“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:21-23
Reconciliation is one of the Sacraments of healing. We receive the gift of Grace in the form of God’s forgiveness, love and mercy. 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.
Our Diocese makes the following recommendations:
Children in our Catholic schools are normally prepared for Reconciliation and celebrate the sacrament in grade 2, or at about age seven.
Children attending a Catholic school will be prepared by their teachers, at school. Children who do not attend a Catholic school are prepared at St Joseph Church in the Parish-Based Program. Parents are required to attend the 6 sessions with their child.
Preparation in our parish will take place in the church on Sundays, from January 8, to February 12, 2023 at 4 pm (no classes on January 29). Parents will receive more information once their child is registered.
One of the best ways for you to prepare your child for this sacrament is to model forgiveness and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our children learn about forgiveness when we forgive them, each other, and ourselves.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Parent information night:
Parents will be asked to attend an information zoom meeting on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 7 pm. The link to the meeting will be emailed the day of the meeting.
Presentation of students preparing for Reconciliation:
February 4/5, 2023
Families are invited to come at any of the Masses of this weekend. The children will be called forward with a parent, Godparent or Guardian to the front of the church to be presented to the parish community. The parish community will welcome and pray for these children and families as they continue their preparation to receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Children will be asked to come for their First Reconciliation depending on the school they attend:
March 5, 2023 at 1:30 pm or 3:00 pm
You can watch Brother Francis talk about The blessings of Confession and “The Power of Forgiveness” on Formed.org. If you haven’t signed up yet, please register as being a member of Saint Joseph Grande Prairie.
Catholic Central- Reconciliation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abVVsG1TGL4
All children need to be registered here. Online registrations will be open until October 30, 2022.
If you have not provided a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate, please bring it to one of the following Masses:
October 29, 2022 @ 7 pm
October 30, 2022 @ 9 am or 11 am
For more information, please contact Beatriz at SJC-Sacraments@gpcsd.ca or call 780-532-2351, ext. 228.