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Sacraments 101

 

Reconciliation

(also called Penance or Confession)

 

“Those who approach the sacrament of Reconciliation obtain pardon from the mercy of God 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, example and prayer seeks their conversion.”  (Dogmatic Constitution of the Church #11)

The sacrament may be celebrated in two ways: anonymously (behind the screen) or face to face. Preparation and personal reflection on one’s life are necessary before going to the sacrament.  The faithful are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation often.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered in the Chapel
every Thursday from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
and Saturday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Special Parish-wide Reconciliation services are offered during key liturgical seasons, for dates and times please consult the RECONCILIATION SCHEDULE posted with our Mass Schedule.

For a Guide to a Good Confession including Examination of conscience and the prayer of contrition

GOOD CONFESSION

Adults or children baptized after the age of 7 wishing to receive Reconciliation for the first time should prepare via the RCIA program.

RCIA PROGRAM 

Children baptized prior to age 7 wishing to prepare for First Reconciliation should follow the instructions below.

First Reconciliation Preparation
The children’s program focuses on introducing the children to the Catholic community, priests, becoming comfortable in the reconciliation chapel, learning the actual rite of reconciliation, and professing a group of well told stories with moral implications for their level of understanding.

Contact the Director of Religious Education for any specific questions concerning preparation for First Reconciliation or First Eucharist