St Columba's Catholic Primary School | 2023

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We welcome children and their families to our program for the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

  • Year 3 St Columba's students
  • External candidates undertaking their preparation at another school
  • Children participating in the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)

St Columba's students will be prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of our Religious Education curriculum. Content covers:

  • People have the gift of conscience
  • God shows love and mercy
  • People follow God's rules to live in peace
  • Catholics celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation people are invited to be peacemakers

We look forward to sharing this important faith journey with you.

Allen McMahon


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Who to contact

  • Year 3 Teachers - Mrs Poole / Mrs McFarland and Miss Mercer
  • Assistant Principal - Jesse Yock
  • Catechist Coordinator - Helen Sisto
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Sacramental Enrolment Mass

  • All children receiving the Sacraments must attend the Enrolment Mass with a parent.

  • Sacramental enrolment forms are handed into classroom teachers no later than one week before the Enrolment Mass.
  • PREP children and external candidates hand the Enrolment Mass forms into the Catechist Coordinator.

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Parent information evening

  • One parent from each family to attend.

  • Runs for approximately one hour.

  • At the Church.

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  • Facilitated by 24:7 Ministry.
  • Held in St Columba's Kalyara Mia (undercover area) within school hours from 9 am to 3 pm.
  • PREP children and external candidates to be dropped off and picked up at St Columba's front office.
  • Children wear sports uniform, including hat.
  • Bring morning tea, lunch and drink bottle.

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Allocated sessions for the service

  • Families arrive at their allocated session time (10am, 10.15am, 10.30am or 10.45am).
  • These sessions are allocated at the parent information evening.

Appropriate dress

  • Reflects the importance of the ceremony and should not take away from its meaning.

  • Smart casual is appropriate.

Photos and video

  • Photos and videos are prohibited during the service, as this takes away from the significance of the ceremony.

  • Families are welcome to take their own photos before and afterwards.


  • Students sit quietly at the back on the left side of the church.
  • Families sit quietly on the right side of the church.

Procedure and receiving Reconciliation

  • Students arrive during their allocated time and sit quietly until they are advised it is their turn.

  • Students are given a card of assistance to help with the process of what to do and say to receive the Sacrament.

  • One at a time, children are advised by the teacher to go to the Priest by themselves to receive Reconciliation.

  • After time with the Priest, each child goes to a part of the church to say their prayers.

  • Students collect their certificate from the back of the church.

  • Families can then leave with their child.


  • These certificates are valuable documents. Please keep them in a safe place as the school cannot re-print copies.
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