Sacraments of the Catholic Church
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sacrament of Marriage
Sacrament of the Sick
“You have asked to have your children baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?”
“Parents: We do.”
~ Rite of Baptism
The Sacraments & the Journey of Faith
On the day of your child’s baptism, the priest asked you the above question to which you promised to lead and guide your child in the ways of faith. As your child continues to grow, it is time for him/ her to make the next step in the journey of faith and of deepening his/ her relationship with God. As you present your child for the reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, you remain faithful to this promise made that day. May God continue to bless you as you fulfill the role of a Christian parent.
For preparation for First Reconciliation, the children will be learning about God’s compassionate love, Jesus’ forgiveness and his gift of peace to his friends. Reinforcing each week’s lesson at home, will give the parent an opportunity to anticipate some questions their child might ask, and to share some of their insights about reconciliation and forgiveness. These weeks of preparation can lead to many years of comfortable discussions as their child continues to grow and learn from God, from their parents and from the Parish Community. As the day for First Reconciliation moves closer, parents should help their children recognize the parts of the Mass in which we regularly ask forgiveness and make peace in our worship to God.