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Session Four: At Home This Week

Session Review


This week, we are talking about something that can be really hard to do: admitting when we have done something wrong.

Everyone does things that are wrong or makes bad choices sometimes!  It is really important that we understand that even when we sin, God still loves us!

Sin & Forgiveness

  • Sin hurts us, others, and our relationship with God.

  • Sin is choosing to do something we know is wrong or intentionally not doing something we know is right.

  • God gives us the freedom to choose between good and bad things.

  • Our conscience is God's Grace helping us to know right from wrong.

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation heals us from sin.  In it, the Church celebrates how God forgives us.

  • We say we're sorry to God at the beginning of every Mass.

Rite of Reconciliation

  • Penance is a task the priest gives us after we confess, to help us turn away from sin and back to God.  It might be saying a prayer or some other action.

  • You should perform your penance as soon as possible after you confess.

"Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works." - Thomas Aquinas

Even the Pope confesses!

In Lent 2014, Pope Francis presided at a reconciliation service and was expected to start hearing confessions along with 61 other priests. But he surprised his master of ceremonies (and many others) by first going to one of the priests at an open confessional to confess himself.

Just beforehand he preached about the call to conversion: “It is the call to change one’s life. Conversion is not a matter of a moment or a year, it is a commitment that lasts a lifetime. Who among us can be assumed not to be a sinner? No one!”

Just for Parents - Here's a short video addressing how you can best prepare for receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, even if it has been a while.  

At Home This Week

You still have plenty of formation to do for your kiddos at home!

  • "Promises for the future" on page 15/16 of the workbook

  • Memorizing an Act of Contrition (keep working on this from last session)

  • Practicing performing an Examination of Conscience (keep working on this from last session)

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