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Preparation for First Reconciliation

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Stephen Reilly

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5. Come down Zacchaeus
1. Made in God's image
3. Jesus the healer
4. What was lost is found
Preparation for First Reconciliation
Core learning
Class Activities

* Visit the church to see the confessional. .Draw a diagram of your Church and label the important parts of the church e.g Altar, Pulpit, Confessional Box.
*Interview a Primary 4 about their experience of Reconciliation last year.
*Look at the community of the Church, read the Parish Bulletin, create your own entry telling the Parish about your class' preparation for Reconciliation. Class Discussion
* The role of the Priest in the Sacrament. *What is a sin? *Preparation for the rite, "Bless me Father..." * Importance of penance
*Practise prayers for rite with class, discuss the importance of regular reconciliation.
Rejoice with me, I have
found what was lost

Core learning
Core learning
6. Mending relationships
Core learning
Core learning
Core learning
RERC 1-02a
I know that God created me, body, mind and soul.
RERC 1-02a
I know that God has created me in His image (Genesis 1: 26-27). He loves me and His love for me will never come to an end.
RERC 1-02a
I understand that God created all human beings, male and female, in his own image.
RERC 1-03a
I have been given some opportunities to reflect prayerfully on the way in which God has communicated with me, through other people, through creation and through the wonder of my being.
RERC 1-09a
I have explored the themes of reconciliation and forgiveness in the other Strands of Faith and I can understand that:
•God loves me unconditionally and is compassionate and merciful to me when I fall short in my Christian living by sinning. (Image of God 102a; Revealed Truth of God 103a)
RERC 1-09a
I have explored the themes of reconciliation and forgiveness in the other Strands of Faith and I can understand that:
•In His earthly ministry Jesus healed and forgave people through gestures as well as words. (Son of God 106b). Through the Sacraments, the Risen Jesus heals and forgives us through gestures, symbols and words.
RERC 1-06b
I can hear, read and recall that Jesus healed many people and that we call the healing actions of Jesus miracles:
the healing of the man born blind (John 9: 17);
the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8: 14-15).
RERC 1-03a
I know that God’s love and forgiveness can heal me when I make choices that are selfish or that lack love.
RERC 1-08a
I know that two of the sacraments, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick, are called sacraments of healing, which continue Jesus’ forgiving and healing actions in the community of the Church.
RERC 1-11a
I can hear, read and recount narratives of reconciliation and forgiveness in the New Testament (Luke 15: 11-32; 19: 1-10; 15: 47) and I understand that God calls me to forgive and to be forgiven in my own life.
Parable of the Loving Father and the Two Sons; Zacchaeus ; Lost Sheep.
RERC 1-06b
I can hear, read and recall that Jesus taught his followers through the stories he told and that we call these stories parables:
the Lost Sheep (Luke 15: 17); the Lost Coin (Luke 15: 8-10); the Lost Son (Luke 15: 11-31).
RERC 1-03a
I can explore the parable of the Loving Father and the Two Sons (Luke 15: 11-32), and I can recognise that God communicates his healing love and forgiveness, when people make selfish choices or show a lack of love in what they say or do.
RERC 1-03a
I know that God’s love and forgiveness can heal me when I make choices that are selfish or that lack love.
RERC 1-22a
I can hear, read, and recall the narrative of Jesus and Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 110).
RERC 1-22a
I understand that Jesus took the initiative and approached Zacchaeus, offering him acceptance and forgiveness.
RERC 1-22a
I recognise that Jesus invited him to relationship by entering his house and sharing a meal with him.
RERC 1-22a
I recognise that Zacchaeus responded to Jesus’ invitation by repenting, accepting forgiveness for his sins and offering to make up for the wrong he has done.
RERC 1-22a
I know that Jesus calls each of us into a relationship of acceptance and forgiveness of our sins, and that we too can have a change of heart and make up for any wrong we have done.
RERC 1-09a
I have explored the themes of reconciliation and forgiveness in the other Strands of Faith and I can understand that:
•I can choose to accept God’s way in my life (Son of God 105a). However, because I have free will (Reign of God 123a; In the Image of God 102a; Revealed Truth of God 103a), I can also choose to turn away from God, and sin. God’s offer of love and forgiveness always waits for me, and when I turn to God in sorrow for my sins, I can live in peace and friendship with others. (Reign of God 122a).
•I need to say sorry to God and others and I can do so using my own words, or using formal prayers, services and seasons of the Church. (Hours of God 114a; 116a; 117a; 118a).
RERC 1-03a
I know that God’s love and forgiveness can heal me when I make choices that are selfish or that lack love.
RERC 1-09a
I understand that when I celebrate the Sacrament of Penance, I confess my sins, express my sorrow, and receive God’s forgiveness and love. I know that as God has forgiven me, so I must forgive others.
2. Chosen in Baptism
Core learning
RERC 1-09a
I can recall what I learned about Baptism in Primary 2.
RERC 1-04a
I have reflected on the narrative of Jesus’ baptism in Mark’s gospel (Mark: 1: 911) and I can identify the presence of the Holy Spirit in this story.
Sometimes we don’t think about how our behaviour affects those around us. God always wants us to think about how we are behaving and He is always glad when we want to change for the better. In the bible, Jesus met a man called Zacchaeus who hadn’t been fair and decent to others but when he met Jesus he truly wanted to change and make amends for what he had done. Jesus welcomed him with open arms, just as he welcomes us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Read this story from scripture with a partner.
Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus wants to change
Jesus was travelling through Jericho. In Jericho, there was a man called Zacchaeus who he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy but he had often cheated others from their money. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was such a short man he could not see over the rest of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
When Jesus reached the tree, he stopped and looked up him and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So Zacchaeus came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
All the other people in the crowd saw this and they were confused. They began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to Jesus, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Talk about the scripture with a partner
• What was Zacchaeus like before he heard Jesus talk to the people?
• How do you know Zacchaeus really wanted to hear Jesus?
• How did Jesus’ teaching make Zacchaeus feel? What did it make him want to do?
• Why do you think Jesus wanted to go with Zachaeus to his home?
• What was Jesus telling us about God’s love in this event?
Find a quiet place with your adult helper.
If you have a candle, light it to remind you that
God is with you.
Close your eyes….
Still yourself….
Concentrate on the stillness around you….
Imagine you are in the tree like Zacchaeus was….you hear Jesus speak……
You think about how you haven’t always been fair to those around you..
Jesus speaks to you …. He smiles at you as he speaks…. He knows you
want to change…. Jesus takes you by the hand and he tells you how
much God loves you…..

