The Sacramental Programme is the means by which baptised children can make their own personal commitment to God and continue on their spiritual journeys.
When children have been baptised, they may be considered eligible for Confirmation and first reception of Holy Eucharist from about the age of eight years. Presently in the Archdioceses of Brisbane,
Confirmation is celebrated together with the first reception of Holy Eucharist.
The sacramental celebration is prepared for within a parish program that involves the child and the parents for the sacraments.
When readiness for the sacraments has been determined, each child is enrolled in the parish program for sacramental preparation. Each child receives sound catechesis both before and after the time of celebrating the sacraments.
The Archdiocese of Brisbane’s 3rd edition Sacramental Policy was launched by Archbishop Mark Coleridge on Sunday 13th September 2015.
The Parish Sacramental Preparation Program is run in accordance with the Sacramental Policy of the Archdiocese of Brisbane:
- In the year the children turn eight (Year 3), they are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
- In the year the children turn nine (Year 4), they are welcomed to the Lord’s Table and receive Holy Communion for the first time in the Sacrament of Eucharist.
- A simple celebration of the 2nd rite of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is included as part of the preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist.
- When the children turn 10 (Year 5), they are prepared to celebrate more fully the Sacrament of Reconciliation with individual confession and absolution (1st rite).