Executive Directive

Sacramental Preparation in Catholic Schools

Catholic Identity


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

Archdiocese of Perth, Sacramental Policy for School-Aged Children, 2014


  1. The sacraments take place within the context of the Christian community, called a parish.
  2. Preparation for sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation is family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported.
  3. 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.
  4. Catholic schools will partner with the parish in preparing for and celebrating the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
  5. Young people will receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation in their local parish church wherever possible.


  1. The principals must ensure learning and teaching about the sacraments is implemented through the Religious Education Programme.
  2. 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.
  3. The principal must inform families about the processes available in their relevant parishes for sacramental preparation.
  4. The principal must ensure school leadership is appropriately represented on, and contributes to, the parish sacramental team.
  5. The principal must ensure that the school partners with the Parish in preparing young people to receive and celebrate the sacraments.
  6. 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.


This directive is reviewed annually by the Executive Director.
Effective date
February, 2021
Date of last amendment
Date of policy review
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