SJS LogoSacramental Program  2019          the-seven-sacraments-clipart-1     





Our 2019 Confirmation candidates all celebrated their sacrament at the 10.00am Mass on Sunday 30 June.

The congregation joined in what was a beautiful ceremony presided over by Monsignor Kevin.

In addition to the 29 students from local school communities, we had two young teens and two adults who were each Confirmed.

Congratulations to all the candidates and, in a special way, to all who assisted, supported and accompanied them –

parents, grandparents, sponsors, teachers and friends.

A big ‘thank-you’ also to the members of the community who prayed earnestly

for the candidates throughout their preparation – and those who left cards and gifts for them.





Next Program:



commences on Sunday 4 August 4.45pm

includes the Commitment Mass immediately after at 6pm




commences on Sunday 11 August 4.45pm

includes the Commitment Mass immediately after at






DATES and DETAILS for remainder of  2019





 Welcome & Introduction: 4.45pm    Sunday 4 August   [ALL candidates]

Classes: 4.45pm      Sundays 11, 18, 25 August, Sundays 1, 8 September

Rehearsal: 4.45pm    Sunday 15 September [ALL candidates]

Sacrament: 10.00am Mass    Sunday 22 September [ALL candidates]





Welcome and Introduction: 4.45pm    Sunday 11 August   [ALL candidates]

Classes:4.45pm     Sundays 18, 25 August, Sundays 1, 8,  September

Rehearsal: 4.45pm    Sunday 15 September [ALL candidates]

Sacrament: 5.00pm    Saturday 21 September [ALL candidates] 


You can find extra information, and reflections on each of the Sacraments

by accessing the Centre for Faith Enrichment here *


Cost of each program:

  • Families who are registered parishioners, and on the planned-giving scheme: $30 per child

  • Families who are registered, but not on the planned-giving scheme: $75 per child

  • Families who will have more than one child taking part in programs during the year -please contact Linda Brandon in the parish office to obtain a family discount.


Requirements for participation:

For all three of our Programs ALL candidates – whether from Catholic or State schools -  MUST attend

[1]the Welcome/Introductory session,

[2] the Rehearsal and

[3] the celebration of the Sacrament.

It is expected that parents will support their children by attending Mass with them on each of the Sundays during the sacramental program, regardless of whatever is their custom at other times.

Candidates attending State schools will attend all their classes at Saint Joseph’s, where the material they cover will be similar to the material which candidates at Catholic schools cover in their school syllabus.

All classes are conducted on Sundays from 4.45 – 5.45pm



A question people often ask:

At what age should my child be prepared?

In accordance with pastoral practice in the Archdiocese, we have adopted the following:

First Reconciliation:  from 8 years of age [Yr 3]

First Communion:  from 9 years of age [Yr 4/5]

Confirmation:   from 11 years of age [Year 6]

 It is important at all times to respect your child’s journey of faith, and the working of the Holy Spirit.

Please don’t assume that just because they’re in a particular grade that they’re ready to take that next step.

Please pray about your child’s faith and just as you have a conversation with God about their readiness,

have a conversation too, with your child.

This is especially important when it comes to Confirmation:

it is sometimes better to wait for a peaceful readiness

than to push for what you, as a parent, may want for your child.

Spiritual maturity

doesn’t have the same time-clock

as emotional/physical maturity,

nor the same predictability as

moving from one year level to the next at school.

Ask the Holy Spirit

for the gift of discernment.




Further enquiries:

ring Bart Welten on 9381 0400 on Mon/Wed/Fri

or email:



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