Think quietly for a moment about how you feel ….
You can talk to Jesus about how you feel…..

Open your eyes and stretch.
After a few moments, say together:
“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen
Jesus takes us by the hand when we ask him to help us to change.
He tells us ‘Today Salvation has come to this house’
O my God, I thank you for loving me.
I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others
And not loving you.
Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen”
Class Task
Complete a cartoon strip about Zacchaeus
The Story of the Loving Father and His Two Sons. (Jesus was speaking...)
Then he said, 'There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, "Father, let me have the share of the estate that will come to me." So the father divided the property between them. A few days later, the younger son got together everything he had and left for a distant country where he squandered his money on a life of debauchery.
When he had spent it all, that country experienced a severe famine, and now he began to feel the pinch; so he hired himself out to one of the local inhabitants who put him on his farm to feed the pigs. And he would willingly have filled himself with the husks the pigs were eating but no one would let him have them. Then he came to his senses and said, "How many of my father's hired men have all the food they want and more, and here am I dying of hunger! I will leave this place and go to my father and say: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired men."
So he left the place and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him. Then his son said, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son."
But the father said to his servants, "Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the calf we have been fattening, and kill it; we will celebrate by having a feast, because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found." And they began to celebrate.
Now the elder son was out in the fields, and on his way back, as he drew near the house, he could hear music and dancing. Calling one of the servants he asked what it was all about. The servant told him, "Your brother has come, and your father has killed the calf we had been fattening because he has got him back safe and sound."
He was angry then and refused to go in, and his father came out and began to urge him to come in; but he retorted to his father, "All these years I have slaved for you and never once disobeyed any orders of yours, yet you never offered me so much as a kid for me to celebrate with my friends. But, for this son of yours, when he comes back after swallowing up your property - he and his loose women - you kill the calf we had been fattening."

The father said, "My son, you are with me always and all I have is yours. But it was only right we should celebrate and rejoice, because your brother here was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found."

