The start of Religious Education marks the beginning of our journey towards first Reconciliation. At our parish, St. Nicholas in Evanston IL, the children and parents celebrate the sacrament on Saturday, February 3, 2018
At the very heart of sacramental preparation: Reconciliation is an attitude, a way of being present in our homes, our neighborhoods, in our workplaces and in our schools, on the playground and parks (even on the beach), in our cars driving to work, or to the store. Reconciliation is a way of life informing our practices and routines, and most importantly, our relationships.
We acknowledge that parents are the primary catechists in their child’s faith formation. Throughout the coming months fostering relationships with parents will continue to be my top priority. Weekly, parents receive emails highlighting the activities which occurred during the session, and pointers to carry out the lesson at home.
In the SCORE classroom:
We continued to build on the foundation:
- We are blessed, God is the Source of our blessings –
- God Loves me unconditionally, you unconditionally, our children unconditionally – no strings attached – We are loved!
Prior to class, an email attachment went home to the parents with the prompt:
I count my blessings each day. God blesses us in lots of ways. When we count our blessings we are really saying THANK YOU to God for all the people, experiences, and opportunities that God gives us. I thank God for my blessings:
For our 9/17 class the children came with their five blessings. Here are some of the blessings through the eyes of our children: mommy and daddy, my family and friends, good guys, the earth that we live on, hockey time with daddy, my dog and cute little animals, the oceans and lakes, food and water, God, and my life.
The activity unfolded as they worked in groups to create blessing boards. Several parents helped guide each group with this activity. They too were truly a blessing! In closing, we gathered in the back of the classroom, extended our hands in prayer and asked God to bless our work, our blessing boards.
As the children and their parents embark upon the journey, expect to be transformed by the process. God desires to share in abundance GRACE, God’s Self-communication is present.
Stay tuned, you’re welcome to join us on our journey. We truly need to be the instruments of Christ’s peace and reconciliation in our world today.