Sacramental Programme for 
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Children in Year 3 will prepare for their First Reconciliation during Term 1 this year. 
First Holy Communion follows the receipt of the Sacrament of Reconciliation usually in Term 3.

The Sacramental Programme commences with a Parent Information Night which will be held on Thursday, 4th March at 7.00pm in St Joseph's Parish Hall, Parker St Rockdale. The children and at least one parent must attend a Mass on the weekend of 6 & 7 March for their Commitment to the program.


Only ONE parent or guardian of a child is allowed to attend this meeting and the children do not attend.

The Registration Form for the programme will be handed out on the night. There may be some general information about the First Holy Communion program also. Please let your friends know about this meeting.

The children must attend four Lessons of Preparations for First Reconciliation on Sunday mornings.


There is parking in the school grounds off Parker St, Rockdale, just up from the Centrelink roundabout.

Sacramental Programme for Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually celebrated by the children in Years 5 or Year 6, after they have received their First Holy Communion, Confirmations are normally held every two years in the even years.  However, due to Covid-19 Confirmation was not held in 2020.

This year 2021, the children who are currently in Year 6 those in Year 7 who missed out last year will be Confirmed. It is possible that Confirmation will have to take place each year while the virus is still in our communities as numbers are restricted in our churches.

The dates for Confirmation in 2021 are - 

  • St Joseph's Rockdale - Thursday 10th June

  • St Gabriel's Bexley - Tuesday 15th June

  • St Francis Xavier's Arncliffe - Thursday 24th June

Following a Parent Information Night and a Commitment Mass on the weekend, the children will attend four Lessons of Preparations for Confirmation on Sundays.