First Reconciliation

Confession: Saturday – 4:15-4:45 (anytime by request)

Healing from sinfulness and illnesses of all kinds was a major part of Jesus’ ministry. It is also a major part of the Church’s ministry. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick are the two main ways the Church makes present God’s healing and forgiveness. Children first begin to learn of God’s healing love and forgiveness in the family where they hear “I love you”; “I am sorry” and “I forgive you.”

The formal preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation begins in the First Grade and continues in the Second Grade. Parents play a primary role in the preparation of the children for the sacraments. During January and February of the Second Grade year, parents and children participate in two “Family Sessions” at the parish on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The sessions are followed by activities in the home and by instruction for the children in the Sunday morning PSR classes. The Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is held at the Parish Lenten Communal Penance Service.

“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.”
~Catechism of the Catholic Church

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