St Columba's Catholic Primary School | 2023
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.
Who to contact
- Year 3 Teachers - Mrs Poole / Mrs McFarland and Miss Mercer
- Assistant Principal - Jesse Yock
- Catechist Coordinator - Helen Sisto
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.
Parent information evening
One parent from each family to attend.
Runs for approximately one hour.
At the Church.
- 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.
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.
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.