Sacramental Preparation (Enrolment Form)

Information on the Parish Sacramental Preparation Program for First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion for 2018-19 can be found below.

Families of children who are seven years old in 2018 and older children are now invited to enroll their children for the Parish’s Sacraments of Initiation program commencing in Term 4, 2018.

The Parents/Carers in those families (without the children) are invited to an Information Evening on 6 November 2018 in the Church. At that meeting the preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Confirmation, and for First Communion will be outlined.

The Formation session for Reconciliation will take place from 9.00 am till 11.00 am on Sunday 18 November 2018. The session will commence with 9.00 am Mass.

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.

If you have any questions about the Sacraments of Initiation program, please contact the Parish on 6554 6401.

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 2018-19 Sacraments of Initiation program:

Enrolment Form

Please complete and submit the Enrolment Form below by November 2018 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.

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.

Allergies

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.

2018-19 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.

Baptism Certificate Request Form

Dates for Sacramental Preparation in 2018-19

First Reconciliation (2018)

Date Time Event
Sunday, 18/11/2018 9am-11am Formation Session for First Reconciliation (parents and children)
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster
Saturdays Saturday 8.30am or 4.45pm Celebration of First Reconciliation
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster

Confirmation (2019)

Date Time Event
TBA 7pm Information Session for Parents (children do not attend)
Parish Hall, Forster
TBA 9am First Preparation Meeting for Confirmation (parents and children)
Mass and Parish Hall, Forster
 TBA Second Preparation meeting
in family homes
 TBA Third Preparation meeting
in family homes
TBA All day

Bus trip to Newcastle to visit Bishop Bill Wright

TBA 9am Fourth Preparation meeting. Parents & children attend Mass followed by rehearsal for Confirmation
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster
TBA 7pm Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Bill Wright
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster

First Communion (2019)

Date Time Event
TBA 9am First Preparation Session for First Communion (parents and children)
attend Mass then meeting in the Parish Hall
 TBA Second Preparation Session
in family homes
 TBA Third Preparation Session
in family homes
TBA 9am Fourth Preparation Session
Parents and children attend Mass then meeting in the Parish Hall
TBA All day First Communion Retreat
Cape Hawke Surf Club
TBA 6pm Celebration of First Communion
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster
TBA 6pm Celebration of First Communion
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster
TBA 9am Celebration of First Communion
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster