Training for Sacramental co-ordinators will take place on 10th October in Mt. St. Anne’s from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Bookings via FDS office.

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Sacramental Co-ordinators

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 are asking parishes intending to use the programme to prepare for Confirmation in the coming year to consider appointing a Sacramental Coordinator.

This might be someone from last 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.

Tasks

Some of the tasks of the Sacramental Coordinators 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

Training 10th October

A training session for these Sacramental Coordinators will be offered on Saturday, October 10th in Mt St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, 10:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

Please forward the name and contact details of the Sacramental Coordinator and advises whether they will be attending the training session to Christine on or before Friday, September 25th.-

Faith Development Services
Cathedral Parish Centre,
College Street, Carlow
Tel: 059-9164084
Fax: 059-9164020
Email fds@kandle.ie

Further information please contact

Maeve Mahon at FDS – maeve@mahon@kandle.ie