Preparation for First Reconciliation is a two-year process. As primary catechists, parents have an active roll in their child’s preparation.
Prior to receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, students should have a good understanding that in the Sacrament of Reconciliation we express sorrow to God for our sins, and we are forgiven. At Our Lady of Good Counsel, First Reconciliation is celebrated in February of Grade 2.
Family Mass / Breakfast / Meeting (Held in the Fall of Grade 2)
We come together as a community to celebrate Eucharist and share a meal. Details of First Reconciliation, as well as an opportunity to update and renew the lived experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are provided.
Retreat – “Jesus, Our Good Shepherd” (Held in the Fall of Grade 2)
JMT Productions will present a retreat for our second graders. Through the use of puppets, clowning, story telling, music, and drama, children will learn about the love of God, forgiveness of sins, and how to live a good Christian life.
The parish provides famlies with First Reconciliation home activity books. Parents are encouraged to work with their child in reviewing and discussing the material.
Parents are encouraged to review the Grade 2 textbook, as well as discuss and share stories of Jesus with their child, especially those pertaining to forgiveness (The Forgiving Father, The Lost Sheep, Zacchaus, etc.)
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The celebration of First Reconciliation is held in the spring, with a communial family liturgy.
Click below for copy of the First Reconciliation / First Holy Communion Parent Handbook: