Sacramental Coordinators are invited to a gathering in Mt. St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard on Saturday, October 9th
We will begin at 10:00a.m. and finish with a light lunch of soup and sandwiches at 1:00p.m. There are now 32 parishes with named Sacramental Coordinators and we look forward to welcoming new people on the day. To read more about the work of the Sacramental Coordinator please click here. All Sacramental Coordinators currently on our database have received an invitation to this meeting and a similar invitation has been sent to all those involved in parish leadership in the diocese. Having listened to the needs of the Sacramental Coordinator’s at our last gathering in May the agenda for the day is as follows:
- 10:00 – Welcome and Introductions
- 10:15 – Prayer
- 10:20 – Update on issues concerning Sacramental Coordinators
- Time for questions
- 10:40 – Sacramental Initiation; The Journey from B – C
- 11:15 – Coffee
- 11:30 – Managing Groups of Children
- 12:00 – Reflection, Discussion and Feedback
- 12:45 – Prayer
- 1:00 – Lunch
The day will be facilitated by Elaine Mahon, Maeve Mahon and Rev. Thomas O’Byrne. In order to facilitate the catering staff in Mt. St. Anne’s please indicate whether or not you will be staying for lunch by Monday, September 27th. You can do this by e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 059 9164084.
Appointing a Sacramental Coordinator in the parish:
One of the major learnings from the initial use of the new Confirmation programme, You Shall Be My Witnesses’, was the need for someone to take responsibility for coordinating it in the parish. It does require quite a bit of organisation and many parishes found that they needed someone other than the priest to take on this work. In order to facilitate this we ask parishes to consider appointing a Sacramental Coordinator. This might be someone from a previous year’s parent volunteers who will have the added advantage of being familiar with the programme or it may be a parish pastoral worker, parish team member, parish council member or anyone else of your choosing. It may be a good idea to have one overall coordinator who can then appoint a liaison person for each school using the programme within the parish.
Some of the tasks of the Sacramental Coordinator might include:
- Liaise with school and parish to ascertain number of children who are preparing for Confirmation
- Ensure that the material for programme is ordered from FDS office
- Organise an information night for parents. Where possible they will also facilitate this meeting using the available material.
- Ensure that the Child Protection Policy of the diocese as laid out in the programme is followed
- Organise the parent volunteers to attend a diocesan training session
- Meet with parent volunteers following training to review the material and organise the programme in the parish
- Liaise with priest/parish team members and teachers to keep them informed of the programme and obtain their help and support when necessary.
- Maintain contact with individual school liaison people and or parent volunteers for the duration of the programme
- Encourage parental involvement and support for the programme particularly the prayer element