The Sacrament of RECONCILIATION
Reconciliation is to re-unite, to bring back to harmony, to heal division, separation and rupture.
The Catholic perspective is to seek reconciliation with God, with one another, between nations and with our environment.
One of the most beautiful experiences we can have is that of being forgiven. The way to forgiveness can be hard and even painful, but it is worth it all to know that despite our faults we are still loved. Forgiveness is the reassurance that those we have offended still love us.
It does not have to mean that the past is forgotten or that the wrong we have done no longer matters. Our past sins are all part of the tapestry of who we are, but forgiveness makes it possible for us to weave them all into this tapestry without fear, so that we can be at peace again with ourselves, our fellow men and women, and our God. That is the meaning of reconciliation.
The Bible teaches us that God can and will forgive any sin — no matter how serious — as long as we are truly repentant. God never refuses love to anyone.
When we are truly sorry for our sins and turn to God, we become aware of God’s love and know that we are forgiven.
The SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
The Eucharist is the Source and Summit of Catholic life.
In receiving this Sacrament the we are fully received into the Catholic Church.
The Eucharist is the sacrament which comes after Baptism and Confirmation and is the third and final Sacrament of initiation, the climax of the process of initiation into the People of God, the Church.
Eucharist has a Greek origin and has the meaning “to give thanks”
Our use of the word is derived from the description of the action of Jesus at the Last Supper who gave thanks to the Father before pronouncing over the bread and wine with the words, “this is my body …. this is my blood” and sharing them with his disciples. By his words “Do this in memory of me” he offered to the first disciples and to all who would come after them the gift of sharing continually in this new memorial and of belonging to a new covenant with God
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