Confirmation & First Communion

Communion is the culmination of the sacraments of initiation.  Before a child is led to the Eucharistic table, their baptism is confirmed.  Confirmation is celebrated in a Liturgy of the Word led by the Bishop of the Toowoomba Diocese, while first Communion is received by the children within the Mass.

Requesting Confirmation/First Communion:
Parents ask for Confirmation/First Communion when they are ready to prepare with their children.  Parents are supported as they share their faith and the faith of the church with their children in the prepation time.

Process:
A Sacramental preparation programme is planned each year.  This is advertised through the church and school newsletters.  Parents are asked to come to adult meetings before they enrol their child/children and then participate in the preparation sessions and the celebration of the sacraments.

In line with Diocesan guidelines, children are asked to learn about God who forgives, whom we then celebrate in the Sacrament of Penance.  Opportunity for this is offered before Confirmation/First Communion.

Confirmation/Communion are celebrated usually during Term 2 of the School Year. Initial Parent meetings are held in February/March and the family preparation  from early in Term 2.

Preparation for Confirmation/First Communion 2019 – dates for 2019 are set out below. Please direct any inquiries to the Parish Leader via email: parishleader@stthomasmores.org.au

Wednesday 20 March 2019:  9am or 7pm:  First Parent Meeting to discuss the Sacrament of Confirmation and plan the business side of things. At this meeting dates will be discussed and finalised.  Meetings take place in the Parish Office.

Wednesday 24 April 2019: 9am or 7pm: Second Parent Meeting to discuss the Sacrament of Communion.  At this meetings the process will be explained and again dates discussed and finalised, as well as initial consideration of groups for the two Masses on the weekend when the Sacrament is celebrated.  Meetings take place in the Parish Office.

Enrolment of all Children: 6pm Saturday Mass and 8.30am Sunday Mass on the weekend of 27 and 28 April, 2019.

Preparation for and Celebration of Confirmation:

Session 1:   Wednesday 8 May, 2019 3.30 pm        or Sunday 12 May, 2019 9.45am
Session 2: Wednesday 15 May, 2019 3.30 pm      or Sunday 19 May, 2019 9.45am
Practice: Wednesday 22 May, 2019: 7pm in the Church
Sacrament: Tuesday 28 May, 2019: 7pm in the Church

(Wednesday Sessions – School Music Room)(Sunday Sessions – Parish Office)(unless otherwise advised)

Preparation for and Celebration of Communion:

Session 1:   Wednesday 5 June, 2019 3.30 pm        or Sunday 9 June, 2019  9.45 am
Session 2: Wednesday 12 June, 2019 3.30 pm     or Sunday 16 June, 2019  9.45 am
 Practice: Wednesday 26 June, 2019:

3.45 pm Saturday Mass Group (in the Church)

4.30 pm Sunday Mass Group (in the Church)

(Wednesday Sessions – School Music Room)(Sunday Sessions – Parish Office)(unless otherwise advised)

Sacrament to be celebrated on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 20/21 July, 2019 at the 6pm and 8.30am Masses

Confirmation/First Communion 2020
Parents who wish to present their children for Confirmation/First Communion 2020 are asked to prepare their children for the Sacrament of Penance in 2019.  A time of preparation is offered through the parish normally in Term 3 – dates to be advised mid year..