Sunday School–Week Nine–2019-2020–“Ready for First Reconciliation”

Finishing Touches Through God’s Grace


For Parents to Teach to Their Children

“The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.” Source: Catechism of the Catholic Church

Virtue: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” 62 Catechism of the Catholic Church

Faith, Hope, and Charity

“The theological virtues are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give it its special character. They inform and give life to all the moral virtues… There are three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity.” Catechism of the Catholic Church


The Theological Virtues


Our Reading–For Families

“God forgives my sins through the Church in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation!”

Page 72 Believe Celebrate Live Reconciliation

We have talked about the gifts of Reconciliation, including a “new life.” A new life, through penance and reconciliation, allows a person to strive to become virtuous, even if they have previously sinned in their life. Many of the saints had new, virtuous lives after repenting a past that was full of sins and not virtuous.

Our Writing Project

Page 76 Believe Celebrate Live Reconciliation

“Help your child to appreciate and treasure the gift of God’s forgiveness.”
Talk to your child about the treasures of reconciliation. Have them write down the gifts they will be receiving.


Gifts of Reconciliation


Reconciliation Text and Workbook

Reconciliation Review

A person who: acknowledges his sins (knows what they are), has a contrite heart (feels truly sad for the sins), makes up their mind to not sin again (repents), goes to confession (tells the priest about the sins), does the penance given to them by the priest ( a prayer or a kind action) is truly forgiven. “This Sacrament (Reconciliation) heals the wounds of all our sins.” Source: The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism Pages 40-41

First Communion Catechism

Prayer Before Confession

Source: The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism Page 46

“Come, Holy Spirit,
give me Your light
to see my sins,
and give me Your help
to be sorry for them.
Show me why I sinned.
Help me never again
to sin on purpose.”


Prayer After Confession

Source: The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism Page 46

“My Jesus, I thank You
for washing away my sins
in Your Precious Blood.
Help me to accept my cross
each day and not to hurt
I love You with my whole whole
heart and soul.”



Our Morning Prayer

“In the name of the Father, and of the

Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Blessed are you, Lord God of Forgiveness and love.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the 

beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

Lord, you who give life, thank you for helping me find joy in my life today.

Help me want to spread trust and joy

around me, especially to those who are

experiencing sadness. 

In the name of the Father, and of the

Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Source: MagnifiKid! November 10, 2019

Vol. 16. Part 12. Section 4. Page 12


After First Reconciliation

After children have made their first confession it’s nice to have a little recognition. A charming gesture, is to give your child a white, helium-filled balloon on a silver or white string. This is a symbol of the lightness of the soul after being unburdened through Reconciliation. Here is an example of a message you can write in a card for your child: (Please note that the text of this card has been passed down for several years. I do not know who first created it.) Kim N. Buckley created the lovely graphics.

 Our Art Project–Christ Is Present In Our Church

Our Materials and Methods

Both paintings were created with watercolors, tempera, and metallic poster paint made for children to use. I smeared the gold paint on the back of a Wheat Thins box with my fingers and inverted it onto a piece of watercolor paper. I gently lifted it off and let dry for several hours. Then, I cut a paper doily in half and used it as a stencil. The paint goes through the holes of the doily and when peeled off leaves a lace effect. Finally, I used two sizes of press-on cross stickers, and my Tabernacle painting was complete. The second painting of the Altar Lamp was done using natural and clean household sponges, dipped in paint to add texture.

Suggested Homework Activities, Week Nine

Learn About Jesus Through the Mysteries of the Rosary

Read the Bible passage for one or more of the Joyful Mysteries each week. Help your child begin to name them.

The Joyful Mysteries ( Click to Read the Complete Joyful Mysteries.) These are recited Mondays and Saturdays


Rosary Coloring Page


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