St Helena's Catholic Primary School is part of the St Helena of the Holy Cross Parish, Ellenbrook. Sacraments are sacred community events, which remind us of the role of the community in our faith life. The family focused, parish-based, school supported sacramental program is supported by the school through the implementation of units of work from the Religious Education Curriculum.
The Role of Parents
Parents are the first faith educators of their children and most particularly model this through the witness of their lives. Parent involvement in sacramental preparation is crucial in shaping the values and attitudes of each child. Knowledge is not the key factor for parents but faith and a willingness to spend time sharing with their child is an important element.
Parents need to attend a Parish Mass to register their children for any of the Sacraments in 2017. The enrolment masses will be conducted on the following dates:
- Reconciliation Enrolment Mass - 25 & 26 February
- Eucharist Enrolment Mass - 1 & 2 April
- Confirmation Enrolment Mass - 29 & 30 July
Parents of children in Year 3 (Reconciliation), Year 4 (Eucharist) and Year 6 (Confirmation) will be asked to REGISTER their child for the reception of the Sacrament.
Reconciliation is vital in all our lives and focuses on how we restore peace when we make mistakes or do wrong and how God's desire to forgive and heal is offered to us through reconciliation.
Eucharist is a Greek word meaning "thanksgiving." The Eucharist is a celebration of the Christian community in which all are included. The celebration is there to nourish and nurture us, so that strengthened by God's word, we are enabled to act and live with courage and commitment as disciples of Jesus in our world.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the third Sacrament of Initiation. Confirmation is intimately linked to Baptism. In Confirmation, your child is now confirming their Christian faith as their own, and in doing so are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, anointed with the oil of chrism and sent as witnesses of God in the world.
The family is the place where a child's real education in faith occurs. What happens within the family shapes the child's appreciation of God, the Church and the child's encounter with God through the Sacraments. We ask then that parents also make a commitment to this Sacramental Program by attending a Commitment Mass and the relevant workshop sessions. This encouragement and support will enable your child to benefit from the best preparation possible.