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With You Always resource for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation

The With You Always resource from September 2016 prepares children and ther families for First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  

This change came about as a result of Archbishop Malcolm McMahon's survey of parent, clergy, school and parishioner opionions about the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initation in 2015.  There were two outcomes of his sacramental survey:

Family Catechesis is a success and will continue to prepare families for the sacraments

1.     Family Catechesis was widely praised as the way to prepare children for the sacraments, to engage parents and children in parish life, and to support parents as their child's 'first and best teachers'.

The parent pages have been redesigned to be easier to use. A sample of Session 3 parent pages.

Confirmation will be delayed until the teenage years

2.     While opinion about the age for Confirmation was divided among survey respondents, the majority asked for a return to teenage Confirmation in the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

Confirmation as a topic has been removed from Sessions 4, 6 and 7. More detailed information here.

Reconciliation for young people... a tool kit

Reconciliation for young people... a tool kit - a resource in perfect time for the Year of Mercy
  • This resource is flexible and adaptable
  • Can be used in schools or parishes
  • Can be used with young people or with young people and their families
For more information see here.

As Pope Francis has so recently said:

‘So many people, including the youth, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives.  
Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands.’
-Misericordiae Vultus, 11 April 2015

Jesus spoke to them... 'and know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.' (Matthew 28:20)

Parents '...will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith.  May they also be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do...' (Rite of Baptism)

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'Christian families are missionary families, in their everyday life, in their doing everyday things...'  Pope Francis
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