Sacramental Preparation

Preparing my child for Reconciliation – Parents speak out

I Love You God! Parents speak of their hearts’ desire when it comes to  preparing their child for the sacrament of Reconciliation.  This was so evident Tuesday evening at our first parent gathering for sacramental preparation which allowed time to come to know one another, and for small  and large group sharing.

“What is your hope, your desire for your child as he, she begins preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation?”  Surveying the group, parents want their child to experience the Sacrament as a blessing, a sign of God’s love, rather than a punishment for wrong doing. They articulated that their child encounter an authentic experience of God’s mercy and forgiveness, and not to be afraid or ashamed.

In their own words…..

“During the preparation for Reconciliation we hope that [our son] will come to better understand the importance of being sorry and forgiving. We want him to come to know that all people make bad choices at times, or sin at times, and that we are always forgiven by God. We can be examples of God to one another by forgiving each other too. Even when friends are acting out in their worst of ways we will forgive them and love them. We want our son to know that we will always love him even in his worst of ways.” Beth

 “My intention for my son is to invite him to understand and investigate more fully what being a Christian Catholic means. Our hope is the ritual of the sacrament opens up new avenues for reflection and conversation that he can then use to form a basis for his own faith, both now and in the future.  I want him to see the sacraments as more than obligatory rites of passage. Instead, I hope he can learn through the preparation to delve deeper into any questions it may bring to his mind and heart. I think this is a skill for lifelong learning and seeking out what is true for yourself when it comes to your inner spiritual life.” Sarah

The  shared wisdom that evening and the days to follow clearly illustrate that parents, are the closest image of God to their children.   The beauty of this gathering, parents shared from the heart.   What is your desire for your child?

Our words, our desires extend beyond Tuesday evening’s gathering as together, we create spaces for our children to experience God’s loving forgiveness.  God’s grace is ever present in our home to help your child grow in his/her understanding of reconciliation.  Blessings on you dear parents, for the many ways you image God’s Mercy and Love especially during this time of preparing for our childrens’ first experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

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  1. I really want my daughter to be able to feel the unconditional love and acceptance of the church and to have a sence of belonging to our church community. I hope that she becomes more involved and interested in the weekly mass. I want her to value helping others.

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