Sacramental Program at All Hallows’ Parish 2021             

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the All Hallows’ Sacramental Program for 2021.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “The Sacraments of Christian Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life…The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.” CCC1212

Our Sacramental programs are parish based and ‘family centred.’ Please be aware our preparation programs require a high level of commitment by families. We rely heavily on parent involvement and parents are required to attend all sessions with their children.

The aim of these programs, apart from being an excellent opportunity to prepare your child to receive each Sacrament, is also to help build friendships and community spirit. The structure of each program is also aimed at strengthening the relationships between parents and children by offering a variety of opportunities for interaction in a reflective environment. As parents you are the first educators of your child’s faith journey. Your involvement is essential for your child’s spiritual growth which you pledged to support at their Baptism.

The Sacraments to be offered in 2021 are:

Year 3 – Sacrament of Reconciliation-

Parent Meeting – Wednesday 28th April at 7pm in the Church. Please bring a $15 resource fee to this meeting.

Reconciliation date:

  • Saturday 5th June 2021

Year 3 – Sacrament of First Holy Communion

Parent Meeting – Thursday 16th September at 7pm in the Church.  Please bring a $30 resource fee to this meeting.

First Holy Communion dates:

  • 6th & 7th November during the weekend Masses  
  • 13th & 14th November during the weekend Masses  

Year 6 – Sacrament of Confirmation

Parent Meeting – Thursday 12th August at 7pm in the Church. Please bring a $30 resource fee to this meeting.

Confirmation dates:

  • Friday 10th September at 7pm.
  • Saturday 11th September at 12 noon and 2:30pm.
  • Sunday 12th September at 12 noon and 2:30pm.

*Please note that dates are subject to change due to any COVID 19 restrictions or lockdowns which may be in effect.

If there are no COVID-19 lockdowns or severe restrictions in effect, the programmes will take place as follows:

Each Program consists of one initial Parent Meeting held at All Hallows’ Church where you will be given all the information relevant to the particular Sacrament being received and an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.  

The weekend following the Parent Meeting, families are invited to attend a mass to show their commitment to the programme.

At the Parent Meeting small home groups of 6 children per group with a volunteer leader and a host for the Home Meetings are organised.

The Home Meetings are run for 4 weeks: 1 hr sessions per week held in the host’s home or in the Church gathering space/foyer.  A parent/carer is required to attend and participate in all 4 sessions.

There will be one practice in the Church before the Sacrament, where proceedings are explained. This date will be confirmed at the Parent Information night which will be advised in the church bulletin a few weeks prior to the Sacrament.  

While the Sacrament of Reconciliation is not one of the Sacraments of Initiation, it is the Practice of the Church for children to be prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to receiving their First Holy Communion.

Together with the Sacramental Team who are all very happy to answer any questions you may have.  The Sacramental program at All Hallows’ is parish based, facilitated together.

Please note the attached “Application for Participation in the Sacramental Program” form must be received by the Parish office by the 16th April  for your child to be included in the Sacramental Program this year.

Please contact the parish office with any enquiries.