Many individuals and families are actively involved in sacramental preparation each year in every parish, and these periods of engagement with the parish community can be times of real grace. This workshop will look in particular at the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion) and First Reconciliation to explore practical and effective ways to bring the Good News to children and parents during this time. How can Christ and the story of faith be presented in a relevant, meaningful and engaging way? How can spiritual nourishment and growth be fostered? How can further participation in parish life be encouraged well beyond the conferral of the first sacraments? Answering these questions in creative ways will bear fruit in our parishes at these key moments in the lives of children, individuals, families and the whole parish community.
Marguerite Martin is a wife, mother, grandmother and teacher who has a passionate belief that parish-based sacramental programs are enormous opportunities to evangelise. Marguerite has been the Pastoral Associate of St Vincent's Catholic Parish, Ashfield, in Sydney's Inner West, since 2007 where her main focus has been facilitating sacramental programs, the R.C.I.A, and co-ordinating Special Religious Education in State Schools. Prior to this engagement, Marguerite was a sacramental co-ordinator/pastoral worker in Hunters Hill. Marguerite has a wealth of practical experience in engaging people in the life of the parish.