Goal of the Edge 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.
Edge Night at a Glance
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.