Please bear in mind that your children are to celebrate First Confessions and First Communions at their home parish where the family regularly worship God each Sunday, which for many of you will not necessarily be St. Cecilia’s Church. If you are attending or plan to attend a church outside of the local church community where you live, it is very important that you formally register at that church and be attending church for over three months to establish yourself as a parishioner. Otherwise your home parish will be the one within whose boundaries you live.

Please note that registration this year, for families of the parish, for First Confession and First Communion will take place during the month of October followed by enrollment on Sunday,October 20, 2002 at the 11 a.m. Mass.

Classes for First Confessions are planned for Saturday mornings and we hope to commence the Saturday after Thanksgiving. These will continue for approximately 6 or 7 weeks with First Confessions taking place during Advent on Saturday, December 7, 2002.

A similar number of immediate preparation classes for First Communion are planned for the Winter/Spring of the year 2003 at the parish leading up to the celebration of First Communion in May 2003.

  1. Please note carefully that registration for First Sacraments is currently taking place in the different Catholic Parishes surrounding St. Cecilia’s School.
  2. These First Sacraments are to be celebrated and received in the family’s home parish, i.e. either the parish where the family attends Mass each Sunday or the parish within whose boundaries the family resides.
  3. You need to contact your home parish as soon as possible and establish what exactly is happening and ensure that your child is registered for the First Confession and First Holy Communion programs for this coming academic year.
  4. For those who are parishioners of St. Cecilia’s Parish Family, please note the following:
    1. An Explanatory Meeting for Parents on the Parish Based Immediate Preparation Program for First Confession will be held on a mid week night in early October in the Parish Church Hall. One parent representative for each child must attend this meeting.
    2. Registration of children of St. Cecilia’s Parish with the parish for these First Sacraments.
      1. Registration forms are available from the Church on Sundays after Mass or from the Parish Office at the house between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
      2. Registration forms together with accompanying official Baptism Certificates to be returned to Church Office by early October latest.
      3. Registration may be limited to 22 children if a second teacher is not found and therefore preference will be given on a first come basis.
    3. Enrollment Ceremony for First Confession & First Holy Communion: A Sunday in mid-October at the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.
    4. Classes for Parish Based Immediate Preparation Program for First Confession to commence on the Saturday, after Thanksgiving weekend.
      1. From 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. each Saturday.
      2. These classes usually continue for 6 to 7 weeks.
    5. Interview with each candidate and his/her parent(s) to take place the week beginning early November.
    6. Celebration of First Confession: Usually the first Saturday of Advent (December) at 10:30 a.m.
    7. A similar number of Immediate Preparation Classes at the Parish for First Communion are planned for the Winter/Spring of the year 2003 leading up to the celebration of First Communion on a Sunday during the Easter Season at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass.
  5. Please note that there will be a fee of $25.00 for catechism texts and materials.

As school, parish and parents strive to do all that we can to implement the Cardinal’s vision for sacramental preparation at our home parish level, we will know that we are doing our best to help our children come to meet and know Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ personally through these special sacramental encounters and be healed and nourished by Him, so as to become more like Him.

I look forward to sharing with you in this God given mission of leading our children to the Father through His Son in the Holy Spirit.–Father Michael Hughes