Reconciliation is a place where the garbage in our lives can encounter the mercy of God…

The sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession or Penance, is celebrated at St Paul’s Parish every Saturday in the church from 5pm – 5.30pm and each Tuesday from 5.15 – 5.45pm (during Adoration).

Additionally, the communal celebration of the sacrament (2nd Rite) is celebrated before Easter and Christmas.

  • A Night of Mercy in Advent will be held on Thursday 21 December 2017, at 7pm
  • A Night of Mercy in Lent will be held on Friday 23 March 2018, at 7pm

First Reconciliation

The minimum age for this sacrament is a child in Year 3. Our Parish runs a joint First Reconciliation/First Eucharist program. This means that all children in Year 3 and above will be able to receive both of these sacraments in the same year. In 2017, Reconciliation will be celebrated during term 2 (late April – late June) and Communion in term 3 (late July – early September).

Parent Information Nights (where enrolment forms and additional information are distributed) are advertised in advance, through the schools and the Parish Bulletin, and attendance at preparation classes is compulsory.

2017 program

  • Any family who wish for their child or children to make these Sacraments in 2017 need to collect an enrolment form at any weekend Mass on the weekend of 13–14 May. The minimum age to receive these sacraments is a child in Year Three. Older children are also welcome.
  • These forms need to be filled in and brought to the Parent Information Evening. You may only pick up a form for your child. No one will be permitted to pick up a form for another family or child.
  • If you are unable to collect a form before the Parent Information Meeting, you can collect a form and return it on 20-21 May.
  • The combined cost for both Reconciliation and First Communion Programs is $50. (Twins are $80)

Parent Information Evening

  • Wednesday 17 May from 7pm – 8.30pm in St Paul’s Church.
  • NB: All families who are presenting children for these Sacraments MUST be represented at this gathering where important details about the Sacraments will be given to families. If not present at this meeting, their child will not be able to receive the Sacrament this year.
  • Children Receiving Baptism
    Information Evening for families who wish their child/children to make their First Reconciliation and/or First Holy Communion BUT whose children are not baptised or have been baptised in a Christian church other than Catholic. This evening is in addition to the Parent Information Evening above.
  • Wednesday 24 May from 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Ceremony for Baptism (& Reception into the Catholic Church) Sunday 4 June at 12:15pm

First RECONCILIATION

  • Lesson 1: Saturday 27 May or Monday 29 May
  • Lesson 2: Saturday 3 June or Monday 5 June
  • No lessons on the June long weekend
  • Lesson 3: Saturday 17 June or Monday 19 June
  • Lesson 4: Given on the Preparation Day 20 June

Two Parent Sessions:

  • 1 (Parents only in St Joseph’s meeting Room) during Lesson 2
  • 2 (With children in the Hall) during Lesson 3

Reconciliation Preparation Day: Tuesday 20 June

Ceremonies: Various ceremonies will be offered between 24 June and 1 July. You choose which ceremony you prefer. A limit of eight candidates per session (four for the standard parish sessions). The following dates and times will become active links to an event booking after the Parent Information Session on 17 May.

  • Saturday 24 June 4.30pm
  • Saturday 24 June 5pm*
  • Tuesday 27 June 4pm
  • Tuesday 27 June 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 June 5:15pm*
  • Wednesday 28 June 6pm
  • Wednesday 28 June 6.30pm
  • Thursday 29 June 4.30pm
  • Saturday 1 July 4.30pm
  • Saturday 1 July 5pm*

* These are standard parish sessions which are open to other parishioners