When you really stop to think about it…our Sacrament of Reconciliation is incredible!! Where else can we hand over our burdens and struggles and receive complete ABSOLUTION; the very MERCY of JESUS poured over our bruised and battered little souls. We celebrate Baptism with a beautiful flowy baby dress, a beautiful anointing and prayers at the Church …and by Holy Communion, those little babies are all dressed up in their suits and white dresses and veils, with no shortage of photo ops, gifts and cake. Both of these Sacraments are MONUMENTAL, but sometimes a quiet little evening of First Reconciliation, where kids line up for their one-to-one talk with the priest… gets a little overlooked.
…And prep for this monumental event where this little child confesses their sins to a priest for the very first time…can be daunting.
My 4th child is making her First Reconciliation in just a few weeks. We have always had First Reconciliation in or around February, so this event has snuck up on me a little bit!
Bridget has been receiving instruction through the parish at regular meetings, and the workbook they are learning from this year is much better from the ones I have seen in the past.
We are working on memorizing our special prayers for Reconciliation, and getting Bridget familiar with the format of Reconciliation.
I did, however, come up with a little Reconciliation Prep Printable. People who know me….know that I can’t just print out a prayer, if I can make my own Catholic Printable with our clipart created by 15 year old Kelly. You will recognize some of the cartoons from our Journey with Jesus Cathletics Craft Kits, along with this fabulous Sacrament Journey Freebie …that even I forgot we had available!
2 pages of 2 classic versions of the ACT of CONTRITION; color and black and white templates
2 additional pages of Act of Contrition Peek Sheet cards (8 to a page) in both classic versions
2 pages of the Reconciliation Format, with a simple guide for the classic text and format of the FIRST Sacrament of Reconciliation, with 2 postcards (one boy, one girl); color and black & white templates
2 pages of Reconciliation Format with a simple guide for the classic text and format of every consequent Sacrament of Reconciliation, with 2 postcards (one boy, one girl); color and black & white templates
1 page of EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE with simple questions based on the 10 Commandments, black & white template
2 black and white templates that includes an EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE, a RECONCILIATION RECORD CARD, a PRAYER PROMPT CARD and THE CONFITEOR …and RECONCILIATION FACTS and ABSOLUTION
The First Reconciliation Prep PRINTABLE is $5