Preparation for first reconciliation begins in autumn around the third week in September. Letters and registration forms are distributed through the religious education program and Resurrection - St. Paul school.
In preparation for working with their children at home, parents attend two meetings in late October and early November. The first meeting discusses the sacraments of reconciliation and the second deals with readiness and expectations. At the end of the second meeting parents pick up workbooks to begin using at home. The children begin working on these and continue through the Christmas holidays. In January they begin a series of six one hour meetings over a seven week period (accompanied by at least one parent at all meetings). There we reinforce the content and concepts in preparation for these sacraments. When possible at the 5th meeting we have a "Build-a-Lunch" meeting, where we pray for those in the family of God who have less than we do, we decorate lunch bags, and package a lunch for the homeless and hungry here in Howard County.
The last of these meetings is what we call "Penance Practice." We go over the Act of Contrition, an examination of conscience, and then show the options for receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. We have traditional confessionals, screens, and the face-to-face options. We schedule three "first" reconciliation services so that our young ones each have plenty of time for this experience.
Contact Marty Bode, 410-623-0024