Today, class 3, 4, 5 and 6 were joined by Father Wilfred and Father Peter for our Reconciliation Service.
As Catholics, we make an extra effort to have reconciliation during Lent because Lent is a time for saying sorry for our sins and moving forward as we make a fresh start.
Before we went to our Reconciliation Service we prepared for the service by writing sorry prayers on slips of tissue paper. Keep reading to find out why we used tissue paper!
As we entered into the service we could see the prayer focus which had a big crucifix with purple cloth, baskets, candles and bowls of water.
During the service, Father Wilfred read a Gospel reading from Matthew’s Gospel. The scripture tells us “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”. We think that when you do good things for people you let your light shine and that light can shine onto the people you meet and help their light shine. To glorify God means to do his work, believe in his Word and listen to God’s call.
Fr Wilfred said that the water in bowls on the prayer focus reminds us of our Baptism and when we are Baptised we have a fresh start with Jesus, just like when we receive Reconciliation and say sorry for our sins.
After we heard our readings, we said some prayers and every time we heard a prayer a candle was blown out to help us reflect on the times that we haven’t let our light shine. After we said our sorry prayer, we lit the candles again as a sign of our change in heart, now we are reconciled with God.
At the end of the service we were invited to put our bits of tissue paper with our sorry prayers on in the baskets. Some of the year 6’s then put the tissue paper into the bowls of water. The writing on our tissue paper dissolved and melted into the water.
“Lord we come before you ready for a new start”.
Your mission is to go to reconciliation at least once during Lent! If you haven’t made the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you can spend some time in prayer telling God what you are sorry for and ask for his forgiveness.
By Isla Stevens and Evan Wagstaff