Sacraments

Confirmation

   Structure of the Sacramental Programme

The current order of reception of the Sacraments in the Diocese of Broken Bay is Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist (First Communion)

The preparation programme for each sacrament is a parish based programme and is structured in such a way, that parents and children spend quality time with each other in preparation to receive the sacrament.

They are designed to be facilitated in small groups and your Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Toukley/Lake Munmorah assists, with your child’s preparation, by providing the reading material, workbooks, and facilitators to assist you and your children to prepare worthily to receive the sacraments.

If you wish to be a facilitator for any of the sacraments, or have any concerns, or difficulties, please do not hesitate to speak with myself or Fr Tiziano at any time, or contact the parish office 4396 4455

   Confirmation

Confirmation is the second Sacrament of Christian Initiation, and it confirms the life of Baptism in those who receive this sacrament.

The effect of this sacrament is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit and its seven gifts, which draws us further into the life of faith uniting us to Christ, and gives us special strength, to spread and defend the faith by word and action, as true witnesses of Christ.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is received by children, who are seven years of age or over, who are baptised and, are worthily prepared by their parents, with the help of the parish community, to receive this sacrament

Confirmation is administered by the Bishop and, on rare occasions, by a priest delegated by the Bishop.

   Preparation

The family centred preparation programme commences at the time of the parent information and enrolment session and is conducted over a four week period. The programme is facilitated in small groups, to help parents prepare their children to worthily receive this sacrament.

There are also special rituals for parents and children, at the weekend masses during the children’s preparation

   Parent Enrolment and Information Sessions   

Enrolment and parent information sessions for this sacrament will be held on Wednesday 22nd August 2018, commencing at 3:30 pm, at St. Brendan's Mass Centre Lake Munmorah, and Thursday, 23rd August 2018 commencing at 3:30pm as well as 7pm at St. Mary's Church Toukley.

Parents, in enrolling your children to receive this sacrament, you make the commitment to accompany them in working through the resources, which the parish will make available at the Parent Information Session. 

These workbooks are intended to be used during each of the facilitated sessions, and completed at home before the next session. It is also expected that you and your child attend Mass on Sundays, particularly on the weekends during their preparation.

   Confirmation Name       

Children preparing for Confirmation are required to choose the name of a Christian Saint who inspires them to act under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to follow Jesus more closely.

   Sponsors

Every child who is to be confirmed is required to have a Sponsor - a practising Catholic over the age of 16 and who has received the sacraments of  Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist (Holy Communion).

The Sponsor accompanies the parent, and child, through the preparation process and helps them, by their example, in living a good Christian life. A sponsor also helps the child to select the name of a Christian Saint and, acknowledges to the church community that the child is worthily prepared.

The Sponsor cannot be the parent or guardian of the child who is to be confirmed.

  Sunday Rituals

Parents and children are required to attend one weekend Mass each week  during the Programme, either at St Brendan's, Lake Munmorah at the 5:00pm Mass on the Saturdays 25th August, 1st  8th  & 15th September, or at St Mary's Toukley at the 9:00am Mass on the Sundays 26th August, 2nd  9th  & 16th September.

   Practice

St. Mary’s Toukley Wednesday 19th September,2018 at 3:30pm

St. Brendan's Lake Munmorah Thursday 20th September,2018 at 3:30pm  

   Celebration of Sacrament

Saturday 22nd September 2018

St Mary’s Toukley 10:00am

St. Brendan's, Lake Munmorah 12:00noon