Sacramental Preparation (Enrolment Form)

The Celebration of Sacraments of Initiation for Children is cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Bishop Bill Wright  invited us to take a fallow year to reflect on our current pastoral practice. In response, the Diocesan Liturgy Council prepared a resource document to support the community’s reflection. That resource document is now available online.

Since the Diocesan Synod in 1996, all children are to be prepared for the Sacraments by their parents in a Parish-based program organised by the Parish Sacramental Team.

In the Catholic Parish of Forster Tuncurry, we have been preparing children this way for over twelve years and have found it a very warm and welcoming program. No longer are schools responsible for preparing children for the Sacraments, however we do have a Sacramental Team made up of teachers and parents. The role of educating children in Faith has been given back to where it rightly belongs – with you as parents. The Sacramental Team will provide the required support to parents in this regards.

We look forward to this valuable time of sharing with you and your family.

What Do I Do Next?

There are a number of things that we would ask you to do if you would like to enrol your child in the 2019-21 Sacraments of Initiation program:

Enrolment Form

Please complete and submit the Enrolment Form below by November 2019 so that we can register your interest in preparing your child for the Sacraments of Initiation.

Baptism Certificate

For your child’s preparation, we need a recent copy of their Baptism Certificate. This can be email to the parish office

If your child was baptised in Forster Tuncurry, please indicate this on the Enrolment Form as we do not need to sight the certificate as we can look it up in our own records. If, however, your child was baptised in another Parish, please complete the ‘Copy of Baptism Certificate Form’ and send it to the Parish in which your child was baptised.

Baptism Certificate Request Form


It would be appreciated if you could advise a member of the Sacramental Team of any allergies your child suffers from that might be relevant to the celebration of Confirmation and First Communion. In particular, children who have been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease will need to have special arrangements made to obtain low-gluten hosts in time for the celebration of their First Communion, along with the appropriate permission of the Bishop.

Sacramental Program Enrollment Form

We seek to enrol our child in the Preparation Program for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion in the Catholic Parish of Forster Tuncurry.
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Dates for Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation (2019)



5.30pmInformation Evening for Parents
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster


9am-11amFormation Session for First Reconciliation (parents and children)
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster. Commencing with Mass followed by meeting in Parish Hall.
Saturdays8.30am or 4.45pmCelebration of First Reconciliation
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster

Confirmation (2019)

30/6/199amFirst Preparation Meeting for Confirmation (parents and children)
Mass and Parish Hall, Forster
  Second Preparation meeting
in family homes
  Third Preparation meeting
in family homes
TBAAll day

Bus trip to Newcastle to visit Bishop Bill Wright

28/7/199amFourth Preparation meeting. Parents & children attend Mass followed by rehearsal for Confirmation
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster
30/7/196pmCelebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Bill Wright
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster

First Communion (2019)

25/08/199amFirst Preparation Session for First Communion (parents and children)
attend Mass then meeting in the Parish Hall
 01/09/19 9amSecond Preparation Session
 03/09/199am-2.30pmFirst Communion Retreat
Parish Hall
08/09/199am Third Preparation Session



Celebration of First Communion at Mass
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster(If you can’t make the 5.30pm Mass on Sunday we allow you to choose another Mass over the weekend of the 14/15 Sept but you must inform the parish office of the change)

If you have any questions about the Sacraments of Initiation Program, please contact the Parish on 6554 6401 or send us a message.