The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick make up the Sacraments of Healing. God’s design is intended that all people be saved by Christ’s self-sacrificial love. Through the Holy Spirit, we have the Sacraments of Healing to restore us to physical and spiritual health.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance should be seen as a chance to rid ourselves of sin and to turn our hearts toward God. Through confessing our sins to a priest, the representative of Christ, we can be absolved and brought to new life in our walk with God. When we repent from those things that separate us from Christ, the Sacrament cleans our hearts and helps us to live a redeemed life. Sin weakens the relationships we have with God and others. Reconciliation gives us a chance to make amends for our sins, restoring us with God’s grace.
The church advises celebrating Reconciliation regularly for all Catholics. It is one of the precepts of the Church that minimally, we receive Penance at least once a year between Lent and Trinity Sunday.
Preparation for First Reconciliation
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation or First Confession is received in the winter of 2nd grade for children. Students and parents participate in a time of learning. All Faith Formation, Catholic Schooled, and Home Schooled children share many parts of this experience as a community of faith.
Parent/Student Meeting is held in January. This meeting is for all 2nd grade students and their parents from the Area Faith Community. Parents of older students that would like to prepare for the sacrament should contact the parish office.