General introduction to Sacraments
Baptism initiates us into the life of Jesus and his pattern of living/dying/rising! It initiates us into the living body of Christ - the church.
Reconciliation celebrates the forgiveness of God and calls us to be that forgiveness with each other and for the world.
Eucharist is the regular feeding of our spiritual lives with Jesus and calling us to his pattern of living - expressed as living/dying/rising and also take, bless, break and share.
Confirmation is the completion of our initiation and the celebration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we are called to keep growing into and living.
Marriage and Priesthood are the sacraments of vocation.
Anointing of the sick is the call to embrace each stage of life - with Jesus - embrace the dying and then the new resurrections from that. It is not just a physical dying - but the many spiritual dying s that are part of our life journeys.
Children prepare for First Holy Communion in Y3. Part of the preparation support to the parents are classes offered within the St John Bosco Primary School and also classes by parishioners before family masses and preparation classes for parents and children within Public Schools.
Children prepare for First Reconciliation during Y2 at Saint John Bosco's in their regular Religious Education classes. Y3 students at the public schools are invited to a preparation program culminating in the celebration of the sacrament.
Confirmation will be offered to people who are Y6 or older.
Confirmation is a Sacrament of Commitment, saying yes to our Baptism, our Church, and all God might want us to be. This call and response cannot be accepted by anyone except the candidate. We respect this decision.