Sacrament Celebrations

The Mater Christi Parish , pastoral associate is Elena Moffa.
Elena is trained to prepare children and adults for their sacramental celebrations.

The aims of the Sacramental Program at Mater Christi Parish
- Initiate children into a way of living in communion with
  God and with others and not simply prepare them for isolated acts
  or occasional celebrations that are incidental
  to their lives.

- Help parents and children discover or rediscover the wonderful gift's of
  God's loving presence in their own hearts and in their daily lives,
  for it is there that God is found.

- Awaken or reawaken in them a taste for prayer, the joy of relating to
  God in hope each day, and a sense of human solidarity
   in the midst of joys and difficulties of life.

- Help parents in their role of first spiritual guides of their child. Faith is a life,
  transmitted day by day by those who have not only provided
  physical life but also a whole range of spiritual values and atitudes.


SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
This programme is offered primarily to children in Year 3 who have been baptised Catholic.
Usually children around this age have the capacity to determine right from wrong and, more importantly, understand the need to forgive and be forgiven. Prior to this age, in most cases, children may not have developed the capability for this discernment. Preparation time is approximately 9 weeks. Information evenings, family and parish based activities and workshops for the children are all part of this programme.

SACRAMENTS OF CONFIRMATION  AND EUCHARIST 
These programmes are offered for children who have already celebrated their First Reconciliation. Children celebrate Confirmation first, followed by their First Eucharist shortly after, initiating them fully into the Catholic Church. Preparation time is approximately 15 weeks. Information nights, family and parish based activities and workshops for the children are all part of this programme.

If you are interested in any of these programmes being offered in sacramental preparation please email  elenamoffa@bigpond.com and an enrolment form will be sent to you.

SACRAMENT DATES 2019
Confirmation & First Eucharist (children) Children Sacramental Gatherings are held
Every Wednesday 6.30pm-7.30pm in the Community Centre .
From Wednesday June 26To Wednesday, August 28 (6.30pm-7.30pm) EXCLUDING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

LITURGY OF THE WORD WITH CHILDREN are held
Every 1st Sunday at 6pm in Church

Dates in Term 2
1—Wednesday 26th June (All Children)
2—Wednesday 3rd July (All Children)

NO SESSIONS DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Dates in Term 3
3—Wednesday 24th July (All Children)
4—Wednesday 31st July (All Children)
5—Wednesday 7th August (All Children)

Saturday 10th August @ 6pm in Church Presentation Mass
All Children, parents and sponsors of the children preparing to celebrate Confirmation and First Eucharist are invited to join us for Mass at 6pm. All the children will be formally presented to the parish community.

6—Wednesday 14th August (All Children)
7—Wednesday 21st August (All Children)

Reconciliation (All children celebrating Confirmation &1st Communion)
Saturday 17th or 24th August between 8.30am to 9.30am.

All the children will need to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation AGAIN
(the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a Sacrament that is celebrated at least once a year and definitely before the celebration of another Sacrament).
Celebration Practice in Church

Wednesday 28th August @ 6.30 for children, sponsors and parents

Celebration: CONFIRMATION & FIRST EUCHARIST Saturday 31st August at6pm

SAVE THE DATE!!! CATECHIST FORMATION COURSE
Saturday 29th JUNE 9.30 am—1 pm in the Community Centre