On Wednesday the 19th and Thursday the 20th of August, children from our Parish received the Sacrament of Penance for the first time in a special Prayer Service with the Liturgy of the Word and First Rite of Reconciliation.
In the Homily reflections, we were told that going to Reconciliation is like 'Emptying our rubbish bins of unwanted junk.' and that in the Prayer of Absolution the Priest says "Through the ministry of the church, may God grant you pardon and peace."
In the Gospel Reading from Colossians we were told that God asks us to be gentle, kind, humble, meek and patient and that love is more important than anything else.
The Pentitential Rite, First Reading, Responsorial Palm, Gospel Acclamation and Examination of Conscience were read at all three services by the children who did a fantastic delivery of their reading with care and reverence. After the children received their Sacrament, they lit a votive candle with their parents, then collected their certificate and gift from the Parish Centre.