Preparing for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at St. Mary's Cathedral Parish
For children in grade two and above
Whenever our children prepare to receive a sacrament in the Catholic Church, it reminds us of how important our roles as teachers and role models are in their faith development. We strive to lead them to God and to full and active participation in the Church through our own examples of love, faith, and forgiveness. Fortunately, these are not tasks that we have to accomplish on our own, we have the support and example of our schools and parishes.
If God loves his people unconditionally, then why does the sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes called Penance or Confession) exist? In receiving this sacrament, we are offered the opportunity to heal our relationship with our loving Father. As humans, we have the need to hear the words “You are forgiven” as a chance for us to continue on our faith journeys feeling connected to our God, who never disconnects from us.
One of the best ways for you to prepare your child for this sacrament is to model forgiveness. Our children learn about forgiveness when we forgive them, each other, and ourselves. It is also important to model how we approach others with the words “I’m sorry” and how we can also show our penitence through actions of love.
Fr. Robert Dielissen, Rector, Fr. Rowal Jose Abanto, Associate Pastor, and our catechists of St. Mary's Cathedral want to assure you that we will be honoured to work with you and your child on this faith journey.
Important: ALL CHILDREN RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF FIRST EUCHARIST MUST FIRST RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION.
Please register your child/ren by September 15, 2018. Registration forms are available in our parish office. There is a fee of $50 (for both the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist) which must be provided at the time of registration. Please remember to submit a copy of your child's Baptism ceriticate as well as a cheque for $50. Please note, you must register in person. We cannot register your child by email or telephone request.
For more information, please contact Allison Charlton, Sacrament Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-228-4170 (ext. 228).
2018 - 2019 Sacrament Preparation Program – First Reconciliation
Parent Information Session: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30 to 11:00 am
Session 1 Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 am
Session 2 Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 am
Session 3 Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 am
Session 4 Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9:30 to 11:00 am
Retreat Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1 – 3:30 pm
Celebration of First Reconciliation: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 4:00 – 5:00pm