Discuss the story to establish understanding. Consider a role-play to establish the feelings of the main characters.
Suggested Class Activities / Reconciliation in action
Play 'Do this, do that' game. Discretely prepare some confident children to 'be a teacher' and try to distract pupils from copying the real teacher. To start with all pupils copy teacher's actions- and have fun together.
Then it's repeated but the selected children start distracting from different parts of the room from the teacher. This shows how hard it is to follow what God wants when we turn away from Him.
Relate this turning away from God to the sons in the story and the childrens' everyday lives by guiding the children through the Examination of Conscience.
Discuss the Rembrandt picture of the Prodigal Son -love is blind like the father (or other Prodigal Son Art). Children could draw/paint their own choice of scene(s) from the story to show their understanding.

To further familiarise them with examination points and their actual lives and experiences, children could sort the points (copied, printed out and cut) into contexts like prayers, friends, parents and school life.

Reread the story of Zacchaeus. Discuss to recap. We can and we should try to make up for what we have done wrong.
How did Zacchaeus make amends with other people? Play game matching sins of Zacchaeus and others in story with how to mend them from selection.
Lego building- one partner builds something quite simple and another destroys it. How do we feel? How do we make amends? Say sorry and rebuild it together and better!
Role play of how Zacchaeus made amends initially. Then discuss examples of how children can make amends in their lives for sins -use the examination of conscience for examples, if needed, with some specific details of events.
**Introduce this exercise in the Home Workbook.*

The children can be encouraged to reconcile with each other at break times whenever there is a disagreement or a fall-out. They tell the class and write it on a post-it and this then goes into an A3-sized Class Reconciliation Book and kept on the class altar.
Class teacher could make any apologies needed to anyone very clearly, as leading by example.
Children encouraged to tell the teacher/class about any times they've apologised at school or at home.
Encourage the children to think about ways to avoid committing some of their sins in future.
Prayer service including a few examples of 'I'm sorry for times when I was...unkind, cheeky, greedy, etc'. Follow this with the Act of Sorrow.
Help pupils to write private letters to God or other people they know saying sorry while listening to a meditative hymn in the background on forgiveness.
These sessions could be repeated later as appropriate but adding 'Thank you God for helping me make amends'.
Say the Our Father daily and whenever appropriate, pausing at the words 'Forgive us our trespasses' and again at '...as we forgive those who trespass against us' to allow the children to examine their consciences, especially at the beginning and end of the day.
Prayer times
Scripture Luke 15:11-32

Your Journey of Faith begins with Baptism. This is the first sacrament that all Catholics participate in. It is a public initiation to our faith in which our parents and god parents give us a name that show God’s and our families love for us.
Ask the children to discuss their baptism with their family and then share memories. They may bring in photographs, gifts or keepsakes given to them to commemorate this occasion.
Read the narrative of Jesus’ Baptism in Mark’s gospel

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”


Discuss with the children the role of John the Baptist and why he carried out the Baptism.
How is the Holy Spirit represented in this story?
Discuss the symbol of water
Highlight other bible etc stories that use water-Washing of Feet, Bernadette in Lourdes
Symbols of Baptism

Discuss with the children the relevant signs and symbols of Baptism- these should be familiar from primary 2 learning

http://www.christthekingparish.com/Baptism+of+Children has an outline of the meaning of the symbols
Complete matching activity

TIOF Podcasts: Symbols of Baptism TIOF Primary2
Prayer Time

Focus of prayer should be for our parents and god parents to help guide us we start on the next stage of our Journey of Faith.

Light a candle (a Baptismal Candle or a tea light)
Play quiet music and encourage children to think of their parents, god parents and everything they do to help.

Ask the children to join you in a Hail Mary to ask for her help as they begin the next stage in their journey of faith.
Activity 1:


Read stories The Healing of the man born blind (John 9:17) and
The healing of Peter's mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14-15)

Discuss events of the story with the children.
Activity 2

Discuss with children a time when they have fallen and needed some help.
Who helped you feel better? What did they do?
Write a story and draw a picture about this.
Activity 3:

With a partner the children can either draw around their own hand or allow their partner to draw around their hand.
Inside the cut out of hand write things that they use their hands for e.g drawing, writing, washing etc

These hands could be used for display purposes after returned from home by children.
Throughout his ministry, Jesus healed people, and he often did so with gestures as well as words. We know that symbolic gestures like this can be powerful and speak louder than words. The sacraments use gestures as well as words to make visible the healing and forgiving power of God in the Church today.

