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.
Rev. John Nemanic, Rector and Rev. Julian Studden 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.
Sacrament Preparation Program – First Reconciliation
Registration for sacrament preparation for children for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation, has now begun. Please e-mail Lillian@stmaryscalgary.com or stop by the parish office to register your child for the preparation classes and to meet Fr. Julian Studden. Father Julian will be working closely with the schools, parents and children. Date to be determined.