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!