The Linked Parishes of Pope John XXIII & Christ The King
2020-21 Faith Formation Program
First Eucharist / First Reconciliation
Have you ever seen a sign like this in your neighborhood?
Does it make you feel sad?
You can just imagine a family watching and hoping that their dog will come home.
Imagine the excitement they must feel every time the phone rings – hoping that the call will be from someone who has found their lost dog.
Think of how they must worry and hope that their little dog is safe.
Have you ever lost something that was very precious to you?
How did you feel?
Have you ever found something that you had lost?
If so, how did you feel when you found it?
Jesus told a story about a man who lost something that was very precious to him.
The story also told of the man's joy when that which he had lost was found.
This is the story that Jesus told...
Jesus told this story to show the kind of love God has for his children.
The father in this story represents God.
The two son’s represent all of us -
When one of God's children strays away, He always welcomes him with open arms when he returns home.
God never stops loving us!
God will always forgive us… no matter how big or serious the sin, and all we have to do is say we are sorry.
Aren't you glad that you have a heavenly Father who loves you, even when you may not deserve it?
You have a special helper...your
A conscience is the voice in your head, and the feeling in your heart, that tells you if something is right or wrong.
Have you ever done something you knew wasn’t ok, and then you felt achy in your heart or kind of prickly in your body? That’s your conscience!
If you’ve ever thought about doing something you knew wasn’t ok, and the voice in your head said, “Maybe you shouldn’t do that. You might get in trouble.” That’s your conscience!
Your conscience is your inner guide and it helps you figure out how to make good choices. As you grow up, you learn right from wrong. Your conscience is the thought and feeling you have that tells you whether something is a right or wrong thing to do or say. “Listening to your conscience” means you hear and feel the messages your conscience sends you that help you make a good choice.
Our Conscience helps us to know right from wrong.
“Maybe you shouldn’t do that.
HOW TO DECIDE WHAT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO
Some decisions you make aren't terribly important.
For example, you might decide to have chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla.
But other decisions may involve a choice between right and wrong, and sometimes it's not easy to know what to do.
Whenever you aren't sure what's the right thing to do, stop and think, and ask yourself these questions:
What does my conscience – that "little voice" inside my head – say about it?
Could it hurt anyone – including me?
Is it fair?
Would it violate the Golden Rule?
How would I feel if somebody did it to me?
Have I ever been told that it's wrong?
Deep down how do I feel about it?
How will I feel about myself later if I do it?
What would adults I respect say about it?
If you still can't decide, talk it over with someone you trust and respect.
With your family, discuss the check list of ways to decide the right thing to do. Ask your parents, or other adult family members, if they have anything to add to this list.