Reconciliation Preparation

Preparation to receive the loving gift of forgiveness and healing of the Lord

The first three years of instruction within the RE scheme follow this pattern:

- Foundation Course

- First Confession or Reconciliation

- First Communion

At the ESCM we teach the children about God’s loving forgiveness in a welcoming and child sensitive way, and First Confession is given face to face, not in a Confessional.  It might be very unlike how you remember it being taught when you were a child !

Children must receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving First Communion.  Fr Boguslaw is happy to talk to any prospective parents about the First Reconciliation instruction should there be any concerns.

The next First Confession course will begin in August 2015, and will be available to 8 year olds who have completed the Foundation Course.

Not received First Confession yet?

If you are newly arrived in or moving to Zurich, your child has received First Communion but not yet First Confession, and you wish your child to join either the First Communion or the Post Communion classes, we can provide you with support and materials to home school your child for the Sacrament of First Confession during 2015-2016.

Please see our priest to discuss this.

 

LETTER TO PARENTS REGARDING FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND FIRST RECONCILIATION

Dear Parents.

 

Many "firsts" in the life of a child such as their first cry, first word and first step occur within the context of the family.  With your initiative and faith, your child received the first Sacrament of the Church - Baptism.  Afterwards, it was you who first spoke to your children about God.  Now it is the time for your child to recognize the saving love of God in either the Sacraments of Reconciliation or the Sacrament of the Eucharist or both, depending on which of these two sacraments your child has not yet received.

 

At the Second Vatican Council, the Church taught that the family is the "Domestic Church" and parents, by word and example, are the first heralds of the Faith with regard to their children.  While appreciating all your efforts to nourish the spiritual life of your child, I as your pastor, and all the parishioners of The English Speaking Catholic Mission, pledge our support and assistance in preparing your child for these sacraments.

 

Within the ESCM, a great deal of emphasis is put on the responsibility for the preparation for the Sacraments being shared by parents, and the parish. ¬†Many of your families are ‚Äúinternational‚ÄĚ families, moving from one country to another and in most cases without the benefit and support of a Catholic school system. ¬†We will also be providing you with some material for you to work with your child at home in preparation for these Sacraments. ¬†We ask you to make a commitment to attend all the sessions at the Church and to do the homework with your child. ¬†Your child's readiness for these sacraments will only be as good as the effort you put into making it happen and to fail to do so deprives no one but your child.