Welcome and Prayer/Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
It can be difficult to teach our children about forgiveness, especially when our society seems to encourage us to hold grudges and get revenge. How do you teach your children about forgiveness? If you were asked why Catholics confess their sins to a priest, what would you tell them? If your child asked why we confess our sins to a priest, what would you say?
God is loving, merciful and just, and we are sinners
- We are created good, but we have sinned and we do sin
- God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son
- God desires that every person be reconciled to him and live in communion with him forever
- God is a merciful and loving father who runs to greet the penitent and welcome him to a banquet
- God’s love is more powerful than our sin
- We must respond to that love and repent
- God gives us graces to help us conquer sin in our lives
WATCH: Sacrament of Reconciliation Explained (6:06)
Ask yourself: what is the greatest confusion about the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
LISTEN: Bishop Robert Barron Explains Why We Confess to a Priest (2:30)
Bishop Barron explains that the priest acts “in persona” of Christ, representing Christ. We need the real encounter.
Reconciliation is the ordinary way that God forgives sin. We are therefore obligated to seek the sacrament. a. Jesus himself gave the divine power for the forgiveness of sins to his Apostles (see John 20:21-23). God is loving, forgiving and merciful. The Sacrament was instituted by Christ as the primary means for the forgiveness of sins.
We as parents and educators need to approach the Sacrament in a positive way.
WATCH: HOW TO GO TO CONFESSION (5:50)
In your opinion, what is the best part of the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
How can we help our children better understand and appreciate this Sacrament?
Your children learn the most from what they see their parents do. It’s of the upmost importance that they see their parents, if they are able, to take advantage of the sacrament regularly. As parents take advantage of the availability of the sacrament on the day of First Reconciliation and to regularly take your children to the sacrament afterwards.
HANDOUT: The Ten Steps of Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for Children
HANDOUT: 5 Ways to Prepare Your Child for First Reconciliation
CLOSING PRAYER: God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his
Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN