Sacramental Preparation: First Reconciliation
As Catholics we believe that the Sacraments are the outward signs of inward grace which were established by Christ and effect what they signify. Because Sacraments are the normal means of receiving God’s grace, it is very important for children to receive the Sacraments of the Church as soon as possible, to take full advantage of the inheritance offered them through their Baptism.
As a child reaches the age of reason, typically around age 7, he or she becomes able to discern right from wrong, and the hunger to receive forgiveness begins to awaken. In order to receive God’s forgiveness children who have attained the age of reason and display a desire to be forgiven are invited to prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation.
The reconciliation preparation at St. Mary consists of 5 sessions and a retreat. These sessions are in addition to participation in regular R.E. classes, and will be offered twice in the coming catechetical year: once during July & August and again in April & May.
July 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12
Retreat: Sat, Aug 14 from 10:00am-2:00pm
April 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18
Retreat: Sat, May 14 from 10:00am-2:00pm
Every child preparing for First Reconciliation will receive a simple Bible. The suggested donation is $5, but no child will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Please note that the above program is intended for children who have been baptized Catholic. Children who are not baptized Catholic, or those 14 years or older who still need to receive First Reconciliation, should be prepared through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) or an adaptation thereof.