Ages and the order for Childrens Sacraments
In the year when children turn eight or older, they are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation administered by the Bishop or his delegate.
The next year, in the year when children turn nine or older, they are welcomed to the Lord’s Table and receive Eucharist. This is the climax of their Christian initiation.
And the year after that, in the year when children turn ten or older, they are prepared to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance with individual confession and absolution (the First Rite).
Celebrations of the Sacraments are not isolated events. They take their place within a process of growth in faith from birth to adolescence. Discernment of a child's readiness for the Sacraments by parents and pastor is more important than the child's age or year level and might meant that the Sacraments are celebrated later than the norm. (If you have any concerns, you are welcome to discuss this with one of our priests at the Parent Information Night.)
from the Sacramental Policy of the Archdiocese of Brisbane on Christian Initiation for Children. Click Here For More Information.
The parent nights for this sacrament of are held at 7.00pm at Stella Maris Church on Tuesday 9th or Monday 15th of March. At least one parent must be attend one of these meetings for any child who is hoping to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation this year.
Please note this program will only be offered once in 2021.
It is also important to be aware that if your child was baptised in another Christian faith, they may be confirmed Catholic if at least one parent is Catholic. It is important for us to be aware of this a head of time as they do need to be received into the Catholic Church before they are confirmed. This is a very simple process.
For preparation and contract tracing purposes we need everyone to register a head of time for the meeting. This is done via the Eventbrite link below