Confirmation is the second of the Sacraments of Initiation. It is closely related to Baptism and leads to the Eucharist which expresses full belonging to the Church, the body of Christ. Hence it is called a sacrament of initiation. Confirmation is a sacrament of empowerment. It gives the strength to follow Jesus and to become involved in the mission which Jesus left to the Church. For more information, contact the Parish Office on (02) 9603-7373.
The Registration Process
Please complete the registration form if you wish your child to prepare for the sacraments in 2021. This form needs to be handed into the parish office together with copies of your child’s Baptism certificate(for all sacraments) and First Holy Communion Certificate (for Confirmation).Attend the Parent’s Information Evening: date to be confirmed.
The Role of Families
Parents & Guardians are the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith, particularly by the witness of their lives. Parents are also the best teachers of their children and they are the ones who shape the attitudes and values of their children and their involvement in sacramental preparation can never be replaced (cf; the Rite of Baptism for Children).
At Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish, we are here to assist you as you do your best as Christian parents. The keyword is “assist”, we are not taking over your responsibility as parents.
As such, it is compulsory that at least one parent/ guardian accompany their child to each of the sessions of the sacramental preparation process.
The Role of Parish
A Christian family lives within a wider parish community, which also has a responsibility to share and nurture the faith within the family. Part of our responsibility is to assist families who are involved in the sacramental preparation process. The parish is responsible for coordinating sacramental preparation and providing faith education for both adults and children
Who is eligible to receive the Sacraments?
As first teachers in faith you as parents are in the best place to judge when your child is ready to participate in the sacramental life of the parish community. The following however may be a useful guide to assist you in this respect:
First Reconciliation: Year 3 & above
First Holy Communion: Year 4 & above
Confirmation: Year 6 & above
Attend sessions as per the schedule
Confirmation Registration is due at the Parish Office
Sessions: 5 x Saturday sessions starting on 25 July 2020 at 4 pm followed by Mass at 6 pm
Retreat Day: Friday 28 August 9am – 3pm
Sunday 30 August at 10 am. Rite of Acceptance Ceremony: This is a simple ceremony occurring at each Saturday evening Mass following the preparation sessions.It is a very meaningful way of allowing the whole community to join with you and your children as they prepare to receive a Sacrament.
The Retreat Day is a very special day when the children can prepare themselves away from normal distractions. Fees – The fee, which will assist in covering the cost of materials and the retreat day, is payable on registration.Confirmation: $20.00 plus $25 for Retreat Day