Sacramental Preparation Ministry for grade school children hosted a morning workshop Saturday, January 31, for parents and candidates preparing for First Reconciliation in March. We had 87% turnout by registered families. Parents received a talk from Fr. Yves and heard a personal conversion testimony given by a former parent of our program. Andre Regnier from Catholic Christian Outreach delivered an exclusive invitation to the upcoming Lent Discovery Faith Study sessions. The candidates received a teaching meditation on The Good Shepherd and the Lost Sheep (adapted from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) and made personalized lambs for their First Reconciliation celebration. The morning concluded with everyone coming together to view 3 skit confessions, depicting different levels of preparation. Sacramental Preparation Ministry collaborated with a number of volunteers, people from other ministries and parents, to prepare and assist in the workshop activities.
"Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained" (Jn. 20,23).
It was by these words and through His death and resurrection that our Savior reminds us of the fundamental gift of our redemption and the power given to the Church to forgive sins. The Sacrament of Reconciliation not only bestows on us the gift of having our sins forgiven, but also reconciles us with God. Remission of sin is a completely free and undeserved gift, a newness of life which we could never earn. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven, if we approach the throne of mercy with humble and contrite hearts. No evil is more powerful than the infinite mercy of God.
Preparation of children for First Reconciliation takes place during the catechetical program in Roman Catholic schools or in the Parish's Religious Education Program. A sacramental team of teachers and parents also assists the priest in preparing the children for this sacrament.
Preparation programs for the parents of children receiving First Reconciliation are hosted by the Parish. The purpose of these programs is to instruct parents and sponsors on the meaning of the sacrament, its history, importance, and value, as well as to familiarize them with their role in the program.
For more information about the Reconciliation preparation programs currently being offered, contact the Parish office (745-7774).