On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, Jesus showed himself to the apostles. He breathed on them and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven: if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (Jn 20:19,22-23)
The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance or reconciliation. It is also known as one of the Sacraments of Healing, the other being the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
Weekly Reconilition occurs Saturday 4.30pm to 4.55pm.
For any other times, please contact the parish office.
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation
In accordance with Canon law 914, “children who have reached the use of reason are to have made sacramental confession before the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Therefore, catechesis on Reconciliation must precede the catechesis for Holy Communion.” (Preparing Children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, 2011 pg 15) As such, the Holy Innocents’ Parish based program is available to children in Year 2 and above. Baptism is a prerequisite for Reconciliation.
The Parish Based Sacramental Program at Holy Innocents’
Children from a variety of schools come together to learn and celebrate as a united Parish community. We follow the Sydney Archdiocese preparation program. Children and at least one parent must attend three group preparation sessions. In these sessions, the children, with the support of their parents will be given thorough catechesis on the meaning of sacrament. Content is reinforced by the teachers and catechists in our schools. The children must also attend a commitment Mass and a retreat afternoon.
Registration for the Sacrament of Reconciliation 2018 is now open.
Registration is to be completed online. Before enrolling, please ensure you have read and understand the Reconciliation Enrolment letter.
If you do not have a copy of the letter please >>>Click Here<<<
A fee of $50 is required as part of the enrolment process. This is to cover expenses such as the preparation booklets, gifts and certificates. This payment can be made in cash or cheque at the Parent Information Evening, or online through the parish website.
Enrolling in this sacrament is a TWO STAGE process:
Please decide on your method of payment. You may pay by cash or cheque at the Parish information evening on Thursday 26th October, or you pay online right now.
If you are paying by cash or cheque, please proceed to Stage 2 now.
If you are paying online, you must do so BEFORE proceeding to Stage 2.
To pay online, please follow these steps:
-Click on red button at the bottom of this page: “Make a donation or payment”
-Click on “Click here to donate”
-Select “1001984 – Sacramental Programs”
-Fill in your details
-Click on Card type
-Fill in card details
-Click on “Proceed”
-Take note of your receipt number, you will need it in the next stage.
Once you have completed stage 1, you must complete an enrolment form each child you have participating in the sacrament.
To complete an enrolment form >>>Click Here<<<
PLEASE NOTE: YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED ENROLLED IN THIS SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED BOTH STAGES OF ENROLMENT.
For any further information, enquiries & to submit copies of your child’s sacramental certificates, please email Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you to our program and assisting you and your child in taking this next step in their faith development.
Important Dates for First Reconciliation 2018
(Please note: Date of Information Evening has changed)
|21/09/17||Online Registration Opens||Online|
|18/10/18||Parent Meeting||7.30pm hall|
|20/10/18 & 21/10/18||Commitment Masses||5pm
|17/11/18||Retreat (Parents are not required to attend)||2.00-4.30 hall|
|24/11/18||First Reconciliation followed by afternoon tea||2pm Church|
There will also be four group preparation sessions. There will be a Saturday and Sunday group. One parent must attend the preparation session with the child.
Two additional groups may be offered. There will be at least one after school session. Information to be given at the parent meeting. You will be asked to nominate which session you wish to attend on the evening of the information session.
Saturday Group: 3.34-4.45pm Classroom
Leader: Suzanne Miceli
Sunday Group: 11am Hall
Leader: Suzanne Miceli
First Reconciliation for Adults
Adults, who wish to receive this sacrament, please contact the parish office for details.