First Holy Communion

Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2017

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am very pleased to confirm that your child has been registered in our Parish Preparation Program to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The Priests and volunteer teachers look forward to working closely with you to prepare your child for these sacred and wonderful Sacraments of God's Love and Grace. The dates set for these Sacred Celebrations for 2017 are:

First Reconciliation

Group 1 – Tues 28th March   4:15pm-5:15pm

 

First Holy Communion

Group 1 – Sun 11th June 2:00pm

Group 2 – Wed 29th March 4:15pm-5:15pm

 

Group 2 – Sun 18h June 2:00pm

In receiving Holy Communion for the first time, the children will become full members of their Parish Family, God’s Church the Body of Christ.   

As parents, part of your vocation is to have a role and a responsibility to be closely involved in preparing your children for these two important sacraments.

Holy Communion Gowns and Dress Attire: All children are to wear the same gowns provided by the Parish.  The girls will be required to wear white stockings and shoes, a halo of flowers (which will be supplied prior to the day). VEILS are not permitted.  The boys will be required to wear black socks and shoes. Gowns must be dry cleaned and returned on::

Group 1 – Tuesday 13th June 2017 (ready for group 2)
Group 2 – Tuesday 27th June 2017

Photos and Video: Professional Photographers and video cameramen have been officially booked for the day. The photos will consist of at least seven (6) photos displayed in an album; along with a packaged DVD. During Mass celebrations we request that no photos or videos to be taken.

Enrolment Forms and Baptism Certificates: Enclosed is an Enrolment Form, which needs to be completed, with a copy of the Baptism & Confirmation Certificate attached. To obtain a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate, contact the Church where your child was baptised and request a copy to be collected or sent to you. However, if your child was baptised at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral, your child’s Baptism Certificate will be organised for you. It is preferred that forms and paperwork be completed and sent as soon as possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The final date to return all forms and paperwork is by Monday 30th January 2017 (the day of the information night). NO LATE ENROLEMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AS PLACES ARE LIMITED.

Finally, let us together lead our children to experience this wonderful Gift for their lives. May God’s Word that we hear and the Eucharist which is TRULY the BODY and BLOOD of Christ Our Lord, be the central blessing for you and your family every Sunday.

In the Lord’s Love and in the Joy of the Gospel,

Father Tony Sarkis
Acting Dean
Holy Communion Committee

 

PARENTS’ ROLE AND MISSION IS TO ENSURE YOU:

1: PARTICIPATE with your child WEEKLY at SUNDAY MASS attending Mass every Sunday is an essential part of the preparation of your child for these Sacraments. Along with the whole family they become familiar and begin to understand Mass under the Maronite Rites experiencing Faith, and learning God’s Love and Grace.

2: Have your child attend ALL CLASSES. Preparing and understanding of the Sacraments is vital and classes have been specifically prepared for them for their celebration of receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time. There will be revision and some work to be revised at home please ensure it is completed. Children must bring and keep in good order their workbook, coloured pencils, a pencil and rubber to each lesson.
If classes are missed, Fr Tony Sarkis will decide if your child will be able to receive the Sacraments this year, or if they will be asked to re-enroll for next year.

3: Have your child arrive ON TIME and READY for classes: For your child to benefit fully from the lessons and activities preparing them is important. They need to arrive before the lessons commence and they must be signed out before leaving from the classroom. If you are unable to pick them up and have nominated a person to do so a written and signed authority must be given to the teacher.

4: Help your child DAILY to learn, memorise, have an understanding and pray with you, be a person of prayer for your children. THE PRAYERS OF OUR MARONITE CATHOLIC TRADITION: Children need to learn our common Maronite Catholic prayers in preparation for receiving these Sacraments. The “Sign of the Cross”, The “Our Father”, “Hail Mary”, “Glory Be”, “Act of Contrition”, “Communion Prayer” and the “Nicene Creed”, these prayers are located on the back cover of the Children’s Textbook. TEN COMMANDMENTS & SEVEN SACRAMENTS/MYSTERIES their booklet will give a brief understanding, reasons and values behind them. This will prepare them to understand Jesus’ New Commandment to Love.

