There will be a PARENT Night of Reflection in the parish hall. DATE TBA.
Catholic school students and others grade students that have not made the sacrament are to sign up for First Reconciliation with the religious education office.
There will not be grade 2 religious education classes either of the Sacrament days, as the teachers will be helping at the church. Although there will be classes for the other grades on those dates.
Rehearsal will take place during both class times and sessions. 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 those 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 other questions, please attend the parent night. We will be glad to 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, such as cookies, etc.. that can be eaten without plates or utensils, to share at the celebration in the parish hall after the Sacrament. Our ministry students and volunteers will divide up the snacks for sharing after the service.We will provide drinks of tea, coffee and loganberry, served by our ministry students.
After picking up certificates and name tags, and dropping off cookies, 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 by our staff on where/when 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 from the entire Religious Ed department
STEPS FOR RECONCILIATION
- SAY ” HELLO” TO THE PRIEST
- BEGIN BY SAYING: BLESS ME FATHER FOR I HAVE SINNED, THIS IS MY FIRST CONFESSION.
- TELL THE PRIEST OF TIMES WHEN YOU SIN: (WHEN YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG BUT YOU DID IT ANYHOW).
- LISTEN TO THE PRIEST’S ADVICE AND WHAT PENANCE HE GIVES TO YOU. IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND SOMETHING HE SAYS, ASK HIM ABOUT IT. THEN HE WILL PRAY THE ABSOLUTION PRAYER AND BLESS YOU.
SAY THE ACT OF CONTRITION:
MY GOD , I AM SORRY FOR MY SINS WITH ALL MY HEART. IN CHOOSING TO DO WRONG AND FAILING TO DO GOOD, I HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU WHOM I SHOULD LOVE ABOVE ALL THINGS. I FIRMLY INTEND WITH YOUR HELP , TO DO PENANCE, TO SIN NO MORE, AND TO AVOID WHATEVER LEADS ME TO SIN.
6. YOU MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AND SAY “AMEN” AND “THANK YOU”
7. MAKE SURE YOU THEN FOLLOW THROUGH ON YOUR PRAYERS AND PENANCE THAT THE PRIEST HAS GIVEN YOU.