We all want to give our children the very best of everything! When it comes to faith, the VERY BEST we can give them is for us as parents to develop our own solid relationship with Jesus and practice of our own faith. Listen as Fr. Josh McCarty reflects on parenting and the parable of the weeds and the wheat in Matthew 13: 24-30. Afterwards, check out Fr. Josh’s other videos at Lolek Productions. He presents sensitive issues with great insight! These make for great family discussions!
Any child who has reached the age of seven , typically in the second grade, is invited to take part in formation to participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation. The formation process includes:
› An opening meeting for parents and child with Sr. Suzanne Sims and Fr. Tom Buckman, with materials provided for parents to update their own understanding and participation in the sacrament.
› A second meeting for parents only, with catechist and faith sharing around the sacrament of Reconciliation.
› Six take home packets for parents’ use in teaching their child about the Church’s teaching concerning this sacrament of healing. Scripture stories, faith sharing, and interactive puzzles and games will be included. See “Growing Up Catholic” below.
› A “Let’s Talk” appointment to wrap up everything your child has learned, answer questions, address concerns, and support your family in whatever way you may need. These will be scheduled at parent’s convenience.
› A celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation with all participating families! Happy, Happy Day!
Anyone interested in having a child prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion should contact Sr. Suzanne Sims at the parish office, at 270-684-4745.
If your child was baptized in a parish other than St. Pius X in Owensboro, KY, please obtain an official Baptismal certificate from the original parish. It will be necessary for our records.
SOME TOOLS TO HELP YOU LEARN ABOUT THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
A link to Booklet #26 of the Growing Faith Project by Bill Huebsch, edited by Sr. Maureen Shaughnessy, SC. The booklet is entitled ” Reconciliation: How Does God Offer Unending Forgiveness?”, and is a reflection based on articles 1420-1498 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is an audio file in mp3 format. (Just click Here and then click the play button.)
Or. . . . . if you prefer to just read it yourself
Go to the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] — paragraphs #1420 + to find the Church’s official teaching on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Just click on this image of the CCC, then scroll down to paragraph #1420. You will find a beautifully written teaching on this sacrament handed down to us by our Church who teaches us with the authority of Jesus!
Bustedhalo.com has a fantastic teaching on each of the sacraments in a series they call “Sacraments 101”. Take five minutes and nine seconds to listen to their explanation of why we confess our sins to a priest!
Watch as BustedHalo teaches you how to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Confession 101: part 1 & part 2.
GROWING UP CATHOLIC
The six packets that are provided for you to use at home are from a program called “Growing Up Catholic” at The Pastoral Center. For more information click the link and you will find:
A Guide for Non-Catholic Parents and Guardians
Teaching Your Child to Pray
Having Supper Together
The Three Most Important Things You Can Do to Help Your Children Grow Up Catholic
Using the Bible at Home
A Catholic Glossary
For a Catholic Teaching on Reconciliation click here.
BIBLE STORIES THAT TEACH US ABOUT GOD’S
GREAT LOVE AND MERCY
Week #1 Scripture Story:
Jesus gives all of us good instructions on how to move closer to the Kingdom of Heaven as He loves the little children in Mark 10: 13-16. Sometimes we make things so complicated! Jesus is telling us here that simple and child-like is the way!! There is a reference to Sabbath School in the very beginning. Just explain to your child that we use the term Sunday School, or in our parish, Families in Faith!
Other resources for Week #1 from “Growing Up Catholic”!
Week #2 Scripture Story:
This story is one that I can see myself in . . . . . actually in all three of the characters! Help your child to stand in the shoes of each of the sons. Neither child had perfect behavior! Identify with them what each did wrong, then how the second son turned his bad choice into a very loving choice that ended up giving him a wonderful afternoon with his dad!!
Other resources for Week #2 from “Growing Up Catholic”!
Week #3 Scripture Story:
In Luke 10: 25-37 Jesus teaches the people what it means to REALLY “love your neighbor as yourself”. After watching, ask yourself, “How do I want the people around me to treat me when I am hurt? What do I do when I see someone hurting another person — either physically, or hurting their feelings? Is it hard for me to show love for people who are not liked by others? How can I do this even when it is hard?”
There are several scripture stories where Jesus demonstrates the merciful love of God, our Father. One of these, called “The Prodigal Son”, can be found in Luke 15: 11-32. Here are the SKIT GUYS telling this Bible story in their own unique style that will warm your heart. Watch it with your child, then talk about how much God loves each of us, and when we turn away from Him in sin, all He wants is for us to return to Him!
Other resources for Week #4 from “Growing Up Catholic”!
Week #5 Scripture Story:
Other resources for Week #5 from “Growing Up Catholic”!
Zacchaeus didn’t have any friends, because he acted so badly all the time. He made unloving choices that hurt the people around him. But when he heard that Jesus was coming to town something started to change in his heart. All he knew was that he wanted to see Jesus . . . . . and he was willing to do whatever it took to be able to see Jesus better! Are we willing to do whatever it takes to know Jesus better . . . . . even if it makes other people look at us funny???
Other resources for Week #6 from “Growing Up Catholic”!
”Receive the Holy spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20: 22-23