1. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also known by the names of its parts:
a. Confession (of our sins after an examination of our conscience)
b. Penance (prayers said or actions done to make up for our sins)
2. God gives us a conscience to help us know right from wrong.
3. We examine our conscience before receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation by thinking about the Ten Commandments.
4. A Mistake is when we do something wrong and hurt someone or something but we didn’t mean to do it.
5. A Sin is the choice we make when we do or say something that we know is wrong and we choose to do or say it anyway.
6. Even when we sin, God loves us and is always ready to forgive us.
7. There are two types of sin: Mortal and Venial.
8. A Mortal Sin is a serious sin that separates us from our friendship with God.
9. A Venial Sin is a less serious sin that weakens our friendship with God.
10. The Sacrament of Reconciliation helps us repair our relationship with God after we have sinned.
11. We say The Act of Contrition to show that we are sorry for our sins.
12. Only God (through the actions of the Priest) can forgive sins.
13. God shows us his mercy if we are truly sorry for our sins.
14. This Sacrament can be received more that one time.
15. Jesus gave us examples of His mercy through many parables in the Bible.
(know one and the lesson taught – this will be a bonus)
a. The story of Peter
b. The story of The Good Thief
c. The story of Zacchaeus
d. The story of The Pardoning of the Sinful Woman
e. The story of The Good Samaritan
f. The story of The Prodigal Son
g. The story of The Good Shepherd