Session one - Come to the water
As Jesus was coming up out of the water the Spirit came down upon him and a voice from heaven said, 'You are my Son, whom I love.'
Our children are preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession), Confirmation and First Communion.
Baptism means to 'plunge in water'. Confirmation is anointing the forehead with holy oil. Eucharist is Communion.
Our children will receive Confirmation and First Communion at the same Mass in the spring/early summer.
The children discover the treasures of the church and learn about each one.
Chrism is the oil used to anoint in Confirmation and one of the oils used in Baptism. It is consecrated by the Bishop each year in the Cathedral and sent to every parish in the Archdiocese.
The sanctuary lamp is kept lit to show that the Eucharist is in the tabernacle. Jesus is present. That is why we bow or genuflect when we come into church.
The altar is the centre of the area called the Sanctuary and is a symbol of the risen Jesus in the midst of our community.
The Easter Candle (or Paschal Candle) is new every Easter to celebrate the Risen Jesus. The two symbols, Alpha and Omega, remind us hat Jesus is the beginning and the end.
The lectionary is the book you will find on the lectern. It contains readings from the Old and New Testaments.
A stole is shaped like a scarf and is worn by the priest, around his neck and hanging down either side, when he celebrates the Sacraments.