At the heart of Reconciliation
We crossed the threshold. . . our children returned to school today after their Christmas break. I can only image for some, how difficult it was to get the children up and ready for school. Yes, we are back into our weekly routines. Next Sunday, January 11 the children return to SCORE to continue our preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Saturday, January 24, that’s less then three weeks, our children and their families will celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. When the children return to SCORE we’ll revisit what’s at the heart of the Sacrament – God’s unconditional love for each one of us. Out of love, God desires to be in relationship with us and gives us the gift of free will to choose….sometimes we turn away. Scripture makes it very clear: God never abandons us, and welcomes us home, again and again. Also, we’ll go over the Rite of Reconciliation as it is celebrated at St. Nick’s Church.
In the meantime, you may be wondering if your child is ready to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Here are some questions for reflection to help you determine your child’s readiness.
- Does your child understand that God’s merciful love and forgiveness are freely given? Reflecting on this question, as adults, do you believe that God will always forgive you?
- Does your child know the difference between a mistake and a sin?
- Can your child ask for and give forgiveness without a lot of prompting from you?
- Does your child express a desire to strengthen his/her relationship with God through the sacrament of Reconciliation? Can you sense an anticipation of receiving first Reconciliation? This is a new experience for your child, so there will be some apprehension; and that’s expected. Unlike the Eucharist, where they have actively worshiped with the community, many of the children may never have observed the sacrament of Reconciliation. Apprehension is a natural response your child may experience in the next few weeks.