Sacrament of Reconciliation
Through the sacrament of Baptism, a Catholic is given a new life in Christ. Human weakness threatens that new life. Sin came into the world through our first parents and we are subject to sin and death. However, Jesus came into the world to reconcile us to Himself. The Gospels give us numerous examples of His willingness to forgive sins. Only God can forgive sins, but Jesus wanted the Church to be His instrument of forgiveness on earth. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you…Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (Jn 20:21-23)
Preparation for the Sacrament is offered for children in grade 2 and above who have completed one year of Religious Education. The program involves children attending St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, Religious Education classes, home- schooled or another Catholic school. Respecting the primary role of parents in the education of their child, parents are integral to the process and attend sessions with their child. The themes covered include: Christ’s mercy and forgiveness, sin, conversion and contrition.
Registration for the program is held at the end of August through mid-September. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.