First Holy Communion
We had to suspend the First Communion program which had started in Lent, as you know. When the restrictions are relaxed the Sacramental Team will be able to work on a way of completing the program and plan celebration of the Holy Communion for the children.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Usually Confirmation program is conducted for children in grade 6, and older. According to the original plan, the Program should have been underway now. But for the obvious reasons it is not. What does it mean to the children in Year 6 this year? Will they miss out? No. There will be an opportunity for all candidates to be Confirmed.
How does it Work?
Our parish was designated to have Confirmation at St Mary’s Cathedral this year in August. But it has to be differed. When will it be then? I cannot answer this question now. Since the bishop is the ordinary celebrant of the Sacrament of Confirmation, we will have to wait for further direction from the Archdiocese of Sydney before we can commence any plans about Confirmation Program. If the bishops find it hard to reschedule Confirmation this year, we may have to wait till next year. The candidates finishing Primary School this year and commencing High School next year is not impediment to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation later. I suggest that you register your interest with the Parish Office now through an email. I prefer you inquire directly to the Parish Office, (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and not through the school. Your email can be titled Sacrament of Confirmation. You will be provided with a proper registration form later to fill out.
First Reconciliation Program
The First Reconciliation program of the Parish is scheduled to start in November. I am hopeful that we will be able to keep this schedule. Parents of First Reconciliation children can also register your interest with the parish. Please send an email to the Parish Office, (email@example.com), not through the school. I shall be in touch with you directly.
While the celebration of faith cannot be done as a community and group activities of preparation are not possible, you may help your children to develop a personal relationship with Jesus and thus help them to strengthen their faith.
Should you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email. I am usually available in the presbytery most times, if anyone want speak to me in person. We may be socially isolated, but we are spiritually together.
God Bless You