First Reconciliation: 7:00pm, Thursday 25th March 2021
First Holy Communion: 9:30am, Sunday 6th June 2021.
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.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be on Thursday 25th March 2021 at 7:00pm at St James Catholic Church.

First Reconciliation/First Communion Parent Meeting
7:00pm, Thursday 18th February at St James Church
THIS MEETING IS COMPULSORY FOR PARENTS TO ATTEND.

Reconciliation preparation sessions will be on the following dates:
Sunday 28th February, Sunday 7th, 14th & 21st March 2021 at 9:30am in the St James School Hall.

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be on Sunday 6th March 2021 at 9:30am at St James Catholic Church. Children will be expected to be in the church by 9:15am.

First Holy Communion preparation sessions will be on the following dates:
Sunday 16th, 24th 30th May and Sunday 6th June 2021 at 9:30am.

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 2 weeks BEFORE the first session.

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

Preparation for First Reconciliation will follow (:30am Mass at St James Church. The sessions will be held in the school hall and will be let by St James Sacramental Co-Ordinator, Amanda Gardiner.

Preparation for First Communion will occur during 9:30am Mass, which Fr Dom will celebrate just for the children and their parents in St James School Hall.

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 preparation sessions.

Pizza Lunch in St James Park
At the conclusion of the final preparation session for each sacrament, there will be a pizza lunch in St James Park, opposite the church.
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 to Friday between the hours of 9:30am and 2:30pm or email ecrsacraments@stjames-stbede.org.au