Registrations for Penance and First Holy Communion
is now open!
(Registrations close on 2 February 2024)
Sacramental Program – General Information
Each year, our Programs for the Sacraments are offered,
First Penance/Reconciliation in Term 1;
First Holy Communion in Term 2; and
Confirmation in Term 3 (subject to dates from the Diocese).
Our Programs take place through a Parish based and family centred process.
That means that it is you (as the primary teacher of your child) that does the preparation with your child. Assistance is given through the facilitation of the content for the program during the sessions. It is essential the content is then revised, discussed and all homework (if any) is completed each week.
For your child to receive the Sacraments, your commitment to ensuring attendance in all sessions and applicable rehearsals is compulsory.
Your support of your child progressing on their faith journey is the most beautiful gift you can give to them!
Through making the sacraments, your child will be receiving something God has instituted Himself – His Grace is something more indelible and important than anything we can ever receive from anyone else here on earth or experience in life and, when received with the right heart and mind, following the proper preparation, will be with them for the rest of their lives.
Further, each of us are reminded of our obligation as a Catholic, or parent raising a Catholic child, to attend Mass each Sunday as Jesus Himself told us to ‘Do this in Memory of Me’.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Parish Office.
for First Penance/Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
If you would like your child to progress on their faith journey, this program is for any child who has been baptised,
reside within our Parish boundaries and is entering into Grade 3 or above.
If you are unsure your child is ready, please see the section below on “How do I know if my child is ready?”.
You are welcome to also contact the Parish Office if you wish to discuss further.
The schedule for the 2024 Sacramental Programs for Penance/Reconciliation
and First Holy Communion are below (please note it is compulsory that your
child receives First Penance/Reconciliation prior to receiving First
To register for the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation in Term 1 and Sacrament of First Holy Communion in Term 2 for 2024, please click on the
link below to access the online registration form:
Registrations will close on 2nd February 2024.
What you will need to provide
A copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate will be required to
be provided to the Parish Office no later than 8th February 2024.
(This is a requirement whether or not your child was baptised in this
Parish – in the event you cannot locate your child’s baptism certificate,
kindly contact the parish where they were baptised and request for a
copy/extract of their baptism certificate to be forwarded to our Parish Office.)
Once registered into the Program for the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation,
your child will then automatically be registered in the Program for the
Sacrament of First Holy Communion unless your child does not complete the
Penance/Reconciliation Program or you specify otherwise.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Our Confirmation Program is for any child who has been Baptised and made their First Holy Communion, reside within our Parish boundaries and is in Grade 6 or above.
The dates for Confirmation in 2024 are proposed to be in Term 3 and will be released upon advice being received from
the Diocese as to the availability of the Bishop or His Delegate. This website will be updated once the information is made available.
How do I know if my child is ready?
The recommended age for a child who has been baptised as infants to receive their Sacraments of
Penance and First Holy Communion is considered when a child reaches the age of
reason (or capable of acting responsibly) which is around the age of 7 years. However,
some children may not be ready at the age of 7 years and that is perfectly ok.
Receiving a Sacrament, whilst most important to a child’s faith journey, is something to be
done at a time when a child is capable of also understanding and able to prepare for what it is that he or she
is receiving. Only a parent can make that determination on behalf of their child.
Some questions you may ask yourself when making this consideration are:
What does my child know about God?
Does my child know how to pray?
Does my child know the differences between RIGHT and WRONG?
Can my child accept that they make mistakes?
Can my child admit that they sometimes do what is wrong?
Is my child able to say “sorry” when it is appropriate?
It is important that as parents you make a decision yourself and not be swayed by the fact that the child is now
in a particular class e.g. Year Three. There is no right class that marks the right time for the first reception of the
Sacrament of Penance, for the reception of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion or the Sacrament of Confirmation.