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 for this sacrament in 2013 will begin in Term 2 with the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation to be held in the later part of Term 2 or early in Term 3. Preparation time is approximately 9 weeks. Information evenings, family and parish based activities and workshops for the children are all part of this programme. The cost is $20 per 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. In 2013 these programmes will be undertaken in Terms 3 and 4 with the anticipated celebration date for Confirmation at this stage being Saturday November 9th at 2pm (TBC) followed by First Eucharist at 6pm on the same day. Preparation time is approximately 15 weeks. Information nights, family and parish based activities and workshops for the children are all part of this programme. The cost is $30 per programme.

If you are interested in any of these programmes being offered in 2013 to support families in sacramental preparation please email  elenamoffa@bigpond.com and an enrolment form will be sent to you.