Oh, Dearest Mother, Sweetest Virgin of Altagracia, our Patroness. You are our Advocate and to you we recommend our needs. You are our Teacher and like disciples we come to learn from the example of your holy life. You are our Mother, and like children, we come to offer you all of the love of our hearts. Receive, dearest Mother, our offerings and listen attentively to our supplications. Amen.

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Posted: Dec 28 2007 at 12:28pm | IP Logged Quote mztanko

Does anyone have an idea of a craft for kids (ages 7-12) to do that pertains to the sacrament of confession?
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Posted: Dec 28 2007 at 5:19pm | IP Logged Quote Devoted

I did one with my daughter that she really loved. At our church the confessionals are on each side of the altar. So, we drew the altar with the confessionals. We colored it with colored pencils. The confessional doors we colored with glitter pens. We cut along three sides of the confessional doors so they would open. On another piece of cardstock in the corresponding location we drew the inside of the confessional and then glued the altar over it so that when we opened the door, we could see the inside. We then drew, colored, cut out and pasted to a popcicle stick two figures of a girl in a white dress (of course you could do a boy). One figure had a perfectly white dress that we did in glitter glue. The other was done with colored pencil and was a dirty dress. We glued them to the same end, opposite sides of the popcicle stick. We played with it by having the little puppet with a dirty dress approach the altar and pray then go into the confessional. With a quick flip she can come out sparkling clean. We called her "Self" and did it in conjunction with King of the Golden City.

I hope that's somewhat clear. It may look hard but it was a really easy craft.
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Posted: Dec 28 2007 at 6:59pm | IP Logged Quote Maddie

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A dear elderly lady who helped me prepare my children for Confession had them make a Sacrament of Penance Treasure Box.

She used brown paper cut and folded in the shape of a treasure chest. Then she glued gold ribbon on the treasure box cut out to make it look like the straps on a chest. A minature lock was glued on the front, this can be found in the jewlery section (I think they're called minature charms) at Michaels. The words "Sacrament of Penance" was typed in a fancy ancient looking font and glued to the front on the treasure chest.

On the inside of the chest were pieces of paper (cardstock or poster quality) cut into jewel shapes like diamonds for example. On the pieces of paper she glued "jewels". (They can be bought by the bag full at craft stores.)On each piece of paper she wrote the "treasures" of Confession:

Increases my treasures in heaven
Helps me say no to sin
Makes my soul more beautiful
Takes away my sins
Restores grace to my soul
Helps me to be good

My children loved the craft and referred to it often while preparing for Confession.

"My Confession Book" by Sister M. Andrine Welters, O.S.B. is my favorite little preparation book for children. Tan sells them for about $2.

Not sure this craft explaination makes sense. I wish I could take a picture of it for you!

I posted this craft last year, HTH. I have a digital camera now, so I'll try and post a pic if you're interested.

God bless,

Wife to my dh and Momma of 9 dear ones
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Posted: Dec 28 2007 at 11:34pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Here are Maddie's pictures of the Sacrament of Penance Treasure Box. It is a beautiful craft, isn't it!

Mary M. in Denver

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Posted: Dec 29 2007 at 1:44pm | IP Logged Quote mztanko

Thanks so much for the confession craft ideas!
The pictures were really helpful- thanks for going to the trouble of posting them!
Maria T.
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