Extraordinary Sacramental Preparation for Children at St Joseph’s Church, Harrogate 2020-2021

This page contains the links necessary for the programmes of Sacramental Preparation to be used by families in the preparation of their children for the reception of the Sacraments during this extraordinary year.

The first resources which are published here will introduce the sessions to be completed at home for your child’s First Reconciliation. This is for children who are currently in Year 4 at school, and were unable to receive the sacrament earlier this year.

INTRODUCTION BY

FR STEPHEN WEBB & MR PAUL FLETCHER

 

First Reconciliation – Present Year 4 Children:

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Below are the videos which accompany the physical resources you have received through school, or at Church (for those who don’t attend St Joseph’s School).

INTRODUCTION BY FR HENRY LONGBOTTOM

Reconciliation Help and Guidance Introduction

 

 

SESSION ONE

Reconciliation Help and Guidance Session 1

 

 

SESSION TWO

Reconciliation Help and Guidance Session 2

 

 

SESSION THREE

Reconciliation Help and Guidance Session 3

 

 

SESSION FOUR

Reconciliation Help and Guidance Session 4

 

 

SESSION FIVE

Reconciliation Help and Guidance Session 5

 

 

EXTRA RESOURCES

Book of Reconciliation Prayers

First Reconciliation – Stickers

 

FIRST RECONCILIATION GLOSSARIES

There are links below to two glossaries which help to explain difficult words both in the Reconciliation book (Heart Speaks to Heart: the Gift of Reconciliation) and the story book (The Marvellous Adventures of Max and Droogo) which the children have been given as a fun way to think about the importance of saying sorry and asking for forgiveness.

Glossary Reconciliation

Glossary Max and Droogo

 

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Reconciliation (Confession)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession, sometimes also called Penance, is the means by which any mortal sins which we have committed since Baptism are forgiven, and we may return to receiving Holy Communion. It is also a salutary practice for us to go to confession regularly to confess our venial sins and receive the grace of the sacrament.

Confession arrangements at St. Joseph’s

At St. Joseph’s, confessions are heard in the Church every Saturday before the 5.30pm Vigil Mass at 4.30 until 5.00pm. The Parish Priest will also be happy to hear confessions on request at other times, for example, after weekday Mass or any other service in the Church. Children are prepared to make their First Reconciliation in Year 3, which then leads on to the First Holy Communion programme in Year 4.