The Linked Parishes of Pope John XXIII & Christ The King
2020-21 Faith Formation Program
First Eucharist / First Reconciliation
We Are Children Of Light
We are children of the light when we love and care about other people.
At Baptism we receive a candle.
The priest or deacon prays that we will walk as children of the light.
Sometimes we do not act like children of the light. Even though we love our family, we may do things that are unkind. We may hurt our friends. Sometimes we choose not to care about what others want or need.
We choose sin.
We know what it is like to do something wrong. We know what it is like to feel sorry and want to make up.
What if we never got
a second chance?
In the early days of the church, when the new members would first say their baptismal promises they would face the west (where the sun sets and the darkness comes) for
the first half when they denied Satan and all his works.
They would then face the east (where the new light of day rises up) for the last half as they stated their belief in God the Father, the Son and the Spirit
Explain to your child that you, as parents, and their Godparents did the promises for them if they were a baby at their baptism.
They will do these promises at their First Communion and later at their Confirmation.
The choice to disobey God. Sin is a deliberate choice, not a Mistake or an accident.
The name given to the first sin of humans, because they disobeyed God and turned
away from his friendship, original sin is passed to all of us.
A less serious sin that weakens our friendship with God.
A serious sin that separates us from God’s life.
When God created us, he gave us free will. This is the ability to choose between right and wrong. When we choose to do what we know is wrong, we sin.
One of the ways we can show we are sorry for our sins and to ask God’s forgiveness is in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
It is also known as Penance and Confession.
We can celebrate this Sacrament again and again, and should do so every time we choose to wrong.
Doing something that we know is wrong might seem fun or an easy choice at first.
However, it eventually puts us in the wrong place.
That is what sin does.
Sometimes we do something wrong but it is not on purpose. This is a mistake.
Sin is when we do something that’s wrong on purpose.
Everyone sins. But the good
news is that God forgives us.
That is what the Sacrament of Penance is all about.
Take an index card and write MISTAKE on one side
and SIN on the other
What must Zacchaeus have felt like when Jesus spoke to him?
Luke 19:1-10 International Children's Bible
Jesus was going through the city of Jericho. In Jericho there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a wealthy, very important tax collector. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but he was too short to see above the crowd. He ran ahead to a place where he knew Jesus would come. He climbed a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus.
When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and saw Zacchaeus in the tree. He said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down! I must stay at your house today.”
Zacchaeus came down quickly. He was pleased to have Jesus in his house.
All the people saw this and began to complain, “Look at the kind of man Jesus stays with. Zacchaeus is a sinner!”
But Zacchaeus said to the Lord, “I will give half of my money to the poor. If I have cheated anyone, I will pay that person back four times more!”
Jesus said, “Salvation has come to this house today. This man truly belongs to the family of Abraham. The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them.”
FORGIVEN: The Blessing of Confession
This joyful presentation reminds old and young alike about the great gift of God's forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation!
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Sign Of The Cross
God, our Father, thank you for calling us to be your children.
We know your love, and we
want to share it with others.
Send your Holy Spirit to help us love and care for everything
you have created.
We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.