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“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:
The sacrament of Reconciliation is to be received before the child receives the Eucharist for the first time. Children in our Catholic schools are normally prepared for Reconciliation and celebrated the sacrament in grade 2, or at about age seven.
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. We advocate that parents are the first teachers of the faith.
Sessions begin Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Parents are required to attend one Parent Sacramental Forum with Registration to register their child(ren) to receive a sacrament. Please bring a photocopy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate:
Monday, September 30, 2019, 7:00 pm in Tranquille Hall
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7:00 pm in Tranquille Hall
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10:00 am in Tranquille Hall
If you have not attended one of these sessions, please contact Darlene at the parish office.

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. 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.

There will be a Parent Information Session to further explain Reconciliation and how you can support your child(ren) as they journey to receiving Reconciliation.
Parent Sacramental Meeting for Reconciliation.
Monday, January 27, 2020, 7:00 pm in Tranquille Hall

Presentation of students preparing for Reconciliation:
Attend 1 of 3 weekend Masses February 8/9, 2020
Saturday, February 8 evening Mass, 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 9 morning Masses, 9:00 am or 11:00 am
The child(ren) 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, nurture the faith life and support with pray these children and families as they continue their preparation to receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation.

Reconciliation Celebration:
Depending which school your child attends
Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 1:30 pm or 3:30 pm.
There is not a celebration in Tranquille Hall after the service. Once your child has received the Sacrament of Reconciliation you may leave and celebrate in your own way.