Is your child ready to celebrate Reconciliation and Eucharist in 2019?
Is your family ready to support this young person?
At St John's Parish, we focus on 'family readiness' when children are preparing for sacraments. Any discussion about the readiness of a child also involves a discussion about the family being ready to support.
We believe that children need the support and encouragement of their family to grow to a maturity in faith and that families need to be in a position where they can offer that support. For it is in the family that children learn a sense of belonging, to celebrate and to know who they are. It is the family that first introduces children to Gospel values, prayer, Sunday Eucharist and in particular, to the local Church: the parish faith community; by their participation in the Sunday Mass and other parish activities.
We now believe that the best process to engage both parents and child in the sacramental journey is for parents to decide when their child is ready and if the family is in a position to support that decision.
Parents are invited to gather on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25TH at 7.30 pm in the Coghlan Centre to explore and unpack the concept of 'readiness' for sacramental preparation. We will use this time to identify a list of readiness indicators, as well as provide parents with a family activity book to support the learning that takes place at school. If you feel your child is ready to celebrate the Sacraments in 2019, then come along and join us.
After meeting with Maree, parents may collect an enrolment form for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. The onus is on parents to enrol their child if they believe they are ready. As our change involves moving away from school level years and focusing more on readiness, we are encouraging some families who have younger children to think about whether or not their child might also be ready to take this next step in their faith.
Please feel free to contact Maree on [email protected] or phone 9873 1341 at the Parish Office if you have any queries or concerns about readiness and enrolment for Sacraments.