Given that sin destroys our relationship with God and undermines our relationships with other human beings, “reconciliation” designates that precise effect of Christ’s redemption of the human race that restores our relationship with God and our human fellowship. Christ thus breaks down the barriers that sin raises between us and God, and within the human community.
Our policy is to invite children in the second grade to prepare to receive First Reconciliation in the fall/winter and then to prepare to receive First Communion in the spring. If your child has not yet received First Reconciliation, he/she may prepare to receive the sacrament with the second, third and fourth graders who will be receiving the sacrament prior to their First Communion.
The process for the child to receive First Reconciliation begins with parents/guardians attending a short, informative meeting where they receive information about the sacrament and home-study materials which are to be completed by the children preparing to receive the sacrament. The completed materials are brought to learning stations which occur about 8 weeks after the parent meeting date. It is important that all parents of children who are eligible to receive sacraments attend the parent meeting and set aside time for learning stations. There are 25 unique learning stations which serve to enrich the participant’s understanding of the material presented in the home-study texts. Participants are not required to get to each and every station but are encouraged to complete as many stations as possible. The celebration date takes place within a couple of weeks of learning stations.
First Reconciliation Learning Stations take place on Sunday, January 6th (11:00 am -3:00 pm). You should plan to spend at least an hour at the Learning Stations although you are welcome to stay longer.
* The date for the First Reconciliation Celebration is Tuesday, January 29th (6:30pm). There will be a number of priests available to hear individual confessions so please encourage all eligible family members to receive the sacrament.