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A Child's First Penance: Joyful Reconciliation

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In A Child’s First Penance: Joyful Reconciliation, Fr. Jim Deiters introduces the sacrament by explaining how and why we celebrate the Rite of Reconciliation.

First penitents will listen in as Fr. Jim talks with students about sin, true repentance, and God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. As they learn about sin, they’ll discover how their sins affect others and changes their relationship with God. They’ll explore the prayers, rituals, and gestures of the rite—and learn why the scarament of reconciliation is a time for repentance, healing, and joy. Parents will learn how the rite has changed over the years and recognize their essential role in teaching and modeling the faith for their children.

This DVD offers several additional segments, including material that engages adults...

  • An explanation of the sacrament and how the rite has changed over the years, as well as the parents' role in teaching and modeling the faith
  • A message from Lisa Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com, who talks about her First Penance and how feelings of fear were swept away by God's love outpoured in the Rite of Reconciliation
  • A bonus feature, with footage from the companion DVD, A Child's First Communion and So Much More!, and from Feeding Hungry Hearts
  • Ideal for Sacrament Prep classes

A Child's First Penance will instruct and inspire your First Penitents and their parents—drawing them closer to Christ and the Church where they find forgiveness and reconciliation.

Part 1: For Children: Preparing for Your First Reconciliation 

Created to Love and Forgive
What Is Sin?
How Sin Affects Others
Eyelash to Eyelash With God

Part 2: A Tour of the Reconciliation Chapel: A Place of Welcome, Healing, and Prayer

Part 3: For Parents and Adults: Preparing for the Sacrament With Your Child
Your Role As a Parent
What’s on Your Excuse List?
What Is Sin?
How Our Sins Affect Others
Understanding the Sacrament
An Examination of Conscience

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About the Author

Fr. Jim Deiters has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Master of Divinity from Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. Ordained in 1991, he has been pastor of St. Clare of Assisi parish and school since 1996. In addition to his primary role as pastor he also serves in the diocese as a consultant to the bishop and is the Chair of the diocesan committee for priestly formation. Publications include sacramental videos Your Baby’s Baptism and A Child’s First Penance: Joyful Reconciliation for Liguori Publications, and articles on the sacraments for Liguorian magazine.

Product Details

Series No
Product Code 821950
ISBN 9780764821950
Digital ISBN No
Publish Date Jul 20, 2012
Pages 34 Minutes
Size 4.75 x 6
Weight 0.2000
Illustrator No
Case Quantity (Print) No
Product Type DVD

Customer Reviews

Good product Review by Yods
This is a terrific DVD. It covers quite a bit of material, and is a great prompt to use with parents and children as they prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation. It is broken into segments which allow discussion. there is a study guide that goes with it, but I made my own questions. It worked very well. -- I hope that they soon come out with a similar DVD for First Communion. (Posted on 2/14/2013)

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