first reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament in which the priest, as the agent of God, forgives sins committed after Baptism. Preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance) for the first time is an exciting time. The sacrament of Reconciliation gives us the right to whatever actual graces we may need, and as we need them,

in order that we may make atonement for our past sins and may conquer our future temptations.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation must be received before the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is received.

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

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

First Step:  Registration Process

Please complete the below 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).

Fees – First Reconciliation: $25.00

The fee, which will assist in covering the cost of materials is payable on registration. 

Forms need to be handed into the office before 24 September 2021.

Second Step: The preparation process

This includes weekly attendance at classes. A parent or guardian must accompany their child during the classes.

Attend sessions from 16 October to 6 November 2021, commencing at 4.00 pm followed by Mass at 6pm.

Ceremony:

Ceremony will take place in the Parish Church on the 6th of November 2021 at 11 am.

For more information, contact the Parish Office on (02) 9603-7373.