In the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, children in the 2nd grade, who have been baptized, receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time.
Preparing for First Holy Communion
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST RECONCILIATION
(the sacrament of healing)
Practice an examination of conscience: (Do this each night before bed.)
Responsibilities to God:
a. Have I spent time with God in prayer every day?
b. Have I been stubborn about praying and going to Mass on Sunday?
c. Have I asked God to help me when I have been tempted to sin?
Responsibilities to others:
a. Have I been disobedient and disrespectful to my parents?
b. Have I lied or cheated?
c. Have I been stubborn about my responsibilities?
d. Have I been selfish with the things I have?
e. Have I gotten angry at anyone?
f. Have I hit anyone?
g. Is there anyone in my life that I need to forgive?
h. Have I made fun of others?
i. Have I used bad language?
j. Have I stolen anything?
k. Have I been helpful and loving toward my family?
l. Have I been thankful for the things I have instead of being jealous of others?
Practice telling God you are sorry for your sins by saying the Act of Contrition. (Do this each night before bed.)
During the sacrament of confession, the priest gives a voice to God’s forgiveness. God is forgiving you through the priest. He is there to help, not judge you. Your sins, confessed to the priest, will remain private. Confession puts your soul in the state of grace until the next time you sin.
Know that everyone sins. Sin is when we step away from Jesus through our bad choices. Receiving Jesus's grace, through the sacrament of confession, will heal you and help you to improve in the future as you draw closer to him again. God NEVER walks away from us or abandons us. We walk away from him through our sins.
~Remember Jesus’s love for you and his desire to draw you nearer to himself in this sacrament of healing.~
How to make your First Confession: