At Emmaus, sacramental preparation for students is school based and celebrations occur at both St. Alipius Parish, Ballarat East and St Peter and Paul's Parish, Buninyong.
Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist lay the foundations of every Christian life. From the waters of Baptism, we receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life and are strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The program for 2018 is a little different to previous years in regards to how children will be preparing and receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist. Next year the Grade 3’s will not be preparing and receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation as they will be preparing and receiving it in 2019 in a combined Sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist. At the start of the year our Grade 4’s will be invited to prepare and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist and our Grade 3’s will be invited to prepare and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation later in the year.
The following information and dates are important and we encourage you to make them a priority on your calendar.
Sacramental Program Parent Information Sessions
(Parents must attend one of these sessions if your child is participating in the program in either grade 3 or 4)
Thursday 8th February in Wayaperri at Emmaus at 9 am - 10 am or 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Reconciliation Year 4: For students to attend
Preparation Session: Wednesday 28th February at 5:30-6:30pm Wayaperri, Emmaus
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Wednesday 14th March at 6:30pm- 7:30pm, St. Alipius Church
Eucharist Year 4: For students to attend
Session 1: Belonging and Gathering Wednesday 9th May 5:30 - 6:30pm Wayaperri, Emmaus
Session 2: Listening to the Word Wednesday 23rd May 5:30 - 6:30pm Wayaperri, Emmaus
Session 3: Sharing and Celebrating Wednesday 6th June 5:30 - 6:30pm Wayaperri, Emmaus
Sacrament of Eucharist: Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June St Alipius Church and St Peter and Paul’s Church.
Reconciliation Year 3
Session 1: The Role of the Christian Parent (Just for Parents to Attend) | Thursday 20th September in Wayaperri at Emmaus at 9 am - 10 am or 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Session 2: Preparing for Reconciliation | Wednesday 10th October 5:30pm- 6:30pm Wayaperri, Emmaus
Sacrament of Reconciliation: 24th October 6:30pm. St Alipius Church
We look forward to hearing from you and to working with you and your family as you prepare to complete your initiation into the Catholic Church family.
If you are unable to make one of these sessions please get in contact with the school and we will be able to provide you with the dates for St Alipius’ and St Francis Xavier’s Sacramental Program where you will be welcome to join in with them to make up a preparation session or to Celebrate receiving a Sacrament.
Please note the dates above have been added to our school calendar HERE.