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Children's Religious Education - Sacraments - First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation takes place in January and/or February each year for our students in the second grade of the Religious Education program. We have one practice for each group. One parent MUST attend along with the child (we do encourage both parents to attend). Practices take place in the church. We start on time. If you cannot attend your scheduled practice, please call the office at 516-822-9768.

On the day of your child's Reconciliation go directly to the church with your child. There is no procession. Your child's name will be on the pew. Please have your child sit in the aisle seat. The Reconciliation certificate will be on your child's seat in the pew, please don't forget to take it with you when you leave.

This is not a Mass. The ceremony and receiving the Sacrament itself will take about an hour.

The way you dress your child is up to you. Suits, ties and dresses are NOT required. We suggest that your child wear neat casual clothing, keeping in mind that it is a special occasion.

Prayer of Forgiveness
Your child will learn the Prayer of Forgiveness as part of being prepared for the sacrament of Reconciliation. We ask that you have your child practice saying this prayer at home.

My God,
I am sorry for all my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do Penance, to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, dear God, forgive me.

St. Martin of Tours
220 Central Avenue · Bethpage, NY 11714 · 516-931-0818