Reconciliation Preparation

“Jesus loves you and will forgive you. So be joyful!”

Source: A Missal for Children Page 88

Prayer from A Missal for Children Page 88

“Lord, give me the grace to make a good confession. Grant me enlightenment to know my sins, humility to confess them sincerely, and the resolve to do better.”

 

After Epiphany, the curriculum format changes slightly to focus on preparing children for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.The segments on the saints and how to pray the Rosary are no longer provided. New emphasis is placed on knowing Jesus, learning about forgiveness and reconciliation, the order of the Mass, and preparation for First Eucharist.To continue learning about the saints, I recommend subscribing to Franciscan Media Saint of the Day. Subscribers receive the Saint of the Day information by email. This coming Sunday, January 28, the Saint of the Day is Saint Thomas Aquinas:

By universal consent, Thomas Aquinas is the preeminent spokesman of the Catholic tradition of reason and of divine revelation. He is one of the great teachers of the medieval Catholic Church, honored with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor.

To continue learning about the life of Jesus through the Mysteries of the Rosary and more information on how to pray the Rosary, see The Holy Rosary. This is in pdf. format and can be downloaded at no cost.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops also offers the Daily Readings by e-mail. It’s great to see these first thing in the morning when I check my e-mails and drink my coffee. It makes reading Scripture super easy and is a great learning experience. It is a wonderful service that is easy to subscribe to. Scroll down to bottom of the page this is linked to and sign up.

Magnifikid!, published by Magnificat, is a weekly printed resource for families, written for children ages 6-12, on understanding the Sunday readings and learning the order of the Mass. It costs $34.90 a year and is a valuable teaching and learning tool.

A Weekly Publication

Here is an excellent Missal for children published by Magnificat*Ignatius. If you only buy one book for preparing your child for both First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, this is the missal children will keep using throughout their youth.

A Missal for Children

 

A Valentine’s Day Dilemma

This year, Ash Wednesday starts at midnight on February 14, which is also Valentine’s Day. Since Ash Wednesday trumps the importance of Valentine’s Day, begins the forty- day Lenten season, and focuses on abstinence and penance, it offers a learning opportunity for children that will help with understanding reconciliation. It will be easily accomplished if your children attend a Catholic school, or are homeschooled. If they don’t, and there will be a school party with all the regular Valentine’s day cards and cupcakes, etc. in their classrooms, the kids need to know the profound significance and seriousness of Ash Wednesday.

Valentine’s Day usually has a fun party at school with Valentine’s Day cards, special sweets, and frivolity, all which are great. Ash Wednesday begins a time of abstinence from meat and fancy foods–fasting, prayer, and giving alms. It’s the opposite of festive. A good way to teach this, is for the children to attend Ash Wednesday Services with you and to observe the forty days of Lent as a family. Perhaps Valentine’s Day this year can be combined with “Fat Tuesday” “Mardi Gras,” and “Carnival” and celebrated as a family party at home on February 13th. Evidently, pancakes are a common food for kicking off the Lenten season in England. Chocolate chip pancakes as a Valentine’s dinner on the 13th, may be just the ticket.

Responsorial Psalm for Ash Wednesday, Psalms chapter 51

Source: USCCB.org

“R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.”

Please help your child with the meanings of the highlighted words.

Help your child begin to learn “An Act of Contrition

 

An Act of Contrition

More information on Lent and First Reconciliation will be posted weekly.

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