Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
BAPTISMS and WEDDINGS
Please contact the parish office on
9580 1310; email@example.com
Baptism Application Form
Please contact the parish office before completing this form. Thank you.
There will be NO Baptisms on the following Sunday/s in 2017:
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM (PARISH-BASED)
St Declan's Parish Penshurst runs a parish based Sacramental program which is very successful. The parents’ involvement in the preparation lessons of each of the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation proves to be an opportunity to walk together with their children on their spiritual journey. The preparation lessons are presented by the Sacramental Team (comprising of priests and laity). The positive feedback we have had from parents in the past has indicated that we should follow this format.
Many parents feel inadequate when it comes to teaching their children about their religion. It is important to remember however, that children do not need to have a detailed knowledge of the Sacraments. They simply need to have an appreciation of such concepts as sorrow, forgiveness, belonging, reverence and love. By attending the classes together you have the opportunity to answer questions your children may ask, which may help to bond your faith relationship closer. Teachers and catechists will also reinforce our sacramental program in the schools, as usual.
Some parents may be thinking; “The children are learning about their faith at school. Why do I now have to teach them myself?” In response to this question it is important to remember the statement from the Second Vatican Council that parents are “the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith”. We at St Declan’s parish believe that it is a privilege to be able to help one’s children to deepen their faith and to assist them to develop Christian values for their lives.
There is a Parents Information Evening at which the parents/guardians get to meet the Sacramental Team and learn more about what is involved in each program. This is then followed by a number of gatherings within a three to four week period depending on the Sacrament. We must stress however, the importance of at least one parent/guardian being at all of the gatherings with their child.
Enrolment forms for each of the Sacraments will be available two weeks prior to the Information Evening, from the Parish Office and on this website. The forms must be completed and returned to the Parish Office at the required date.
We keep in our prayers the 92 children who made their First Holy Communion
on the weekend of 24th and 25th June.
We pray that this special celebration of Holy Communion is the first of many communions
with Jesus, and that Jesus will always remain close and deep within their hearts.
Congratulations to the 95 young men and women who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend.
We pray that they continue to allow the Holy Spirit to guide them.
A reminder that enrolment forms for First Reconciliation (the child must be in year 2 or older) will be available from the 2nd of October from the website, at the Parish Office, or the church sacristy. Any enquiries, please contact Lynne (details below).
If you would like any information about our Parish-based Sacramental Programs please contact Lynne Taylor at the Parish Office on 9580 1310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
92 Penshurst St PENSHURST NSW 2222 | Phone: 9580 1310 | Fax: 9580 7170 | Email:email@example.com