Sacramental Program Coordinator
Specific Activities The role of the Catechist is to teach parish children and prepare them for each of the Sacraments: First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Each course involves six one-hour lessons. Related duties and tasks include:
- Attending planning meetings with Parish Priest and St Joseph’s Primary School staff prior and at times during each of the sacramental programs;
- Assisting in the planning and running of a weekday retreat held for Communion and Confirmation;
- Liaising with Parish Priest, Parish Secretary, St Joseph’s school staff and the families of the parish children;
- Attending a Parent Information Evening for each sacrament;
- Attending each of the celebrations for the sacraments – Reconciliation on a weekday evening, Communion on a weekend and Confirmation on a Friday evening;
- Attending a Sunday Liturgy for a commitment Mass prior to each of the sacraments.
- Lesson preparation (varies)
- Planning meetings, generally after school (approximately 5 hours in total)
- Commitment Masses (Saturday/Sunday) (approximately 3 hours)
- Three Parent Information evenings (3 hours)
- Lessons for each of the 3 sacraments (approximately 18 hours)
- Two Retreat Days (generally 9am-3pm)
- Celebration of each Sacrament (3 hours)
- is a trained primary teacher;
- has a clear understanding of theology;
- can work within time constraints to prepare the parish children for the sacraments;
- is approachable and friendly towards the families;
- has good organisational and time management skills; and
- is generous with time and committed to the ministry.
Specific Activities The Group works with new parents on all aspects of the baptism of children, including:
- Preparation Meeting for parents prior to the baptism of their first child;
- Assisting at Baptism ceremonies;
- Hospitality at Preparation Meetings;
- Making the baptism stoles and putting symbols on them
- Conducting the ‘Godstart’ Program, which involves sending birthday cards to children up till their fourth birthday.
- Attendance at Preparation Meetings: approximately 1½ hours. Team members are rostered so usually only attend about three per year while Coordinators attend all meetings.
- Stoles are made on a number of occasions throughout the year: approximately 12 hours for 60 stoles.
- Attendance at Baptisms for Team Members: approximately three hours per year;
- Updating material used: several hours, depending on the number of changes.
- The time commitment for sending out birthday cards varies each month.
- Following up inquiries;
- Sending a letter to invite first-time parents to a Preparation Meeting and enclosing reading matter, ‘Your Baby’s Baptism’;
- Visiting parents when necessary;
- At the Preparation Meeting: Presenting/Operating the Data Projector/Hospitality;
- Preparing Baptism Certificates and Leaflets for Godparents and keeping records up to date;
- Preparing a package for the parents which includes a stole, Prayers of Intercession, Scripture Reading for the ceremony and a candle;
- Making stoles and applying symbols.
- To give participants in the Preparation Meeting a greater experience of community:
- To enable participants to reflect on their experience of having a new child in their family and its meaning for them;
- To provide an opportunity for parents to reflect on their own faith and hopefully to deepen it;
- To provide an experience of ‘Church’ which may in some way touch those for whom the church has become irrelevant;
- To put participants in touch with their own understanding of Baptism;
- To help them to become familiar with the Baptism ceremony – emphasizing the words and symbols used;
- To clarify the role of Godparents;
- To take the ‘Godstart’ Program a step further by arranging meetings for the parents; and
- To set up an annual ‘Get-Together’ for the parents of all whose children have been baptised during the year.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Specific Activities The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process of welcoming into our community those adults who are seeking faith. The community supports these inquirers by their own faith, prayer and support of those who wish to undertake the spiritual journey to Easter sacraments. A small group gathers regularly over an extended period to journey with these inquirers. They:
- offer welcome;
- listen to the stories of the inquirers;
- share their own faith with them, helping them learn to ponder the Word of God and so help the inquirers gradually to come to know the Jesus of the Gospels
Anointing of the Sick and Friendship Group
Specific Activities Members provide refreshments at the monthly Anointing of the Sick Mass and assist with transport for parishioners when possible. Time Commitment Required by Members The Anointing of the Sick Mass is held on the third Tuesday of every month, and members generally help for approximately 3 hours. New Members New members are welcome, and parishioners can provide assistance for single events or tasks such as assisting with refreshments on a particular day or providing transport. Coordinator t.b.c.