Jesus' affection for children is clearly affirmed in the Gospels. When His disciples attempted to halt people from bringing children to Jesus for His blessing, He insisted: "let the little children come to Me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs" (Mt 19"14).
The greatest gift which God the Father can give to anyone, including children, is faith in his only begotten Son. Jesus declared that the Father reveals his Son to children more readily than to the learned and clever.
Recalling these examples of Jesus' attention to children sets the proper context for helping children examine their conscience and prepare them for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This sacrament allows Jesus to express his love for children today. Through it, He continues to influence their lives; He demonstrates His power to heal them, to free them from the bondage of sin, and raise them to a new life. For these reasons, Jesus still exhorts us: "Let the children come!"
As of September 2017, children in Grades 3 & 4 can now participate in the
Sacrament of First Reconciliation.
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation, for those children who have been prepared, will take place
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 for children attending MNA, St. Jerome, St. Bede and AOOL
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 for children attending Our Lady of Grace, St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Clare and others.
Please note the sacrament will take place at Our Lady of Grace School located at
736 Evanston Drive NW not at Ascension Catholic Parish.