Sunday School Updates– Week 16–November 5 –2023-2024– “Preparing Your Child for First Reconciliation”

Preparing Your Child for First Reconciliation

Love, Support, Understanding, and Guidance!



The Liturgical Color, Violet—For “Advent and Lent; and for Violet, which also represents Penance.”


For Parents To Teach To Their Children”



The Ten Commandments for Young Children, Seen on Catholic Toolbox

Family Resource – Joseph D. White, PhD


“Steps in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation”

By Joseph P. White, PH, D


“1.Examination of conscience by the penitent

2.Welcome and blessing

3.Confession of sin

4.Assignment of penance

5.Act of Contrition



“Family Examination of Conscience”

By Joseph P. White, PH, D


“1. Have I put God first in my life? Does he have priority in our home?

2. Do I use God’s name with care?

3. Do I attend and participate in Mass on Sunday? Do I keep Sunday as a day of worship and rest?

4. (For children) Do I honor my mother and father? (For parents) Am I patient and kind so that my children can easily respect me?

5. Have I been hurtful to others, either in words or actions?

6. Have I treated my body and the bodies of others with respect?

7. Have I respected the belongings of others?

8. Have I told the truth? Have I been open and honest with others?

9. Have I kept my mind and thoughts pure?

10. Have I been happy with what I have instead of being jealous of others?”


Lovely Books On First Confession


Available On

Child’s Guide to Reconciliation

Jesus Speaks to Me About Confession

The Confession of Grace

The Process of Reconciliation




Asking for God’s Forgiveness

“The Elements of the Sacrament of Penance”

from American Families Living in Faith 


“A greeting and a blessing from a priest.

A reading from Scripture to inspire a heart-felt confession.

The penitent confesses his or her sins.

The priest gives a penance.

The priest gives absolution to the penitent.

A prayer of thanksgiving and praise, dismissal and a blessing”

A Reading from Scripture, USCCB Psalm 32

Of  David. A maskil.


“Blessed is the one whose fault is removed,

whose sin is forgiven.

Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes no guilt,

in whose spirit is no deceit.


Because I kept silent, my bones wasted away;

I groaned all day long.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength withered as in dry summer heat.


Then I declared my sin to you;

my guilt I did not hide.

I said, ‘I confess my transgression to the LORD,’

and you took away the guilt of my sin.


Therefore every loyal person should pray to you

in time of distress.

Though flood waters threaten,

they will never reach him.

You are my shelter; you guard me from distress;

with joyful shouts of deliverance you surround me.”



 Prayer Given By The Priest After Confession

Prayer of Absolution

God, the Father of Mercies, 
      through the death and resurrection of his Son,
      has reconciled the world to himself
      and sent the Holy Spirit among us
     for the forgiveness of sins;
Through the ministry of the Church
     may God give you pardon and peace,
     and I absolve you from your sins
In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
     and of the Holy Spirit, Amen

(Rite of Penance)


The Penitent Completes the Penance (Usually Prayers) Given by the Priest


The Reading from Holy Heroes Video

Our Family Art Project–The Color Violet for “Making” a Priest’s Confession Stole


Painting Of a Priest’s Confession Stole

Use strong paper that can use liquid paint, watercolor paint, crayons and pastels. Computer paper can be used if you only have crayons or chalk.

Here are a few art tools that I really like to use:



“We are all children of God.”


This prayer was used before at  First Reconciliation Masses for Second Graders.

The prayer came without the credit who wrote it.

The graphic art was created by Kim N. Buckley for Sunday School Updates.