Sacramental Preparation (Enrolment Form)

In 2020 Bishop Bill Wright cancelled the Sacraments of Initiation Program in parishes and introduced a fallow year to reflect on our current pastoral practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sacraments of Initiation Program will commence again in 2021. Those children who were unable to participate in Reconciliation 2020 are invited to participate in Reconciliation and complete Confirmation in 2021.

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 Sacraments of Initiation program:

Enrolment Form

Please complete and submit the Enrolment Form below 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 emailed 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

No date set
5.30pmInformation Evening for Parents
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster
No date set
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.
No date set
8.30am or 4.45pmCelebration of First Reconciliation
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster


Date TimeEvent
No date set9amFirst Preparation Meeting for Confirmation (parents and children)
Mass and Parish Hall, Forster
No date setAnySecond Preparation meeting
in family homes
No date setAnyThird Preparation meeting
in family homes
No date setAll DayBus trip to Newcastle to visit Bishop Bill Wright
No date set9amFourth Preparation meeting. Parents & children attend Mass followed by rehearsal for Confirmation
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster
No date set6pmCelebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Bill Wright
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster

First Communion

DateTime Event
No date set 9amFirst Preparation Session for First Communion (parents and children)
attend Mass then meeting in the Parish Hall
No date set9amSecond Preparation Session
No date set9am-2.30pmFirst Communion Retreat
Parish Hall
No date set5.30pmCelebration of First Communion at Mass
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church, Forster

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