Parishes of Sydney Harbour North:

Sacrament of First Reconciliation 2019

  The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is celebrated in Term 4.  Children in Year 3 or above who have been baptised or received in the Catholic Church can participate in this program. If your child has NOT been baptised or received into the Catholic Church, and you want them to receive the sacraments, please contact the Sacramental Coordinator at the Parish Office ASAP as a Baptism program is offered in the October school holidays.

There are three large group sessions which every child attends with a parent/guardian. Preparation also includes the Family Night, weekly Mass attendance and a Retreat Day.  All parents understand that all elements of the program are compulsory.

Stage 1 of the enrolment is done online through a link on the home page of the Parish website.  Enrolments open on 1 September and close on 16 September.  Allocations to a 1stReconciliation ceremony are done on the basis of completed enrolments (first in first serve). 

Stage 2 of the enrolment (deadline 20 October) is completed bymaking the $75 financial contribution OR emailing the Parish Office to request exemption AND providing a copy of the candidate’s baptismal certificate (unless child was baptised/received in one of the four Parishes of Sydney Harbour North).

The program is parish-based and family centred with the following elements:

1. FAMILY NIGHT: 6.30pm Wednesday 16 October at Sacred Heart CHURCH, Cardinal St, Mosman.

Please note that the child AND only ONE parent are to attend. This ‘Family evening’ replaces the traditional ‘parent evening.’ The Family evening will provide information to children and parents about the program as children and parents will go on this faith journey together which is why it is expected that both candidates and one parent attend. A photo of the children as a group will be taken on the night for our parish photoboard so it is essential that children are present on the night.

2. COMMITMENT MASS: All 8 Sunday (and Saturday Vigil) Masses on the weekend of 19/20 October:

The candidates and their parents are welcomed by the whole community, invited to show their commitment to the preparation program and are given a blessing.

3. THREE LARGE GROUP SESSIONS: as there are only 3 sessions children will also work through the Activity book at home with their parents to reaffirm the lesson content.

Lesson 1: Tues 22nd October Parish Hall choose either 5pm OR 6.30pm (Catch-up on 30th October 3.45pm).

Lesson 2: Wed 30th October Parish Hall choose either 5pm OR 6.30pm (Catch-up on 5th Nov 3.45pm).

Lesson 3: Tues 5th November Parish Hall choose either 5pm OR 6.30pm (Catch-up on 6th Nov 3.45pm).

4.RETREAT DAY including Ceremony Practice: Tuesday 12th November, 8.45am-2.45pmat Sacred Heart Church and Sacred Heart Primary School: Candidates all come together to spend a day in reflection.

Parents are responsible for ensuring appropriate medications, epipens and medical action plans are sent with their child on the day and handed in to the Sacramental Co-ordinator.

5. RECONCILIATION CEREMONY: You will be allocated one of the following:

Tuesday November 19 at 5pm BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH.

Tuesday November 19 at 7pm BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH.

Wednesday November 20 at 5pm BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH.

Wednesday November 20 at 7pm BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH

Kind regards,

Thomas Dabbah,