Children from the Parish who are baptised Roman Catholic are prepared for the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist. Families enrol their child when they believe their child is ready to receive the Sacraments and when the family feels they are ready to support the child through preparation. Parents, as the First Educators, assist in the preparation in Faith of their child. Students also undertake preparation as part of Parish and as part of their Religious Education classes. Parents, Parish and School work together across the seven years to educate the students in faith. Parents of students enrolled in Sacramental Preparation are asked to attend Reconciliation and Eucharist Sacramental Information and Faith Formation evenings throughout the preparation. The Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) usually takes place in Lent at St John's Church.
Students preparing for the Sacrament of the Eucharist form small family groups. In these small groups, they gather for a Home Mass and complete some family group activities. The students make their First Eucharist with others from their small group with the Parish Community. This ‘First Eucharist’ takes place at a designated weekend Mass with the Parish Community. This normally takes place in Second or Third Term. As part of their preparation, students and their families participate in several Parish Masses leading up to their First Eucharist. The students also participate in a ‘Bread Making Day’ which is facilitated by Fr Dispin John and our Pastoral Associate, Maree O’Keefe.
The children in Grade 6 from the Parish are prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation every year. The Sacrament is conferred on the students as one or two groups depending on numbers, at a time designated by the auxiliary Bishop. In 2019 Confirmation will take place on Sunday 10th August at 1pm or 3pm at St John's Church, Mitcham. The preparation is undertaken both at school and at home. Families are encouraged to attend Parish Masses as part of the Confirmation preparation. The students from both schools attend a Confirmation Reflection Day and meet the Bishop prior to the Sacrament. As First Educators in Faith, the school seeks strong support and expects active involvement from parents particularly during the Sacramental programs.
Non-Catholic Children are encouraged to be part of the Sacramental Liturgies and may receive a blessing.
Parents wishing to have their child/ren baptised need to contact Maree O’Keefe or Fr Dispin John at the Parish House on 9873 1341 or email Mitcham@cam.org.au.