Update October, 2021: According to our COVID roadmap our Church will open from the 25th October. Our Parish children finished their preparation for their First Reconciliation in July and will therefore need a ‘refresher’ lesson which we will have on Monday 1st November. We will then hold our First Reconciliation ceremonies on Tuesday 2nd November and Wednesday 3rd November. If your child attended the June/July sacramental lessons for First Reconciliation please ensure that you have received an email dated 1st October which suggests the next steps. Please do not hesitate to contact the Sacramental Coordinator by email or phone the Parish Office 97431023.

August 2021 – Simon Yeats, the Sacramental and RCIA coordinator for the Life, Marriage and Family Centre of the Sydney Archdiocese recently put together an online discussion on how to ‘Accompany Children in their preparation for Reconciliation/Holy Communion/Confirmation’. Please find below the discussion on Reconciliation. We hope it will be beneficial to you as an added formation tool for parents, as the principal educators in the faith.

Accompanying Children in their preparation for Reconciliation –

Key dates for First Reconciliation 2021

Parent Information Night: Thurs 10 June @ 7pm

Sessions (four sessions held in St Ambrose Church): 3.30pm, 5.30pm or 7pm on Thurs 17 June, 24 June, 15 July and 22 July OR 3.30pm on Fri 18 June, 25 June, 16 July and 23 July.

Ceremonies: Saturday 31 July, 7 Aug or 14 Aug @ 2pm

Pick up a registration form from the Church foyer or download the registration form from here, complete and return to the IN box at the Parish House OR email to sacraments@stambrose.org.au.

The registration form needs to be returned asap.

Download the Celebration of Sacraments 2021 which will give you further information on all sacraments.

Please note: Registration letters were sent to local schools during the week beginning 1st March 2021 – all year 2 students at St Ambrose Primary and all year 2 Catholic Scripture students at Concord West Public, Strathfield North Public and Victoria Ave Public were given a registration letter to take home.

Please contact the Sacramental Coordinator on 97431023 (Fridays) or email sacraments@stambrose.org.au with any questions.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession, celebrates God’s forgiveness and is a prerequisite to the celebration of First Holy Communion.

First Reconciliation is a parish-based program. To participate in the program a child must be a baptised Catholic.  This sacrament is offered to children from Year 2 onwards.  The program also caters for older children, so if children have missed out in previous years, they are still welcome to enrol.

This program begins in Term 2 of the school year.  it begins with an information evening for parents, and then continues with four 1 hour parish based, group sessions with both child and a parent. 

For more information please contact the Sacramental Coordinator at sacraments@stambrose.org.au or 97431023.