First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you.  I detest all my sins because of your just punishment.  But most of all because they offend you my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resovle with the help of your grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occassion of sin.  Amen.

This is just one formal Act of Contrition.  At the parent Reconciliation meeting, Fr. Ron told us that the children may pray their own informal Act of Contrition.  An informal Act of Contrition prayer needs to contain these 3 components:
    1.  An expression of sorrow
    2.  Ask for forgiveness
    3.  Be open to help to make one better

In our classroom, we focus on the healing power of God's love.  God longs for us to be close to Him.  He welcomes us with open arms.  We will take time to do an examination of conscience using the 10 Commandments as our guide.  We will walk through the procedure for Reconcilition.  We discuss the components using the acronym:  "Every child picks carmel apples".  This refers to examination of conscience, contrition, penance and absolution.
Please take time to discuss the beauty of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Our God is forgiving of our wrong doings.  He longs to have our relationship with Him strong.  Such powerful words:  "I am sorry.  You are forgiven."  Pray the formal or an informal Act of Contrition with them often. 

Words for First Reconciliation
Greet Father with a handshake. 
Make the sign of the cross saying, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
"Bless me Father, for I have sinned."
"This is my first reconciliation."
"These are my sins:                 ."
"For these and all the sins I may have forgotten, I ask god to forgive me."
Say an Act of Contrition.
Father will give you a penance.  He will then pray an absolution blessing over you.
You join in making the sign of the cross.
Tell Father, "Thank you."
Return to your seat and say your prayer of penance.

Vocabulary words
"Every child picks caramel apples."
EC=Examination of conscience
    The second graders meditate on the 10 Commandments in order to think about ways in which they may have turned their backs on god and hurt their relationship with Him.
    A prayer or action given to you by Father.
    To tell my sins
    Express sorrow
    A blessing and forgivensss of your sins. 

Sin:  2 types
Venial and mortal
Venial-a less serious sin
Mortal-a more grave sin in which if in this state, you ae unable to receive the eucharist

The 10 Commandments
The second graders have learned the Ten Commandments.  We have learned the orignal wording of the commandments as they are in the bible.  We have also worded them in such a way they we can understand the relevance to us as second graders.

1.  Remember there is only one God.  Love him with all your heart.  Worship God, not things.
2.  Never use the name of God in a bad or careless way.
3.  Keep one day a week, the Sabbath, for God and for rest.
4.  Honor and obey your mother and father.
5.  You shall not kill with your words or actions.
6.  Take good care of your body and mind. You are a temple of the Holy Spirit.
7.  You shall not steal.
8.  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.  Be honest.  Do not lie.
9.  Do not covet your neighbor's wife.  Be faithful to your spouse.
10. Do not covet or long for what belongs to others.

First Reconciliation-Saturday, Feb. 5 

First Holy Communion rehearsal-Saturday, March 26 @ 9:00 -10:30 am
Group and individual photos will be taken at this time.

First Holy Communion-Sunday, March 27 @ 2:00 pm