Sacrament for parents

The purpose of this page is to help families/whanau to support your children as they learn about Sacrament.  It gives you some opening questions you could ask to start a conversation about what your child is learning in RE.  There is also some background information on the main ideas we are teaching to the children.

Questions you could ask:
- Which Sacraments do you know (year 2+)?
- What are the signs and symbols of the sacrament you are learning about (see below to see what each room is learning)?
- Why do you think we have Sacraments?
- You've been learning about the journey of life - what stage(s) are you looking forward to?  Why?
- For older children: What do you know about grace?
- Are there any questions you'd like to ask me about Sacraments?  (don't worry if you don't know the answer, tell your child you can try to find out - you could ask at school, Mrs Frances-Rees would be happy to discuss Sacrament)

We would like the children to grow in their understanding of Sacrament as they grow through the school.  To help with this we are teaching four key ideas about Sacrament across the school. 

These ideas are:
1. There are 7 sacraments:         
         Holy Orders, and          
         Anointing of the Sick

2. Each sacrament has its own symbols and rituals


3. Sacraments are a sign of God’s grace in the world and in us.
Grace means the power of God working in the world and working in us.  We can feel/experience this anytime, anywhere not just in the Sacraments.  But we recognise the Sacraments as a sign of God's grace and we believe that we always receive grace when we receive a Sacrament.  That is why we hope to attend regular Eucharist.  Although many people say they can ask forgiveness directly to God, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation we believe we are granted special grace by virtue of the Sacrament.  

4. Sacraments relate to your life journey (te wa)
The seven Sacraments align with major life events.  Although we continue to go back and receive Eucharist and Reconciliation again and again, these Sacraments are not given to children below the age of seven.  That is because developmentally, children of seven years and older can fully understand the difference between right and wrong.  We do Reconciliation before Eucharist because Eucharist is receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus and coming into full Communion with the whole Church.  To do this one must be in a state of grace i.e. be Reconciled to God for all the times we choose our will over His.  Reconciliation is not a one off Sacrament it is an ongoing form of support for us.

2016 Sacrament Focus

As we have composite classes we will swap our strand year level focus annually so that all children are exposed to all teaching levels.

Room Two - Baptism

Baptism is a special meeting with Jesus when people are welcomed into the ChurchThe rite, the rituals and symbols of BaptismBaptism makes people holy and is a symbol of cleansingBaptism helps people share in the life of the TrinityBaptism helps people share in God’s holiness - tapu and mana

Room 3 - Anointing of the Sick

How Jesus identified with people who need healing in mind, body and soul and how the Sacrament of Penance brings healingThe Sacrament of AnointingSacraments bring grace for all of the Christian lifeParticipation in the Eucharist

Room One - Reconciliation

The  Sacrament of Penance restores friendship with God and othersPeople receive forgiveness and healing and peace through Jesus by recognising their sins and saying sorry in the Sacrament of PenanceThe important parts of the Rite of the Sacrament of PenanceUnderstanding what personal sin is, taking responsibility for it and expressing sorrowUnderstanding what healing and growth means and how the Sacrament of Penance helps thisSin violates tapu and causes hurt to others and this is restored by reconciliationThrough the Sacrament of Penance people make peace with God and with each otherTimes of praying for forgiveness and saying sorry during the celebration of the Eucharist

Room 4 - Holy Orders

The meaning of Sacraments in the life of the churchThe ritual, symbol, rite and purpose of the Sacrament of Holy OrdersThe Eucharist as strength to go out and serve othersThe blessed and broken experiences of life

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