The Linked Parishes of Pope John XXIII & Christ The King
2020-21 Faith Formation Program
First Eucharist / First Reconciliation
Life Is Full Of Great Moments
Life is full of great moments.
When you were born, that was a great moment.
We are in the Season of Advent - a time that we wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
That was a great moment.
What are some things that have happened in your life that you think were Great Moments?
Ordinary moments can be great too—like a beautiful sunset, a fabulous meal with family, or meeting a new friend.
Next month, you will experience
another great moment of your life -
Your First Reconciliation
What is Reconciliation
? ? ?
is the act of becoming friendly again
Last month's lesson included a link to a Brother Francis video called
If you didn't get a chance to watch it then, take time to watch it now.
PARENTS: the animated video is about 25 minutes long.
This video is on FORMED.
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Reconciliation is called a healing sacrament!
We all sin.
Reconciliation is a sacramental way to admit our mistakes, receive forgiveness, and try again.
Reconciliation (confession) is an opportunity to talk to God about the times we have messed up, made poor choices, not been the-best-version-of-ourselves, or turned our backs on God and his wonderful plans for us.
Reconciliation is an opportunity for us to say sorry to him and ask for forgiveness.
Reconciliation also reminds us that we need to forgive others too.
We ask for this grace whenever we say the LORD'S PRAYER.
We also promise to forgive...
Do you see where we say that?
We prepare for all important things in our lives.
That's how we help our selves succeed.
We study for tests.
We rehearse our music or dance lessons.
We practice for our sports events.
As Catholics we prepare for each of the Catholic Moments.
We prepare for Christmas with the season of Advent.
We prepare for Easter with the season of Lent.
We will prepare for Reconciliation too!
You are preparing for your First Reconciliation. This will be your first time, but not your last time.
It is natural to be a little nervous. The first time we do most things we feel nervous.
There Are 5 Steps to Help You Prepare for Reconciliation
Step 1: Examination of Conscience
This is a spiritual exercise designed to help us remember when we were and when we were not the-best-version-of-ourselves. By examining our conscience we become aware of our sins.
Step 2: Confession
Here we say sorry to God by confessing our sins to him through the priest who is God’s representative.
Step 3: Penance
The priest will ask you to spend some time in prayer or to do a kind deed for somebody. This is called penance, which is a way for you to show God that you are truly sorry for your sins.
Step 4: Contrition
The Act of Contrition is a short prayer we pray promising to try not to sin again.
Step 5: Absolution
The priest will then extend his hands over your head and pray a very special and powerful prayer. Acting as God’s representative, he will forgive your sins!
Remember to work on memorizing your prayers!
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
Grace Before Meals
Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts,
Which we are about to receive, from thy bounty,
Through Christ, Our Lord.
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Angels watch me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.
Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.