Thank you for your interest in celebrating the Sacraments at one of our Parishes.
The Sacraments are a wonderful gift to us from God inviting us into deeper intimacy with Him. So that children can gain the full benefit of the experience, the preparation is vitally important. Unlike Baptism and Confirmation, Reconciliation is a sacrament that can be received as often as one wants, and it strengthens us with grace each time it is received. Students need to be Catholic and in year two or above to make their First Reconciliation.
In our Parishes, we have the Sacraments of both Reconciliation and Holy Communion when the child is in year three. They are still held as two separate sacraments and are arranged approximately three months apart. When you register your child for Reconciliation we will assume you are also participating in Holy Communion unless you advise otherwise.
First Reconciliation Preparation
Our preparation consists of four sessions which are attended by the enrolled student and a parent. Preparation is considered an essential requirement to receive the Sacrament, as is attendance at Sunday Mass. Our preparation is structured as a 60 minute session, that is accompanied by handouts, activities and homework (just a little!).
First Reconciliation Registrations for 2023 are now CLOSED as the program has concluded. If your child only needs to receive the Sacrament of First Communion please check the dates on Holy Communion page.
First Reconciliation is a private discussion between the Priest and the student.
This will done at St Patrick’s Church, Summer Hill on Saturday 1st April from 4:00pm-5:30pm
Preparation Dates 2023
Info Night on Wednesday 1st March 6:30pm-7:00pm at St Pactrick’s Parish Hall, Summer Hill
Sunday 5th March 11:45am-12:45pm at St Thomas Parish Hall, Lewisham
Saturday 11th March 4:30pm-5:30pm at St Pactrick’s Parish Hall, Summer Hill
Sunday 19th March 11:45am-12:45pm at St Thomas Parish Hall, Lewisham
Saturday 25th March 4:30pm-5:30pm at St Pactrick’s Parish Hall, Summer Hill
The cost per child is $50 which covers both First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We ask for payment via EFT and Parish bank details will be sent to all parents in advance. Please note that no child will ever be denied the opportunity to receive the Sacraments due to financial limitations. Families in difficult financial circumstances should contact the parish office to discuss their situation confidentially.
How to Register your child
A copy of the child’s Baptism certificate is required as well as the permission of both parents. Please complete the attached registration form to enroll your child to receive First Reconciliation.