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Heartily Sorry A Gathering to Reawaken an Appreciation of Reconciliation

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A Gathering to Reawaken an Appreciation of Reconciliation
Heartily Sorry
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How many times do we hear adults tell us that their first celebration of the Sacrament of Penance was their last celebration of the sacrament? Or perhaps that they participated when they were Confirmed, and have not done so since their youth.

Encouraging and forming people to participate in the Sacrament of Penance on a regular basis, and to live a life that is reconciling, seems a constant topic among pastoral leaders. We wonder what it will take to help people recognize the true blessing of regular participation in the Sacrament of Penance, and we know that catechesis must be part of the answer.

Heartily Sorry will lead you through the preparation and implementation of a parish catechetical gathering with older children (grades 4 and up), teens and adults, preceding a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Penance by a few moments or a few weeks. We have included a handout for home use as well as intercessions and an examination of conscience for use in the communal celebration.


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Format: eResource
Product code: LAWS140
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 12 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Leisa Anslinger