Preparing for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at St. Mary's Cathedral Parish
For children in grade two and above
Whenever our children prepare to receive a sacrament in the Catholic Church, it reminds us of how important our roles as teachers and role models are in their faith development. We strive to lead them to God and to full and active participation in the Church through our own examples of love, faith, and forgiveness. Fortunately, these are not tasks that we have to accomplish on our own, we have the support and example of our schools and parishes.
If God loves his people unconditionally, then why does the sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes called Penance or Confession) exist? In receiving this sacrament, we are offered the opportunity to heal our relationship with our loving Father. As humans, we have the need to hear the words “You are forgiven” as a chance for us to continue on our faith journeys feeling connected to our God, who never disconnects from us.
One of the best ways for you to prepare your child for this sacrament is to model forgiveness. Our children learn about forgiveness when we forgive them, each other, and ourselves. It is also important to model how we approach others with the words “I’m sorry” and how we can also show our penitence through actions of love.
Fr. Robert Dielissen, Rector and our catechists of St. Mary's Cathedral want to assure you that we will be honoured to work with you and your child on this faith journey.
Important: ALL CHILDREN RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF FIRST EUCHARIST MUST FIRST RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION.
2019 Sacrament Preparation Program – First Reconciliation
Sacrament Preparation classes to be held on Saturdays throughout the year. Parents and their child or children are expected to attend the classes listed below in preparation for the celebration of the sacraments. If for some reason you must miss a session, please contact the parish as we are very willing to assist you in supporting your child’s learning.
DATES TO MARK ON THE FAMILY CALENDAR
Parent Information Session: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9:30 to 10:30 am
Session 1 September 21 – 9:30 to 11:00 am
Session 2 October 5 – 9:30 to 11:00 am
Session 3 November 2 – 9:30 to 11:00 am
Session 4 November 30 – 9:30 to 11:00 am
Retreat December 14 – 1 – 3:30 pm
Celebration: December 14 – 3:30– 5:00pm
*Families are invited to stay for the 5:00pm Mass after Reconciliation
Please stop by the parish office to register. Please bring with you a copy of your child's Baptism certificate and a form of payment. For more information, contact Allison, Sacrament Coordinator, at [email protected] or 403-228-4170 (ext. 228).