2018 SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be celebrated at Noon Saturday March 3rd for Saturday students, and at Noon Saturday March 10th for Monday students.
There will be a PARENT Night of Reflection on Monday, February 5th, 2018 5:30 – 6:30 P.M. in the parish hall.
*Catholic school and home school, will be divided by alphabet, according to our numbers.
There will not be grade 2 religious education classes for 2nd grade students either of the Sacrament days. Although there will be classes for all other students on that date.
Rehearsal will take place during both class times sessions on Saturday, February 10th, (9 & 10:30 a.m.) OR during class time on Monday February 12th, at 5:30. Parents need not attend the rehearsal, but are welcome to wait if you choose.
This rehearsal is for ALL GRADE 2 STUDENTS and First Reconciliation students and should last only 20-30 minutes. All home schooled and Catholic school students are encouraged to attend, so that the children are equally prepared. These students may attend any rehearsal session. No need to call to schedule a time. Class students will rehearse during class, then complete the remainder of their class and may be picked up at the usual time.
If you have any questions, please attend the rehearsal. On these dates we will answer any other questions that you may have regarding the celebration of this beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation.
On the day of the celebration of the Sacrament of First Reconciliation, we ask that each family come to the parish hall BEFORE the service and pick-up the child’s name tag, certificate, and program. Also, each family is asked to please drop off a small dessert, cookies, etc.. that can be eaten without utensils, to share at the celebration in the parish hall after the Sacrament. We will provide drinks of tea, coffee and loganberry, served by our ministry students. Our ministry students and volunteers will divide up the snacks for sharing after the service.
After picking up certificates and dropping off desserts, your family will go directly to the church and take the next available pew up the main aisle. The service will begin with a song and short prayer time that will include an examination of conscience. Please wait quietly in your pew until your family time arrives and you are directed where to go. Please be considerate of the family in front of you and wait patiently with a respectful distance away from them and their private confessions with the priest. When it’s your childs time, we ask that the parents greet the priest and introduce your child. When your child is finished with the priest, we ask that you greet your child with a sign of affection and proceed quietly back to any available pew. We can set a good example for our children while in church. At the kneelers in the pews, the children can quietly say their Penance prayers. Offer your child your blessing and then place your child’s sheep name tag in the box by the door on your way out of church. We will have our Jesus banner on the wall behind the altar and the name tags will be put up on it, ready to be viewed the next time you attend Mass. The sheep nametags will remain there on the banner throughout Lent. We invite you to come back to a Mass and help your child find his/her name on the banner.
Remember, please plan on coming back to the parish hall for a short celebration!
All of us here at St. Gabriel’s, thank you for involving your children in Faith Formation.
Blessings to you and yours, Paul Bloom, DRE