The Return

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is to increase the youth’s understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the necessity of this sacrament in our lives. The night will also address some of the misconceptions the youth have about Reconciliation.

About this night

This night is going to focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the importance of this sacrament in our lives. Jesus gave the apostles the authority to forgive or bind sins and the sins that are forgiven on earth are forgiven in heaven. This authority is given to the priest to forgive our sins. The Church calls us to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least twice a year, but as we grow and develop in our faith, we should receive the sacrament with greater frequency. Please note, we often hear the words confession or reconciliation in regards to this sacrament. Throughout this night, we will use the word “reconciliation,” but please use the word (confession/reconciliation) that your youth are most familiar with in your community.

This night will start with a fun competition to see who can “Do the Dishes” the fastest to call to mind that we are stained by sin and need the Lord to forgive our sins. This competition will be tied into the Proclaim as an example of what happens to our souls in Reconciliation. The Sacrament spiritually cleanses our souls similar to the way we wash dishes to make them clean. After the competition there will be a skit titled “I Don’t Give a Darn.” This will start out kind of funny with three teens making fun of Confession, but it will end on a serious note. During small group, the youth will be able to discuss their thoughts and possible fears about going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Finally, there will be an examination of conscience to help the youth understand their need for God’s mercy.

Before the Night
You will need to prepare the dirty plates for the opening activity. You want to make sure the plates are dirty and the food dried on the plates.

You will also need to communicate with your pastor about the night so that he can be present if there are any questions and/or provide the opportunity for the youth to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Parental Notice

This Edge Night was about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Thus far this semester, we have discussed the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation). Tonight we discussed one of the two Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation. Jesus gave authority to the apostles to forgive sins and that authority is passed down to bishops and priests today. When we sin, we offend God, as well as the Church and our community. We approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation to ask forgiveness. We find healing in hearing the words, “Your sins have been forgiven, go forth and sin no more.” Through the precepts of the Catholic Church, we are called to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation two times a year. However, to grow in our relationship with Jesus, we should frequent the sacrament more often and make it a part of our spiritual routine. Discuss with your child the importance of going to Reconciliation and help him/her attend within the next month. Check your parish’s Reconciliation times and go as a family.

Here are some conversation starters for the ride home:

  1. Why do you think some people are afraid to go to Reconciliation?
  2. How can going to Reconciliation often help you grow closer to God?
  3. Tell me about the skit that you saw tonight. What did you learn about God’s love and mercy?

 

Environment

At the front of the space have a make-shift confessional. You can do this simply by placing two chairs in the front and hang a curtain between them (If you have access to a kneeler for the penitent, that would work as well.) Around the room have signs that are associated with this Sacrament on poster board. Here are some examples: Confession, Reconciliation, Penance, Contrition, Conversion, Mercy, Forgiveness, etc.

Supplies List

• Curtain

• Two Chairs

• Crucifix

• Music

• Poster Board

• Dirty Plates

• Wipes

• “Lord, I’m Sorry” Handout A

• Pens

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