Sacramental Preparation in Catholic Schools
The Executive Directive – Sacramental Preparation outlines the role of Catholic Education Western Australia Ltd (CEWA) in supporting sacramental programs for young people.
Sources of authority
Catholic Education Commission Western Australia Catholic Identity Policy – Effective February 2021
- The sacraments take place within the context of the Christian community, called a parish.
- Preparation for sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation is family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported.
- Catholic schools respect the primary role of the family in the faith education of their children and partners with families in the preparation of children for the sacraments.
- Catholic schools will partner with the parish in preparing for and celebrating the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
- Young people will receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation in their local parish church wherever possible.
- The principals must ensure learning and teaching about the sacraments is implemented through the Religious Education Programme.
- The principals must ensure students are provided with opportunities for catechesis through ritual prayer experiences and sacramental celebrations as part of the life of the school.
- The principal must inform families about the processes available in their relevant parishes for sacramental preparation.
- The principal must ensure school leadership is appropriately represented on, and contributes to, the parish sacramental team.
- The principal must ensure that the school partners with the Parish in preparing young people to receive and celebrate the sacraments.
- The principal must ensure that wherever possible the school, works closely with the parish by providing resources and personnel to support parish-based celebrations of the sacraments.