The St Patricks Parish and St Joseph's School Sacramental Programme for 2014/2015 will begin in Term 4. In keeping with the guidelines of the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin and the philosophy of St Joseph's School, 'Reaching for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith', there will be a change in the way the Sacramental Programme is delivered. This has been approved by our Parish Priest Father Wayne Healey and the Board of Trustees of our school.
You as parents and the first educators of your children in their faith will now have a greater opportunity to participate in this process. In order to help and support you to achieve this, there will be 2 parent meetings prior the reception of each Sacrament. You will also be provided with the resources to help you work with your child at home.
Before the children may receive the Sacraments, it is a requirement that parents attend and participate fully in the programme. You will be asked to make a commitment to this programme if you want your child to participate in the next Sacramental Programme. If for some reason you are unable to fully participate at this stage, there will be an opportunity for you to enrol your child another year.
The programme is as follows:
Enrolment Mass - Sunday 2nd November at 9.30 am in St Patrick's Basilica
Parent Meeting 1 - Monday 3rd November at 7.00 pm at St Joseph's School
Parent Meeting 2 - Monday 17th November at 7,00 pm in the Dean O'Reilly Lounge
1st Reconciliation - Sunday 30th November straight after the 9.30 am Mass
Sunday 31st May 2015 in Term 2. The dates for the 2 parent meetings will be set nearer the time.
First Holy Communion
Sunday 16th August 2015 in Term 3. The dates for the 2 parent meetings will be set nearer the time.
There has been a letter sent home to children who will be involved in the Sacramental Programme. If you have any queries about the programme, please contact Adrienne Wylie on 434 8436 after the 24th October 2014.