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SACRAMENT PRESENTATIONS

MARIA FORDE SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION EVENINGS

I am delighted to announce that I will be returning to Sacramental presentations in 2022. COVID 19 put a halt to all of my presentations in the last two years and I have really missed sharing my love of Sacraments with students, parents and staff in Catholic schools thoughout the Melbourne, Sale, Ballarat and Sandhurst dioceses.

Due to ongoing concerns around future cancellations and lockdowns, I will be offering Sacramental presentations on line via zoom, webex and google meets in 2022 (I will revisit face to face presentations in 2023)

Online sacramental presentations have their advantages for staff, students and parents

1. Students spend special time with their parents / carers reflecting upon their Sacrament in the intimate setting of their home

2. Parents are able to attend these gatherings without additional child minding concerns

3. Staff no longer need to remain on site at school after hours but can join the meeting from their homes, leaving the presenter to prepare everything including opening and closing prayers. (Staff may also apply for accreditation hours)

With more than 20 years presenting under my belt, several albums (available on Itunes) and considerable postgraduate study in Theology, Spirituality and the Sacraments, I look forward to joining you online in 2022 to reflect upon the Sacraments of Initiation: Eucharist, Confirmation and the Sacrament of Healing: Reconcilation. :Presentations usually go for about an hour, often followed by Qand A from parents and REL / staff.

To book your school's / parishes Sacramental evening please contact Maria Forde on 0411158593 or email mariaforde1@gmail.com

I promise you a memorable evening!

In the meantime check out some of my other school resources available to you for free on Youtube

'Abba Father Daddy' - a song to teach children an understanding of the 'Our Father' Prayer

'Hail Mary Mother of God' - a song to teach children an understanding of the Hail Mary Prayer

'He has Risen' - a song celebrating the Risen Christ

'In my Father's House' - a song focussing upon the importance of caring for our planet


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Grade one / two teacher from Our Lady of Lourdes Bayswater:

We were learning about choices in RE today. I read a story that finishes with the parent saying 'I love you even though you wear me out!' At the end of the story Johnny said 'Thats like what Maria taught us last night... that our parents always love us even when we do the wrong thing. And so does Jesus' I nearly cried!! How lovely!! Even our juniors got something out of the night!! Thanks !!

'Maria Forde brings her spirit, warm personality, deep faith, authenticity, musical talent and wonderful voice to our school community, as she facilitates parent and children sacramental programs.

Parents and children are engaged and responsive to Maria as she tells stories, sings and plays the guitar, explains the rich symbolism and meaning of our sacraments and invites our community to prayer. Maria does so with a simplicity, authenticity and deep conviction.

As a community we look forward to Maria’s parent/child sacramental programs each year and walk away enriched in our understanding of our Catholic story, the Sacraments and our faith.'

Anthony McCluskey

Principal

St Mary Mac Killop Primary School

Keilor Downs

'Thank you for helping our children see a little more of themselves and for the gift of music you have shared' Mary Immaculate School Ivanhoe

'I want to thank you for a wonderful presentation. You guided us through the Sacrament in a spiritual, reflective and engaging way. I think everyone present was tuned into what you were doing. Our PP loved it and spoke so highly of the evening and told his parishioners.'

Rachele Oliver

Deputy Principal

St Andrews School

South Clayton

To book your 2019 Sacramental Days or Evenings please contact Maria on 0411158593 or mariaforde1@gmail.com

Please enjoy a selection of songs that I wrote to assist children with understanding the Sacraments