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Sunday, February 19, 2017
First Confession home retreat
This is my opinion on how sacraments should work. So take it with a grain of salt. I have been hearing a lot lately about kids making their first Confession months before their First Communion. I am not sure why they aren't paired together anymore (like I had it in Catholic Grade School). Seems like the momentum should keep going and pairing them together in one weekend feels ideal!
As we approached Saturday afternoon and evening I knew it had to be peaceful. You should have your party preps done by then and everything cleaned up and mostly laid out. Your child needs to be in the sacrament mindset and thinking about Jesus coming into their hearts and bodies physically. We wound down Saturday early afternoon a little before 2 pm. Genna's first Confession was scheduled around 3. She watched a Brother Francis video on the Sacrament of Confession and we rehearsed what she needed to do again. And we made a good examination of conscience again- if you have been doing them nightly almost every night it is easy.
Knox, Genna and I all received the sacrament Saturday together. I wish I would have gotten a picture of that smile on her face when she first walked out of confession. The moment was beautiful, She sure is cute below with that smile, but she was radiant after her confession.
After we were done with Confession we did our St. Joseph Novena- there's a beautiful St. Joseph altar at our parish.
Outside our Church. Yes the weather is beautiful- the pollen terrible, we are all sick and hacking here!
We can't go without First Confession ice cream- even when we are sick. Our souls are shiny and new! Genna's first reaction to her Confession was this. "Mom I want my soul to stay shiney and new because I am receiving Jesus tomorrow into my heart. I don't want to fight with my brothers or get intro trouble. I want it perfect for Jesus at my First Communion!" Then her next reaction was I want you to take me to mass every day this week. And then the next reaction was I want to receive Jesus' blood at mass.
MMMM....Zoe likes icecream too!
After we got our celebratory ice cream we went home and had dinner. We then did our weekly mass prep like we would usually do, it involves a craft currently from https://themassbox.cratejoy.com/ and we also watch Holy Heroes Mass Prep videos- they read the full Gospel to you.
Your are temple of God! Love your enemies! Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect!
We signed our Novenas and finished the prayers.
We also did a St. Michael Chaplet that night so Genna would have an angelic military escort on her First Holy Communion. (Read the promises!)
We use a youtube video to lead the prayers.