We at Nativity are grateful for your partnership in the vocation of educating our children in the Catholic faith, as the religious formation of your child moves toward these two very significant events, First Penance and First Eucharist, and a more visible membership in the church.
At home - to adequately prepare your child for first Reconciliation, your child must attend Mass regularly, participate in religious instruction, learn their prayers, and have knowledge of how to go to confession.
- Sacramental Preparation - In addition to your child’s enrollment in Catholic School or Religious Education class, there will be three Parent/Child sessions each for Reconciliation and Eucharist. In these sessions, parent and child will be working together in groups, experiencing activities that assist the family in gaining an understanding of the background necessary for celebration of the Sacraments. Follow-up activities from the Family Activity book will be assigned for completion at home. For more information click below:
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First Reconciliation Service
- Children are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time.
- Children will be given a nametag to wear, which will serve as a recommendation as to which priest he or she will go to for confession.
- A number of priests will be available to hear confessions face-to-face throughout the church.
- Each penitent and their family is asked to go to the confessor with the same color or number station as their nametag. (More detailed directives will be given at First Penance.) A screen for anonymous confession is available in the confessional for your convenience.
After children make their first Reconciliation, he/she should go to a quiet place in the church, kneel and pray the Penance prayers Father asks them to pray.
They will then go to the banner as instructed, remove their nametag and place it picture-side-up on the banner. The banner will remain up throughout the week as a reminder to our parish family to pray for these children and their families. Please remember to pick up your child’s Reconciliation Certificate in the main entry of the Church before exiting.
Teaching the principles and actions of forgiveness and reconciliation does not start in the religious education class, but rather in the home – the family, where all faith understanding begins. Families are where faith is first taught by word and example. And it is in the home where children first learn about sin, forgiveness and reconciliation. It is in the relationships with parents, siblings and extended family that children develop their relationship with God. They build their first understanding of right and wrong, learning acceptable ways to deal with anger and frustration. They learn the importance of saying you’re sorry when you’ve hurt someone. It is where you learn how to ask forgiveness and how to know when you are forgiven.
God calls us to be examples for our children to share in the sacrament of penance and reconciliation.