Sacrament of Reconciliation
Catholics celebrate their faith through all of the sacraments. Among the seven sacraments, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or the Sacrament of Penance, is an important key to the Catholic living. Vatican II helped Catholics to see this sacrament in a new way, opening our lives to the loving forgiveness of the Savior. In our parish, Confessions are heard every Saturday from 4-5 p.m. Expanded times are provided during Advent and Lent. Private appointments for the Sacrament can be made by contacting one of the priests. Confessions are heard in our parish schools during Advent and Lent.
First Reconciliation usually occurs with a child in Grade 2 before they make their First Eucharist. Children are to participate in faith formation along with the sacrament formation.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is the process through which, we as Catholics, are absolved of our sins. The act of Reconciliation realigns our souls with the grace of Jesus and provides healing.
Reconciliation is a sacrament of God’s loving forgiveness by which we are set free from sin, from its eternal punishment, and from at least some of its temporal punishment. This sacrament also helps us grow in God’s grace. It strengthens us to avoid sin and to lead holier lives, and reconciles us with the Church which we have wounded by our sins.
Students must be enrolled in a Faith Formation Program or in a Catholic School at least 1 year prior to receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. Usually children in Grade 1 start preparing to receive the sacrament and in Grade 2 they celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for first time. This is an experience that children will remember as a very beautiful and rewarding experience in their lives.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation classes provide children with a positive experience of understanding right from wrong, conscience formation, and encountering the healing mercy and forgiveness of God.