First Reconciliation: Friday 22nd March 2019 at 7:00pm
First Holy Communion: Sunday 23rd June 2019 at 9:30am
Both Sacraments are held at St James Forest Lodge.

As a further commitment to Baptism:
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we encounter our Risen Lord who offers us His forgiveness and His love.

In the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, we receive the consecrated bread and wine, showing a commitment to being in communion with God. The body and blood of Christ reminds us of how Jesus gave His life for us and how He wants us to grow in His image and likeness.

Preparation for these Sacraments
The preparation for these Sacraments, is done as a communal effort between the family, St James Catholic Parish and St James Catholic School. Parents, as primary teachers of the faith, are strongly encouraged to work with their children by using resources provided and by discussing the sacraments at home.

Children will be provided with a sacramental activity book. The cost of this book and certificate for both sacraments is $50.00.
The activity books will be distributed at the first preparation session and will be required for all sessions.

Reconciliation preparation sessions will be on the following dates:
Sunday 24th February 2019
Sunday 3rd March 2019
Sunday 10th March 2019
Sunday 17th March 2019
Reconciliation Retreat Day to be confirmed
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be on Friday 22nd March at 7:00pm at St James Catholic Church.

First Holy Communion preparation sessions will be on the following dates:
Sunday 19th May 2019
Sunday 26th May 2019
Sunday 2nd June 2019
Sunday 9th June 2019
Confirmation Retreat Day to be confirmed

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be on Sunday 23rd June at 9:30am at St James Catholic Church. Children will be expected to be in the church by 9:15 am.

In supporting your child/children, attendance at 9.30am Sunday Mass and follow up sessions is an expectation, at least one parent or carer must be present with their child for the entire timeAs notice of these dates is given in advance, all sessions must be attended in order for your child to participate in the Sacrament.

All application details and fees must be received by the St James school office the Friday BEFORE the first session.

First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
The preparation for this Sacrament is a communal effort between the family, parish and school.

Preparation for each sacrament commences with Mass in St James Church at 9:30 am, followed by Preparation Sessions, run by parent group leaders in St James School hall. The children will be divided into groups and they will remain in the same group for the each session.

Parents are strongly encouraged to continue to prepare for the Sacrament beyond the preparation session by discussing the sacrament at home. The expectation is that at least one parent or carer be punctual and present for each of the four preparation sessions as messages may be conveyed at the beginning of the session.

Reconciliation & First Holy Communion Retreat Day
The day will begin with attendance of 9:30 am Mass and will conclude with lunch at approximately 12pm. The children will come with their parent as usual, however they will participate in sessions run by both Fr Dom, and Mrs Amanda Gardiner (the Family Faith Educator at St James School). This will be followed by a rehearsal for the sacrament with Mrs Robson, lunch will be provided.

Please email parish office should you have specific dietary requirements ecrsacraments@stjames-stbede.org.au

Suggested attire for First Holy Communion
GIRLS:     A white dress (veil or hair accessory optional),
BOYS:      Long trousers and shirt (jacket or vest optional).
These suggestions are not a mandatory requirement, however the attire should reflect the significance of the occasion.

We look forward to sharing this special time with you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amanda at the parish office on 9660 1407 on Monday, Wednesday or Fridays between the hours of 9:30am and 2:30pm or email ecrsacraments@stjames-stbede.org.au