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.

 

 

Sacramental Journey


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 the 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 3 & above
Confirmation: Year 6 & above


RCIA: Rite Christian Initiation for Adults
Have you thought about becoming a Catholic, would you like to explore this
question more fully within our community? Then this process may be for you.
It is designed for adults wishing to join the Catholic Faith and for adults who have not completed the sacraments of initiation (Confirmation and/or Eucharist).


RCIC: Rite Christian Initiation for Children
Would you like your school aged child to be baptized and become part of our Catholic community? This process is for children of sacramental age who are not baptized. For more information enquire at the Parish Office 96037373.

 

First Step  Registration Process

 

Please complete the registration form if you wish your child to prepare for the sacraments in 2017. 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).

 

Forms need to be handed into the office prior to commencement of the Sacramental Preparation process.

 

 
Second Step - Attend sessions as per the schedule.
 
 

Confirmation Registration is due by 28th April 2017 at the Parish Office
Sessions: Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May at 4.15pm - 5.45pm
Retreat Day


Thursday 8th June at 9am - 3pm


Practice: Saturday 3rd June at 4.15pm - 5.45pm


Ceremony: Sunday 11th June at 10am Mass

 

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.

  

Retreat Day

 

The Retreat Day is a very special day when the children can prepare themselves away from normal distractions. It will be held at the Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, 247 St Andrews Rd, Varroville. (Please discuss with the Co-ordinator if you have any difficulty with paying this fee).

 

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



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