Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

Celebrating Reconciliation

Fr Linh is available to hear confessions at the following times:
  • At Nazareth Church, Grovedale - 12 noon on Saturdays
  • At St Therese Church, Torquay - after the 9.30am Wednesday Mass
  • At St Christopher's Church, Anglesea - after  6pm Mass Saturday 
You can also make an appointment with
Fr Linh by ringing the parish house on 52441986 

2024 Sacrament of Reconciliation

The registration for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is now open for all Parish children who have been baptised Catholic and are in Year 3 or above at one of our Parish Catholic Primary School. It’s a significant milestone in the sacramental life of your children and the Parish looks forward to celebrating with them.

Parents of the child preparing for the Sacrament are invited to enrol their child directly to the Parish, and attendance to all the following is required.

Formation Evening
The Sacrament of Reconciliation emphasises the relational nature of our Christian lives who always stand in need of God’s forgiving and healing love. Approximately an hour of Formation Evening is designed to bring both parents and child together to explore the nature of God’s love and mercy.

Date and time: Tuesday 5th March 2024, 5:45pm for 6:00pm start
Venue: St Therese Church, 43a Surfcoast Hwy Torquay


Date and time: Wednesday 6th March 2024, 5:45pm for 6:00pm start
Venue: Nazareth Church, 12 Griffith St Grovedale

Parents and candidate only must attend one of these workshops.

Rite of Enrolment Mass
The Rite of Enrolment Mass takes place within the context of a weekend Mass with the rest of our Parish community, at which Candidates are invited to make a commitment and receive a special blessing.

Saturday 2nd March, 6.00pm – St Christopher’s Church, Anglesea
Sunday 3rd March, 8.45am – St Therese Church, Torquay
Sunday 3rd March, 10.30am – Nazareth Church, Grovedale

Celebrating Reconciliation
The first Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place as follows:

Tuesday 19th March 2024 at 5.00pm at St Therese Church, Torquay
Tuesday 19th March at 6.30pm at St Therese Church, Torquay
Wednesday 20th March at 5.00pm at Nazareth Church, Grovedale
Wednesday 20th March at 6.30pm at Nazareth Church, Grovedale

If your child would like to celebrate with his or her school friends, please speak to your school's REL.

A levy of $50 is payable for each child enrolled in the Sacrament to cover the administration costs associated with the Sacrament, including a remuneration for co-ordinator and guest speaker, and is paid directly to the Parish.

Payment can be made via direct deposit (preferred option)

Nazareth Parish
BSB 083 347
Acc 65387 6245
Ref: Your child’s name and school

Payment by EFTPOS available at the door on the Family Evening. If paying at the family eveing, please come early to ensure we start the session on time.

Families experiencing financial difficulty, please contact the Parish Finance Officer, Brian McMahon, ph. 9412 8444 or e., to discuss about alternative arrangements.

Please take the time to complete the following form.

What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

Click here to complete Reconciliation Registration Form

Reconciliation is the sacrament of forgiveness and peace. It is an encounter with Christ that invites us to come home to him, to renew our relationship with him and to rest in his peace. It allows us to hear God's forgiveness in a very personal way.

Celebrating Reconciliation in our Parish

We hope that you take advantage of this wonderful sacrament; it is never too late to experience the healing and forgiveness of God, and the great sense of peace that comes with a right relationship.

Click here for a simple Guide to an Examination of Conscience based on the Beatitudes. 

Children in our Parish Schools will usually celebrate their First Reconciliation during Year 3 and will undertake a program of formation during that year of education.
Other children wishing to celebrate Reconciliation will also undertake a program of formation prior to receiving the Sacrament. Please make contact with the Parish Office, for more information.