Conference looks at the sacramental journey of older children

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Conference looks at the sacramental journey of older children

The sacramental journey of older children is one of the focuses of a State Conference to be held in Launceston on September 19.

The conference which includes keynote speakers Archbishop Julian and sacramental theology expert Rev Dr Elio Capra, is aimed at those involved in Christian initiation, including parish sacrament, RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) and baptism teams.

Archdiocese of Hobart Director of the Office of Formation in Faith and event organiser, Ben Brooks, said he hoped to see priests, teachers, catechists, parishioners and families attending the conference.

Mr Brooks said while the sacramental journey of younger children completing their initiation was catered for through the parish based sacrament programs and adults being welcomed into the life of the Church was catered for through the RCIA process, there were few resources available for older children.

“Part of my job is to support parish sacrament teams as they journey with the families who present their children for the sacraments of confirmation and first holy communion, and baptism in some cases,” Mr Brooks said.

“The process that most parishes have adopted, and the resources they use, are generally aimed at children between the ages of seven and 11, but an increasing number of older children, 12-15 year olds, are enrolling for these sacraments, for a variety of reasons.
‘’Unfortunately there are not a lot of published resources aimed at them, and there are a number of rites that the Church provides for various situations, for children, for adults, for those unbaptised and those baptised in another denomination.

‘’The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the main document from which a process of preparation can be started but it is not always straight forward how best to apply these rites for individual candidates.’’

Fr Elio Capra, a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco, has a reputation as a dynamic public speaker.

He teaches liturgy and sacramental theology at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne, and has published books and articles on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Fr Capra has consulted on a new resource, developed by the Sale Diocese on the Christian initiation of teenagers.

The conference will be held the Pastoral Centre in Margaret St, Launceston, next to the Church of the Apostles, on Saturday, September 19, from 10am to 3.30pm.

To register, please contact Mr Brooks on 6208 6235 or email by Thursday, September 10.