Sacramental Program for Government School Children

Co-ordinator / Leader Michelle Sherriff, Religious Education Co-ordinator
Contact Number Parish House: 9876 3077 or 9876 3717
Email RingwoodNorth@cam.org.au
Members / Participants ~18
Year the group started 1995
Gathering place / time Sunday mornings 9.15 - 10.15 a.m. in the Parish House, followed by attendance at 10.30 a.m. Mass
Main Function / Purpose Faith and Witness - High Spirits/RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) provides Religious Education for families in the parish with primary aged children who attend local government/private schools

RCIC provides a pathway for:
  • Catholic parents seeking baptism for their primary aged child/children
  • Catholic parents of children Grade 3 and above seeking the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation
Major Events Rite of Acceptance, Rite of Election, Rite of Reception.
Special Masses: Community Mass, Christmas Masses

High Spirits Program

Our High Spirits group is for families with children who attend non-Catholic schools but who still wish to complete Catholic sacraments. To enrol in the program there is an expectation that families will attend Mass regularly and in particular that the children will take part in Children’s Liturgy, at either 6.00pm Saturday night Mass or 10.30am Sunday morning Mass. The High Spirits sacramental classes are run at a family friendly time, either after school or on the weekend and change accordingly to the sacrament being taught. Sacraments are celebrated with the Holy Spirit School children and for each program we join with the Holy Spirit school families for an information night and a children’s workshop, the remainder of our classes are taught in the Parish House.

Rite of Acceptance

Baptism
School aged children wishing to be baptised will need to participate in a series of lessons which will introduce the children to prayer, bible stories and Catholic traditions.

Baptism

Reconciliation
Children will need to be in Grade Three or above to participate in our Reconciliation program. Reconciliation is held in November.

Eucharist
Children will need to be in Grade Four or above to participate in our Eucharist Program. First Eucharist is held at the end of August. Click the booklet image to see an example of the booklet prepared for the First Eucharist Mass.

Confirmation
Children will need to be in Grade Six or above to participate in our Confirmation Program. Confirmation is held at the end of May.

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