Sacraments of the Catholic Church
The parish provides the experience of belonging to a worshipping community. All Sacraments are celebrated in the Parish Church. Celebration of Sacraments reflects and influences what it is we proclaim, who we are proclaiming and what we do. Families and teachers work in partnership to prepare children for the celebration of the Sacraments by attending Faith Formation Forums for each sacrament and attending a Commitment Mass prior to celebrating the Sacrament. During the time of Sacraments being celebrated the focus is supported by the whole school.
There are seven sacraments of the Catholic Church:
First Eucharist (Holy Communion);
Annoiting of the Sick;
Holy Orders; and
At St Patrick's students celebrate First Reconciliation/ Penance in Year Three, First Eucharist in Year Four and Confirmation in Year Six. Students who are not baptised Catholic or who do not receive the sacraments are expected to support their peers by participating fully in the program. The students participate in a Reflection day prior to receiving each of the Sacraments.
The Sacrament of Penance teaches students to be aware of their relationship with God and the people around them. Students learn about sin and its effects on their relationships with God and the people around them. Learning to make peace with the people we hurt is an important part of this process.
First Eucharist/Holy Communion
This sacrament is often referred to as First (Holy) Communion. Students learn more about how Jesus becomes present through the bread and wine that is offered during the Eucharist. It is during the Liturgy of the Eucharist that the bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Jesus.
Confirmation is celebrated at a special ceremony officiated by the Bishop and the Parish Priest. Confirmation candidates are encouraged to go out into the world, just as the Apostles did, with the Holy Spirit in their hearts.