Reconciliation Resources: A Story of Reconciliation and an Examination of Conscience

Reconciliation Resources: A Story of Reconciliation and an Examination of Conscience

If you’re preparing children to receive First Reconciliation or planning a Reconciliation service for your school or parish, here are two resources to help.

A Story of Reconciliation is a readers’ theater script presenting the story of the prodigal son/forgiving father, as found in Luke 15:11–32. Use it with children preparing for First Reconciliation, or present the story as part of a lesson on the parables. You may want to invite parents to—or involve them in—a presentation of the readers’ theater.

The Examination of Conscience includes parts for five children in addition to the celebrant and works well in a prayer service that includes celebrating the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

Both resource sheets are from the Christ Our Life program by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio. Learn more about Christ Our Life here.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at


  1. Thanks for your very useful material. God bless for sharing your effort, talent and time. Your ppt is very informative, user friendly. Thank you so much!

  2. I was present at the Catechist Formation Day for Trenton Diocese in 2023. Thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Thank you.

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