsibility.
Children and parents participate in these small groups outside school hours.
Each group session lasts about one hour (we suggest you allow yourself ninety minutes).