Family, Parish & School

Sacramental Programme for primary school aged Children

“The preparation for and the celebration of sacraments for school-aged children is ideally
family focused, parish based and school supported”

Working Party Report to Bishops of Australia

 

Family Focused

The Church teaches that the responsibility for initiating children into the Church through preparation for sacraments belongs firstly with parents. The family is the basic unit of the faith community. Children are presented for initiation into the church at baptism by their parents whose role in fostering a child’s life of faith is so crucial that nothing else can replace it. It is within the family that faith is received and nurtured and so the family is the primary focus for sacramental preparation. Times of   sacramental preparation are moments of grace for nurturing the faith of the whole family and of the parish community.

What is expected of the parents to assist theirchild in the preparation for the Sacraments?

  • Attend Sacrament information nights or workshops.
  • Attend the weekend Masses of the Enrolment, Commitment, Rite of Election and Thanksgiving ceremonies.
  • Return all relevant paper work by due dates

 

Parish Based

It is within the parish that children are welcomed, their initiation into the faith celebrated and their journey into Christian maturity nourished and sustained. The parish provides the experience of belonging to a community of faith that is constant throughout the different phases of life, a place where all the initiated should feel at home. It is the parish, as the place of the Christian community which co-ordinates the activities involved in preparing the child for the Sacraments, working with the family, the school, parish ministers and clergy,  the parish ensures that all requirements necessary   to bring the children to the Sacraments are attended to in good time. In this way the parish will both nourish and be nourished by the faith of the children and their families.

What is expected of the Parish?

  • To invite families to enrol their children for the Sacraments.
  • To offer support  through communal and personal prayer, hospitality and giving witness to Christian living.
  • To support parents in their role of sharing faith within the family through experiences  of  family catechesis.

 

School Supported

Catholic Schools, by the nature of their mission and mandate, have a direct responsibility  to support family  and parish in the preparation of children to receive the sacraments. In the same way, the Parish Religious Education Programme(PREP) is designed to support you in providing this same  preparation when your child is attending a non-catholic school.  Always there is the underlying respect for the primary role of parents in the faith education of their children, while at the same time offering
support to them in that role.  Both the school and the PREP do this by providing knowledge and understanding through the Religious Education Programme and by providing an environment which witness and teaches the Gospel values.

What is expected of the School and PREP?

  • Provide learning and teaching about the sacrament.
  • Provide opportunities for prayer and personal reflection.
  • Provide an environment that fosters Gospel values.
  • Inform families about the processes available in the parish.
  • Support the Parish preparation for the sacraments

 

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By working collaboratively in the preparation of our children for their reception of the Sacraments, all who have a responsibility in nurturing faith, share in this special journey on which our children will embark. This process encourages such a partnership.

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St Simon Peter Parish Prayer

St Simon Peter Parish Prayer

Heavenly Father,
you have chosen our parish as the place by which you encounter us in our daily lives.
Here your Word is proclaimed,the Eucharist is celebrated,
and your people are united in a family of believers.
We pray for our parish named in honour of St Simon Peter and placed under his patronage.
Through his intercession may every blessing be poured out on all members of our parish.
We pray for our schools, their staff and students, and all their families.
May our parish be filled with holiness and prayer, with faith and love;
May it be a place where worthy and reverent worship is offered to God,
and where we receive grace and power for our mission.
May all who come here find a welcoming home,
comfort in their needs and strength for their journey of faith.
We make this prayer through Christ, Our Lord.
Amen