Both to attend all 4 (four) PARENT PREPARATION SESSIONS listed on the Lesson Schedule (attached) to help you refresh your faith and be able to lead and guide your children in their faith and to discover God’s wonderful purpose and plan for their life.
Keep up-to-date with any reminders or any changes that may occur our means of communication will be via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you do not have email , please advice us so another option can be made.

 


Draft Schedule for 2017. Full schedule to be given once children are allocated to their group.

Mon 30th Jan

7:15pm sharp

Information Night

Church Hall

Wed 1st  Feb

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 1– INTRO /CREED/CHURCH ORIGINS

Saints Rooms

Wed 8th Feb

Teachers Meeting

5:00 – 6:15pm

PARENTS SESSION

Seniors Room

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 2– SACRAMENTS / VOCATIONS

Saints Rooms

Wed 15th Feb

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 3 – SIN / ADAM&EVE

Saints Rooms

Wed 22th Feb

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 4 – TEN COMMANDMENTS

Saints Rooms

Wed 1st  Mar 

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 5 – TEN COMMANDMENTS

Saints Rooms

Wed 8th Mar

Teachers Meeting

5:00 – 6:15pm

PARENTS SESSION

Seniors Room

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 6 – RECONCILIATION/ SANCTIFYING GRACE

Saints Rooms

 


COST & HIRE FEES FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PER CHILD

Please find below a list of costs to the Parish for the preparation program and celebrations.

Payments are preferred by direct deposit electronic only (NO over the counter) to:

Account name: OLOL Church projects account
BSB : 067-950 Account No: 00002442

Reference: Should be First initial and Surname …(eg: Tony Sarkis ……… T SARKIS ) only
Alternatively cash or cheque payments are to be placed in an envelope clearly labelled with your child’s name and your contact phone no.
All cheques payable to: Our Lady of Lebanon Co- Cathedral

Item

Girls

Boys

Text books

15

15

Admin Costs

20

20

Gifts (Bible, Rosary beadds, Certificates, etc)

35

35

Gown/Cross/Belt (hire only)

30

30

Altar & Church Flowers decorations

35

35

Halo (head piece)

25

NIL

Photos (at least 7)

50

50

DVD

40

40

Deposit**

100

100

TOTAL

$350

$325

** NO photos or DVD will be issued until the gown is returned. The cost of gowns are for hire only. (gowns need to be dry-cleaned before returned and $100 deposit will be refunded).
Please Note: For more than one child receiving Holy Communion parents only have to pay for one (1) DVD.

 


2017 Lesson Schedule

GROUP 1 (Sunday 11th June 2017)

Mon 30th Jan

7:15pm sharp

Information Night

Church Hall

Wed 1rd Feb

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 1– INTRO /CREED/CHURCH ORIGINS

Saints Rooms

Wed 8th Feb

Teachers Meeting

5:00 – 6:15pm

PARENTS SESSION

Seniors Room

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 2– SACRAMENTS / VOCATIONS

Saints Rooms

Wed 15th Feb

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 3 – SIN / ADAM&EVE

Saints Rooms

Wed 22th Feb

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 4 – TEN COMMANDMENTS

Saints Rooms

Wed 1st  Mar

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 5 – TEN COMMANDMENTS

Saints Rooms

Wed 8th Mar

Teachers Meeting

5:00 – 6:15pm

PARENTS SESSION

Seniors Room

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 6 – RECONCILIATION/ SANCTIFYING GRACE

Saints Rooms

Wed 15th Mar

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 7 –  PARABLES ON GODS FORGIVENESS

(LOST SHEEP & PRODIGAL SON)

Saints Rooms

Wed 22nd Mar

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 8 – STEPS TO RECONCILATION

Saints Rooms

Tue 28th Mar

4:15 – 5:15pm

RECONCILATION SACRAMENT

CHURCH

Wed 29th Mar

NO CLASS

NO CLASS Group 1 only

 

