The experience of forgiveness is at the heart of the Gospel message. Jesus came to show us the Father who is loving and forgiving… THIS is the God whom we wish our children to meet in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Parents and catechists should always portray the Sacrament as an encounter with a loving and forgiving God, who rejoices with them as they try to live as Jesus did.
Immediate preparation for reception of First Reconciliation takes place in the first semester of the second level of instruction. Instruction and an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament must precede and be separate from instruction for first reception of Holy Eucharist.
Children will be encouraged to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis. Opportunities for the Sacrament will be made available within the religious formation program throughout the year.
No penitential service or confession shall be recorded, photographed or videotaped. This shall apply in a particular way to the celebration of First Reconciliation.