Sacraments

Reconciliation

   General Reconciliation

Saturday - after morning mass St Mary’s
Saturday - 4:15 - 4:45 pm at St Brendan’s and 5:15-5:45 pm at St Mary’s
Sunday -   7 am at St Mary’s

   Reconciliation/Confession

Traditionally this sacrament was called the Sacrament of Penance. It reflects metanoia, which is translated as penance and denotes a change of heart or repentance.

St John Paul II described this sacrament as a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and a part of the mission of the Church to be reconciled and a reconciling community. He added that the primary effect of this sacrament is the forgiveness of sins. Its secondary effect is growth in holiness.

Pope Francis's teaching on the same sacrament observes  that forgiveness of our sins is something we cannot give to ourselves. One cannot say I forgive myself my sins. Forgiveness is asked, it is asked for another. In confession it is asked from Jesus. Forgiveness is not the fruit of our efforts but the efforts of the Holy Spirit.

The Sacrament of Penance exists for people who commit sin after baptism. Vatican II teaches that those who approach the sacrament of penance obtain pardon through God’s mercy for the offences committed towards him. They are at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded with their sins and which by charity, example and prayer labours for their conversion.

First Reconciliation 2018

According to the church’s command, after having attained the age of                                        discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an Reconciliationobligation faithfully to confess serious sins. In this parish children in Year 3 are eligible to make their First Reconciliation. 

   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

   Parent Information Sessions

Parents Information sessions will take place at St Brendan's Mass Centre, Lake Munmorah at 3.30pm on Wednesday 14th February 2018 and at St Mary's Church, Toukley at 3.30pm on Thursday 15th February 2018.

   Sacrament Dates

The Sacrament itself will be held on Wednesday 21st  March 2018 at 3:30pm St Brendan’s Lake Munmorah and also on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at3:30pm St Mary’s Toukley