May 30, 2019
This year at Downlands a Sacramental Program has been introduced for students in the Junior School. The program has involved preparation for Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist.
A program such as this fulfils and reflects our call to live as family and as community. As a community of believers, we aim to build on our faith formation through the Sacraments. The Sacraments are the platform for our conviction that God is ever-present; we experience God all the time through the people around us, in nature and through the ‘ordinary’ in life – in everyday things, events and places.
Our Sacramental Program began with Reconciliation in Term 1. This was followed by sessions in preparation for Confirmation; nine students celebrated this sacrament on the evening of Wednesday 22 May, with Bishop Robert McGuckin presiding. Finally, students will receive First Eucharist in the Downlands Chapel on 23 June, with Fr Vince Carroll presiding.
Our Junior School Sacramental Program has been a very exciting initiative for Downlands and has provided us with another opportunity to build on the faith journey of our young students, as well as bring community together.