St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish
6020 W. Ardmore Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646
773-763-8228

2023 Sacrament of Reconciliation

It Takes a Village:
Second-Graders Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation

December 14th was a big day for our second-grade students in the school and in the Religious Education program – they made their first confession.

Children received a votive candle (battery-operated) to take home to use each night as they perform a daily examination of conscience.
They are learning to “Review their day with Jesus” by asking “What am I thankful for? What could I have done better? What will I ask of Jesus?”

The administration of sacraments does not come to fruition by the efforts of one person, one Religious Education Coordinator, one priest. It truly takes a village. The evening Penance Service was the culmination of efforts by a cadre of parents, parishioners, staff and clergy, working together to pass on our rich Catholic faith.

For this sacrament, the leading effort of course is provided by our dedicated catechists, Mrs. Gilda Rivero and Mrs. Mary Ellen Gold, who focused not only on the transactional side of receiving the sacraments, but also on evangelizing – – helping the children to see Jesus and His boundless mercy in the confessing of transgressions.

Our Music Director arranged for a musician, Fr. Leo arranged for three other priests to hear confessions along with our parish priests, and Fr. Mike led the service.

Rebecca Gold and Dr. Hillman warmly welcomed parents and slightly nervous 2nd graders at the sign-in tables.

Lourdes Younus (choir member and RE catechist aid) and Gloria Spychalski (Arts & Environment) happened to be in the church while we were setting up for the evening Penance Service and jumped in to help, as did Alexandra Mucerino (our newest parish staff member).

On a personal note, it is this sort of involvement, and the unexpected assistance by our parish community, that fills me with gratitude. The collective effort exemplifies what Cardinal Cupich describes as co-responsibility for catechesis, when he encouraged us to “embrace the
common vision of our ancestors in the faith: the responsibility for the Church belongs to each one of us.”

More sacramental and faith formation events are planned for next year, and the help of parishioners and parents is always welcomed. I will be putting out a call for volunteers and would welcome your support.

Peggy Bradley, your grateful RE Coordinator