First Reconciliation

After over a year’s worth of preparation and anticipation, Whit completed the sacrament of First Reconciliation earlier this week.

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Seeing him outside of the church doors was bittersweet.  On one hand, I was so proud of him but on the other…. he’s just so BIG and mature.  What happened to my baby?

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We started with a reading and few prayers in the church.  Then the adults were dismissed and the kids went with their teachers to make their first confessions with the priests.

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After their confession, they came back into the church, lit a candle at the altar and prayed.

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For my non-Catholic friends, the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.  Reconciliation, commonly called confession, is how we obtain absolution for our sins.  In this sacrament we confess our sins to a priest and are forgiven in Jesus’ name.  This is a comforting practice for Catholics and is a celebration of Jesus’ gift of forgiveness.  The first reconciliation occurs in second grade.  Whit did not share what he confessed, but I imagine it was along the lines of fighting with his brother, not saying his prayers at night, etc.

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Whit’s oldest friend and a dear, dear family friend made the sacrament together, just like their older brothers three years before.

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My whole world right here…  me and my boys.

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After reconciliation, we went to dinner with the L family to celebrate our babies.  At the end of the night these two were dancing at the table to Go Noodle.

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Tricia at HKL Designs once again made these precious ornaments as keepsakes.  We just hung Whit’s on his tree yesterday.

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And this morning we recorded his sacrament in the family bible.

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The littles spend their entire first and second grade years preparing for these sacraments and will celebrate their first communion in the spring!  It is such a special year for the kids!!

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5 thoughts on “First Reconciliation

  1. Whit, what an important milestone!

    Mama, don’t they grow up so fast?! Your young man is so handsome and I know how proud you must be! xo

  2. I’m Lutheran, but we share confession as a means of reconciliation and confidence in the Lord’s mercies. Congratulations on this milestone in the life as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  3. Congratulations on making this important step in your Catholic faith, Whit!
    I need to go to confession, I haven’t gone since we got married three years ago and it is one of those things that you feel better after doing for sure.

  4. Congratulations! What a beautiful moment for Whit in his growing faith, and for your family. It’s a wonderful gift that we have and came to realize many of us really don’t so often enough. It’s something I’ve started doing much more frequently these days–highly recommend :) May God continue to bless him and all of you! And, as always, love your blog!

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