Celebrating Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time (2024)

Learners in the Middle Learning Community prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time.

Learners in the fifth year of primary schooling across the parish are prepared to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time. If your child is Roman Catholic or of a Rite that is in communion with Rome, they will celebrate the sacraments. More information about this process is explained in the Sacramental Preparation Policy. These are important celebrations in the faith life of your child and our parish. Dates and venues may change depending on circumstances. You will receive confirmed information closer to each event.

Reconciliation

Immersion Sessions

Dates: 13 March, 15 March, 18 March (TBC)

Time: 8:45 – 10:45am

Venue: St James the Apostle School

For: Middle (4) Learning Community members

Celebration of the Sacrament for the first time

Date: Thursday 21 March

Times: 11:45am / 6:30pm

Venue: St James the Apostle Church (336 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing)

For: Middle (4) Learning Community members & families

You will need to choose either the daytime or night time celebration. Details about how to select your time will be provided early in 2024.

Eucharist

Family Faith Workshop

Date: 18 July

Time: 6pm

Venue: Online (Google Meet)

For: Middle (4) Learning Community members & families

All second year learners in the Middle Learning Community, along with at least one adult, are expected to attend.

Immersion Day

Date: TBC

Time: All day

Venue: St James the Apostle School

For: TBC

Presentation Masses

Dates: 27/28 July, 3/4 August

Times: Saturday – 6:00pm; Sunday – 8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm

Venue: St James the Apostle Church (336 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing)

For: Learners celebrating Eucharist for the first time & their families

All learners celebrating Eucharist for the first time are expected to attend one Mass across the two weekends.

Celebration of the Sacrament for the first time

Date: Saturday 7 September

Time: 10:30am

Venue: St James the Apostle Church (336 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing)

For: Middle (4) Learning Community members & families

Reflection Day

Date: TBC

Time: All day

Venue: St James the Apostle School

For: TBC


Dress requirements

All learners are expected to wear their summer (sport) uniform for the celebration of Reconciliation.

The sacrament of Eucharist does not require any special piece of clothing as part of the liturgy. While families might wear a particular type of dress as a tradition, this is not necessary for the celebration of the sacrament.

All members of the congregation are expected to dress neatly and respectfully.

Photography

Professional photography may be available for the celebration of Eucharist.