[ARCHIVED NEWS] Tuesday, April 3, 2007


Steelton, Pa – Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! During the season of Great Lent, students in the second grade class of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Steelton, PA were preparing for their First Holy Confession. Our church school curriculum designates this time to focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and uses a book of exercises and activities called “Making Things Right” to help young students understand themselves, become more aware of their relationship with God and God’s people, and discuss the effects of doing wrong while constantly being reminded of God’s ever forgiving love.

A special vesper service was scheduled on the Eve of St. Lazarus and our spiritual Father Very Reverend Stavrofor Srboljub Jockovic talked with the children about confession, forgiveness, and the importance of repentance by repeating the parable of Zacchaeus the Tax Collector and the Prodigal Son. After each child received their individual First Holy Confession, they attended Divine Liturgy service on Lazarus Saturday and participated in Holy Communion.
On Palm Sunday the students are given a blessed icon of the Good Shepherd to commemorate this meaningful event.

Church school students who received their First Holy Confession this year: Victoria Douglas, Veronica Douglas, Tomislav Lojpur, Jelana Lojpur, Nicholas Lukic, Marek Mierski, Alexander Mitrovic, Kyranna Radanovic, Grayson Reigel, Sara Turuntus, and Anthony Zaitzev under the direction of Andrea Gunther, 2nd grade teacher.

V. Rev. Stavrofor  Srboljub Jockovic