“Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1440).
The Sacrament of Penance, also known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation or confession, is the expression of the healing ministry of Christ for our ongoing conversion. It is a celebration of God’s grace present to us today and for all eternity.
The parish celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation communally twice a year during the Advent and Lent Penance Services.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a two-year process that usually begins in the first grade. Parents play an essential role in this sacramental preparation process, being the first and best witness to their children regarding the healing power of this sacrament in their own lives. Final preparation for the reception of First Reconciliation takes place during the second grade level of catechesis in both the school and the religious education program. Older children who need to be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation are prepared through our Tie of Christian Initiation of Children class. For further information, contact the director of religious education.