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  • Sacraments

    sacrementsIn our diocese, Sacraments of Initiation are:

    • family-centred
    • parish-based
    • school and catechist supported.

    Our approach is one where we strive to achieve the right balance between being a community of Christ and allowing families the opportunity to understand the commitment to Christian living that initiation entails.

    In families, children:

    • learn who they are and that they are loved
    • first experience celebration, forgiveness and prayer
    • share meals and talk together about happenings in their lives
    • learn to celebrate achievements and to support each other in difficult times
    • are introduced to the parish community

    The focus for parents and family members is to show children, in practical ways, how to live good lives and bring them to the fullness of human and Christian maturity.

    Parishes

    Through on-going experiences in parish life, children:

    • experience a sense of belonging to the local parish and to the wider community of believers
    • experience a sense of the sacred and a sense of the wonder of God
    • are challenged to hear  the Word of God, celebrate it and live it as Christians in the world
    • meet people who are enabled to live out the Gospel in a variety of pastoral ministries

    The focus for the parish community is to invite all to share in the life of the Catholic community, and recognise there are times when a unique response is called for to support a child in their faith journey.

    Schools

    The Catholic school is often the ‘face of the church’ for young people and their families.Children are educated about sacraments in a curriculum framework that:

    • is sequential and age appropriate
    • provides sound teaching and learning experiences that meets the needs of the individual learner..
    • is in keeping with diocesan policy

    The focus for the school is not merely to provide a formal education in faith but to nurture young people in an environment that leads them to develop their personal relationship with God.

     Catechists

    The focus for Catechist groups is to support children and families in the parish Sacraments process and provide Religious education for young people not attending Catholic schools.