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Preparing Children for the Sacrament of Reconciliation



As part of our Catholic faith, we want our children to experience God's love and mercy through the sacrament of reconciliation. In school, we follow the Diocesan scheme Learning and Growing as the People of God to help them prepare for this important step in their spiritual journey. 


The scheme consists of four units that cover the themes of God's love, sin and forgiveness, the rite of reconciliation, and living as God's children. Each unit has a number of sessions that include stories, activities, prayers, and reflections. The children also receive a booklet that they can use at home with their parents to reinforce what they learn in school.


On the day of the sacrament, the children gather in the church with their families and teachers. They are welcomed by the priest and listen to the readings and homily. Then, they are invited to examine their conscience and ask God for forgiveness. They approach the priest individually and confess their sins. The priest gives them absolution and a penance to do. After that, they return to their seats and pray quietly. At the end of the celebration, they receive a certificate and a cross as a reminder of God's love and forgiveness.


The children should wear their school uniform on the day of the sacrament. They should also bring their booklet and a rosary if they have one. They should be respectful and attentive throughout the celebration.