The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments.
There are seven sacraments in total. At school the children receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Our celebrations of the sacraments are signs of Jesus' presence in our lives and a means for receiving his grace.
At St. John's we believe that it is important for children of the Catholic faith to take part in the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation. The children have an excellent understanding of how taking part in these sacraments provide a greater relationship between themselves and God.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
This Sacrament focusses on the asking for God's mercy and forgiveness for the sins that have been committed. The confession of sins enables the children to be forgiven and reconcile themselves with God.
Children in Year 3 receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They start preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the month of September in Year 3.
Sacrament of Holy Communion
This Sacrament focusses on the Eucharist which nourishes our life of faith. The signs of the bread and wine we receive are the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Children in Year 3 receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. They start preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Communion in May during Year 3.
The preparation takes place during RE lessons and there are also meetings between school, parents and the parish priest. These sacraments are widely celebrated by the entire school and parish community.
The children start their preparation in year 6, via their RE lessons, ready to receive the Sacrament during the school year.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered every year and conferred through anointing with chrism and the laying on of hands.
Once again, there are meetings between school, parents and parish priest in order to assist parents with preparing their children. The children are extremely excited about encouraging all their family and friends to come join them in church on the night of their confirmation.