Central to our faith and therefore to our Religious Education program are the sacraments of the Catholic Church. We focus on three of the Sacraments during primary school.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance)
Learners are prepared while in Year 3 to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Year 4. They are given the opportunity of celebrating this for the first time at school on an individual basis with our Parish Priest within the Second Rite celebration of the Sacrament during Lent.
Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time
Learners in Year 4 are prepared to celebrate the sacrament of Eucharist for the first time. The parish community and the learners’ families and friends are invited to celebrate together as the learners receive the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time.
Before the celebration of the sacrament, learners are invited to present themselves to the parish community at weekend Mass and invite the community to pray for them.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Year 6 learners are prepared for the sacrament of Confirmation. The local Bishop is the principal Celebrant, along with the Parish Priest, who seal the learners with the Holy Spirit. The parish community is invited to pray for the candidates when they present themselves at weekend Masses before the Sacramental celebration.
In working with our learners, we are conscious that the ultimate responsibility for any child’s faith development and involvement in sacramental life rests with parents. We see our role as one of working in partnership with the family and the parish community to support the growth and development of the child.
Each year we conduct family workshops to help make the time of preparation a significant time for the whole family. All families, regardless of religion, involved are required to attend these workshops.