Wed 5th Apr

S C H O O L    H O L I D A Y S

Wed 19th Apr

Wed 26th Apr Teachers Meeting

5:00 – 6:15pm

PARENTS SESSION

Seniors Room

5:00 – 6:30pm

LESSON 9 – HOLY COMMUNION / SACRIFICE

Saints Rooms

Wed 3rd  May

5:00 – 6:30pm

LESSON 10 –  HOLY THURSDAY / CRAFT

Saints Rooms

Wed 10th May

5:00 – 6:30pm

LESSON 11 –  THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT &

THE MASS

Saints Rooms

Wed 17h May

5:00 – 6:30pm

LESSON 12 – THE MASS with FR TONY

Saints Rooms

Wed 24th  May Teachers Meeting

5:00 – 6:15pm

PARENTS SESSION

Seniors Room

5:00 – 6:30pm

LESSON 13-  (ROSARY/ROLE DISTRIBUTION

Saints Rooms

Wed 31st  May

4:00pm - 5:15pm

REHEARSAL - CHILDREN ONLY (NO PARENTS)

Saints Rooms

Wed 7th June  Teachers Meeting

Teacher Meetin

Meeting

4:00pm - 5:15pm

REHEARSAL - CHILDREN ONLY (NO PARENTS)

CHURCH

Sat 10th June

11:00 – 12:30pm

CHILDREN & PARENTS REHEARSAL

CHURCH

Sun 11th June

2:00pm

HOLY COMMUNION MASS

CHURCH

 

GROUP 2 (Sunday 18th June 2017)

Mon 30th  Jan

7:15pm sharp

Information Night

Church Hall

Wed 1rd Feb

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 1– INTRO /CREED/CHURCH ORIGINS

Saints Rooms

Wed 8th Feb

Teachers Meeting

5:00 – 6:15pm

PARENTS SESSION

Seniors Room

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 2– SACRAMENTS / VOCATIONS

Saints Rooms

Wed 15th Feb

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 3 – SIN / ADAM&EVE

Saints Rooms

Wed 22th Feb

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 4 – TEN COMMANDMENTS

Saints Rooms

Wed 1st  Mar

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 5 – TEN COMMANDMENTS

Saints Rooms

Wed 5th Mar

Teachers Meeting

5:00 – 6:15pm

PARENTS SESSION

Seniors Room

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 6 – RECONCILIATION/ SANCTIFYING GRACE

Saints Rooms

Wed 16th Mar

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 7 –  PARABLES ON GODS FORGIVENESS

(LOST SHEEP & PRODIGAL SON)

Saints Rooms

Wed 22nd Mar

5:00 – 6:30pm

Lesson 8 – STEPS TO RECONCILATION

Saints Rooms

Wed 29th Mar

4:15 – 5:15pm

RECONCILATION SACRAMENT

CHURCH

Wed 5th Apr

S C H O O L    H O L I D A Y S

Wed 19th Apr

Wed 26th Apr Teachers Meeting

5:00 – 6:15pm

PARENTS SESSION

Seniors Room

5:00 – 6:30pm

LESSON 9 – HOLY COMMUNION / SACRIFICE

Saints Rooms

Wed 3rd May

5:00 – 6:30pm

LESSON 10 –  HOLY THURSDAY / CRAFT

Saints Rooms

Wed 10th May

5:00 – 6:30pm

LESSON 11 –  THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT &

THE MASS

Saints Rooms

Wed 17h May

5:00 – 6:30pm

LESSON 12 – THE MASS with FR TONY

Saints Rooms

Wed 24th  May

 

5:00 – 6:15pm

PARENTS SESSION

Seniors Room

 

5:00 – 6:30pm

LESSON 13-  (ROSARY/ROLE DISTRIBUTION

Saints Rooms

Wed 31st  May

4:00pm - 5:15pm

REHEARSAL - CHILDREN ONLY (NO PARENTS)

Saints Rooms

Wed 7th  June

  

NO LESSON –

 

 

Wed 14th June  Teachers Meeting

Teacher Meetin

Meeting

4:00pm - 5:15pm

REHEARSAL - CHILDREN ONLY (NO PARENTS)

CHURCH

Sat 17th June

11:00 – 12:30pm

CHILDREN & PARENTS REHEARSAL

CHURCH

Sun 18th June

2:00pm

HOLY COMMUNION MASS

CHURCH

Reminder: GOWNS TO BE RETURNED: Group 1 - Thursday 18th June 2015 Group 2 - Thursday 9th July 2015 Notification will be send for any changes

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