Read the narrative of ‘Lost Sheep’ parable, Luke 15:1-7 (Jerusalem Version)
The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’
So he spoke this parable to them:
‘What man among you with a hundred sheep,
losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in
the wilderness and go after the missing one till he found it?
And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours?
“Rejoice with me,” he would say
“I have found my sheep that was lost.”
In the same way, I tell you,
there will be more rejoicing in heaven over
one repentant sinner than over
ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.
School Activities

Discuss parable of the Lost Sheep. Invite shepherd into school, visit a farm and/or write to local farmers and explore their similarities between modern day sheep farming and that of the New Testament parable. Children can carry out art, drama and writing activities to create shepherd and sheep display. Through activities, children will experience forgiving love and reconciliation.
Prayer Time
Focus of prayer should be for our parents to help guide us we start on our sacramental journey of Faith.

Light a candle (a Baptismal Candle or a tea light)
Play quiet music and encourage children to think of times they are lost to Jesus through their actions and how reconciliation brings forgiving love, healing, goodness and friendship.
Ask the children to join you in an Act of Sorrow and appropriate hymn and mass responses, to ask for help as they continue on their journey of faith towards the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Additional Resources

Online biblical animations You Tube, RCDom site, commercial purchase available Pauline’s Bookshop
RHET – Royal Highland Education Trust: rhetinfo@rhass.org.uk
Search parable of the Lost Sheep for children online.
7. Preparing for the
Sacrament of Reconciliation

Prayer Time
Light a candle , play some quiet music
Close eyes and think of the next step in your journey.
Now you are ready to receive the sacrament for the first time ,think carefully about what you want to tell God and ask God to help you make an honest and full confession.
Ask children to say The Our Father with you ,
Together say an Act of Sorrow
Finish prayer time with Hymn Listen
Core Learning
RERC 1-09a During my preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation I have discussed and understand that:
• the priest forgives us in the name of God and the Church
• the Word of God assures us of God’s love and challenges us to conversion of heart
• it is important to prepare to confess my sins, and to be truly sorry and try not to sin again
• the priest says the prayer of absolution in which we are forgiven in God’s name through the power of the Holy Spirit
• I must make an Act of Contrition.
• I show that I want to make up for the wrong we have done by undertaking a penance.
RERC 1-09a
I know how to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation together with my class or when I go to Confession in my parish.
RERC 1-09a
I know that I can and should celebrate the Sacrament of Penance regularly
Learn hymn:
"O the Word of my Lord, deep within my being."

Literacy: Read Psalm 139 for Kids on

Psalm 139
It was you who created my inmost self,
and put me together in my mother's womb;
For all these mysteries I thank you: for the wonders of myself, for the wonders of your works.

St Paul to the Ephesians 1: 10
We are God's work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live a good life as God means us to live it.
When God created you, he made you special. He made you like Jesus. God created you in your mother's womb, and your uniqueness is God's work of art
Suggested activities to do in class:

Activity 1:
God says game:
Each child will pick a slip of paper from the teacher's basket that will have something for the child to 'act out' that GOD might tell them to do.
The rest of the class will try to guess what the child is acting out. Ideas should be things that GOD might have a "child" do - such as read the Bible, pray, help someone who is elderly, play music; clean a part of the church, be kind, share your possessions, help with housework around the house and help teacher in the class.
Activity 2
Using an open box with a mirror at the bottom, encourage each child to come out and look in the box. Each child will see their reflection in the mirror.
Activity 3
BANNER: Draw large red heart with GOD FORMED ME BEFORE I WAS BORN written inside the heart; draw or trace hands and write below them: MY LIFE IS IN GOD'S HANDS: and draw a large EAR and write: HE HEARS ME WHEN I CALL. This can be a classroom banner with everyone taking part or each child can make a banner above to take home.
Examine your own finger or thumb print, looking at the directions of the lines. Compare it to your friends print and look closely at the differences between the two of them.


Books relating to the Saints
Websites/other resources:
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