“When people receive the sacraments, they encounter the Spirit of Jesus in a way that changes their spirit and their body.” Pope Benedict XVI
As Pope Benedict explains in the above quote, the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church develop our inner selves and souls and they help us on our journey to heaven. It is in these special times that we share in Christ’s life, spirit, love, forgiveness and healing.
At St Laurence's Catholic Primary School, we teach the children that the purpose of a sacrament is for us to be changed through these encounters with God and to bear fruit - they need to have a lasting impression on our lives. The children are constantly reminded of these sacraments through their work in Come and See.
During their time at St Laurence's children receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.
In preparation for this Sacrament, the children spend time in their R.E. lessons and at home reflecting on how their good and bad choices have consequences and as such impact on other people as well as themselves and their relationship with God.
Through studying Bible stories such as Zacchaeus the tax collector and parables like the Prodigal Son, the children learn about Jesus’ teachings on repentance and forgiveness and strive to live these out in their daily lives.
Once the children have made the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they look forward to receiving Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time during the summer months.
Children and their families are encouraged by Fr Sean to attend weekly meetings to prepare for the sacrament of the Eucharist.
We encourage families to attend Mass each week and to pray at home as a family.
Information is provided in the letter link below from Fr Sean.