Sacramentality and Sacraments

Sacramentality and Sacraments

Sacramentality implies having a sense of the holy and it involves an openness to participation in the sacraments.

Primary students attending morning mass in the college chapel

It means that members of the Iona College community find engagement in the formal rituals of the Catholic Church which can enhance their faith and life experience.

The sacraments themselves are perceptible signs (words, actions and rituals) that can touch our human nature, engaging believers in the grace of God through the action of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

The sacraments people are most likely to encounter at Iona are the Eucharist (Mass) and Penance (Reconciliation). In fact, the Eucharist, which is Christ’s gift of himself to each of us, is central to the daily life of Iona College.

Accessing the Sacramental Preparation

Many students at Iona have received the Catholic Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). However, for a variety of reasons, a number of our students have not received them.

Due to the Sacramental Policy in the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, some young Catholics will not fully celebrate the Sacrament of Penance (previously known as Reconciliation) until the year they turn ten years of age, which is generally Year 5. Therefore, some of our new students will not have received the Sacrament of Penance by the time they start at Iona.

Iona College is happy to discuss with parents the sacramental preparation process for any or all of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist or Penance if you would like to pursue this.

If you are interested in receiving more information about the College’s Sacramental Program, an email will be sent to all families in Term 1. Please keep an eye out for communication regarding this program.