Week Seventeen-We Prepare for Reconciliation

We Process In

The children remain standing to hear the readings.

We Hear The Readings

Excerpt from Reading 1 Leviticus, chapter 19

“1
The LORD said to Moses:
2
Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy.* a
3
* Each of you revere your mother and father,b and keep my sabbaths.c I, the LORD, am your God.

4
Do not turn aside to idols, nor make molten gods for yourselves.d I, the LORD, am your God.”

Responsorial Psalm Excerpt

“1
Of David.

I
Bless the LORD, my soul;
all my being, bless his holy name!
2
Bless the LORD, my soul;
and do not forget all his gifts,
3
Who pardons all your sins,
and heals all your ills,
4
Who redeems your life from the pit,
and crowns you with mercy and compassion,
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Who fills your days with good things,
so your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.*”

Excerpt from Reading 2, Corinthians, chapter 3

“16
Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?g”

Alleluia

“R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever keeps the word of Christ,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.”

Gospel from Matthew, chapter 5

“Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one as well.”

We Have a Visit to the Church

After the Readings, we’ll walk over to our church.This visit will let the children see into a confessional, in preparation for their Reconciliation. We will also give alms by putting coins in the “poor box.” The children will practice genuflecting and kneeling properly. Then we’ll return to the class to hear about Peter, the Disciple and Apostle. Before we go, we hear about the Readings for today, January 19th. When we return, we learn more about Saint Peter.

We Read about Saint Peter

We used three books to hear about Peter the Disciple:

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