Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. John 20:23

First Reconciliation

Students can prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at home, or by attending a class.  To attend in person, please complete the online registration form and paper forms.    The class for students and their parents meets on Tuesdays during the school year from 4:30pm – 5:45pm in the Parish Hall (please consult the calendar link for specific dates).  The class uses some of the lessons of the Our Lady of the Rosary Curriculum (found below) to meet the Archdiocesan objectives for preparing for the sacrament.   Also below, is a link to the notebook which outlines which lessons to study.

A First Reconciliation retreat will be held for families in the spring along with interviews with our priest where students and their families can demonstrate that they are ready to receive this sacrament.   Once a student passes their interview, they can receive the sacrament at any confession time at any Catholic parish.

Resources to help you prepare for the sacrament include:

  1. First Reconciliation Notebook
  2. Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism   
  3. Our Lady of the Rosary Information Packet 

A note about the curriculum:

We use several curriculums including:  Scripture, The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Magisterial Documents, The Archdiocese of Denver teaching objectives and curriculum guide, The Baltimore Catechism, Disciple of Christ Education in Virtue, Sophia Institute for Teachers, and Magis Center publications.  The content for preparing for the sacraments involves learning many elements of the Baltimore Catechism which was given approval via imprimaturs* by many bishops in 1895.   At that time, it was meant for the catechesis of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders.  Some parents have said to us that the content is not “age appropriate.”  However, generations of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and beyond have learned their faith through the Baltimore Catechism.    Father Wedow has witnessed 1st hand in his interviews with students that they do easily absorb the information and are on the beginning of the journey to understand the meaning.  Pope John Paul II said that the Catechism “is offered to all the faithful who want to understand better the inexhaustible riches of salvation.”**  Like Mary, who “pondered all these things in her heart,”  seeds of good formation are being firmly planted. Like Mary, students that go onto to receive the spiritual food of the sacraments and the practice the faith have the opportunity to grow in their relationship of knowing, loving, and serving the Lord.

**Please see the USCCB Catechism FAQs #6 – For Whom is the Catechism intended”