Sacramental Program

In keeping with the Archdiocese of Brisbane’s guidelines for the Sacraments of Initiation for Children, the Sacramental Program at Holy Spirit Parish offers is family centred and Parish based.

Holy Spirit Parish coordinates a family-centred Parish-based Sacramental Program for the Sacraments of Confirmation, First Holy Communion and Reconciliation. Essentially, this program is a partnership in which families and the Parish community work together in the preparation and celebration of these Sacraments. Children in this context can learn what it is to be a Catholic.

 

The parish offers a program that combine individual and group preparation. This culminates with a session with the Parish Priest to ensure all candidates are satisfactorily prepared and then a rehearsal before receiving their sacrament.

 

 

Children prepare using a combination of;

  • booklet provided by the parish,
  • group meeting with preparation material that supports their learning and finally
  • catechism class run by the Parish Priest.

  

The enrolment form can be downloaded here.

 This new 3 year program sees children commencing their Sacramental journey, after Baptism, with;

  • 1st Year of the program - Confirmation when they are 8 years old (generally Year 3),
  • 2nd Year of the program - Communion when they are 9 years old (generally Year 4) and
  • 3rd Year of the program - Penance when they are 10 years old (generally Year 5).

Generally preparation for each Sacrament will be undertaken through Term 2 and the begining of Term 3, providing sufficient time to allow the children to prepare.

First Holy Communion

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. Communion is offered daily during Mass.

Eligibility

Any child that has received Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic faith.

Timing

The preparation commences in early September of the second year of the candidates program, with Sacrament being received in mid November.

Penance and Reconciliation

Penance and Reconciliation is one of the Sacraments of Healing. It recognises our sinfulness and celebrates our need to be at peace with God, others and ourselves. It contains three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive. 

Eligibility

Any child that has received Sacrament of Confirmation and First Holt Communion in the Catholic faith.

Timing

Preparation for candidates to receive the Sacrament of Penance occurs from mid February of each year through Lent with the sacrament being received before the Easter period.

    Confirmation

    Confirmation is the second Sacrament of Christian Initiation. It is the sacrament which ‘seals’ or ‘reaffirms’ our baptism before we take the final step in becoming a full member of the Catholic Church and sharing in Holy Communion for the first time. In receiving the sacrament the child commits to the promises made by their parents during baptism and receives the gifts of The Holy Spirit - which enables them to make a mature statement of their faith.

    Eligibility

    Any baptised Catholic child in Grade 3 or above is eligible to enrol and participate in the programme.

    Timing

    The preparation commences in early May of each year with the Sacraments being received in late August.

     

     


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