First Reconciliation • First Communion • Confirmation
“In the Sacraments we discover the strength to think and to act according to the Gospel.”
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (prepare for: First Reconciliation)
Confession (or PENANCE or RECONCILIATION) is the Sacrament by which we, repenting and confessing our sins, are absolved of sin through the ministry of a priest.
The liturgical celebration: The penitent confesses sins with sorrow and repentance. The priest gives absolution, “I absolve you from your sins…”
The effects: The forgiveness of sins and restoration of grace.
The Sacrament of Eucharist (prepare for: First Communion)
The Eucharist is a sacrifice, a presence and a food. As a SACRIFICE it makes present Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary for our salvation. As a PRESENCE, it is Jesus Christ himself under the appearances of bread and wine. As a FOOD, it is the nourishment of our souls by which we share in God’s own life.
The liturgical celebration: The priest consecrates bread and wine saying, “This is my body which will be given up for you…; this is the cup of my blood…”
The effects: The Real Presence; Sacrifice of Calvary re-presented; spiritual food.
The Sacrament of Confirmation (prepare for: Confirmation)
Confirmation completes the Christian initiation begun in Baptism, making us spiritually adult by means of a permanent ‘seal’ upon our souls. In this Sacrament the Holy Spirit also gives us seven gifts that enable us to see and act well spiritually. These gifts empower us to publicly proclaim the Gospel and to defend the Faith against opposition.
The liturgical celebration: The minister anoints a person’s forehead with chrism saying, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
The effects: The sealing with the Holy Spirit for the mature Christian life.
Sacrament descriptions derived from https://prayers4reparation.wordpress.com
For more information, please contact:
Elise Sas, Director of Religious Education
(937)898-3542 ext. 105