Reconciliation is meant to help us grow closer in ourrelationship with God by remembering to turn to Him before we speak and act. It is a time to pray for His gifts of love, wisdom and forgiveness in our daily lives. Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation begins in October with a parent-child mini retreat, which includes activities, scripture, prayer and a role play of the Rite of Reconciliation. The purpose of this evening is to offer parent and child an opportunity to explore the gift of God's forgiveness in an interactive, prayerful setting.
The most important thing you can do to help your child in the Sacrament of Reconciliation is to know, love, and receive the sacrament yourself. If you have a knowledge and love of this sacrament, you will be able to communicate that love and knowledge to your child. The purpose of the mini retreat is to help you and your child to learn together and experience the merciful love of our God. The religion teachers are dedicated to ensuring that your child's first experience will be positive, prayerful and reverent.
All children in the second grade begin preparing for the very sacred occasion in their faith lives; receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the very first time. Beginning with the Bread Breaking Prayer Service in February, parents and children focus on the themes of Eucharist in a prayerful, interactive setting. This service includes a ceremony of light, scripture, ritual, and a blessing of bread and juice. Eucharist becomes the focus of the children's religion lessons through April, when parents are asked to bring their child to Church for a Walk through the Mass. This is an opportunity for our priest or deacon to display the symbols, vestments, and sacramentals used during the First Communion Liturgy.
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