Reconciliation is celebrated Saturday evenings from 4:00 to 4:30 PM and Sunday mornings from 9:15-9:45 AM.
Children typically celebrate their First Reconciliation in second grade.
Children must be baptized and have completed one year of Discipleship Formation or an equivalent year of Catholic grade school education prior to beginning the sacrament preparation process.
Sacrament Preparation for First Reconciliation
Parent Folder Materials
- Sacrament Preparation Calendar 2020-2021 Revised 9-15-20
- Family Lesson Guides (for use with the God's Gift: Reconcililation workbook)
Login page for God's Gift: Reconciliation online resources: https://video.loyolapress.com/register.php
Creating a Prayer Space in your Home
- How to Create a Prayer Space in Your Home (article by Catholic Icing)
- A Guide to Family Prayer for Busy Parents (article by CathFamily)
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation & Children (article by USCCB)
- Making a Good Confession (video by Fr. Mike Schmitz)
- Four Reconciliation Questions on the Mind of Every Third Grader (article by Catechist's Journey)
- How to Forgive (article by mariagoretti.com)
- Reconciliation Guide for Children
- Prayers to Know in Grade 2
Resources to Help Those Who Have Already Received the Sacrament for the First Time
Welcome. Has it been a while since your last confession?
Do you have questions about the Sacrament such as:
- It's been so long, I cannot remember the words ...
- I have committed too many sins, the priest will never forgive me ...
- Does the Church still teach that we have to go to Confession ...
- What's the Sacrament even called? Is it Penance, Reconciliation or Confession ...
If you have experienced one of these thoughts, you are not alone.
The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops' website contains resources to help you rediscover the Sacrament of Reconciliatiom and answer questions about the Catholic Church and Her teachings. We invite you to explore this site and to contact your local parish to experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Why do Catholics go to confession? Curious? If so, visit this website: www.usccb.org.
- More information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/index.cfm.
- "Making a Good Confession" video by Fr. Mike Schmitz: http://ascensionpresents.com/video/making-a-good-confession/
- "The Power of Confession" video by Fr. Mike Schmitz: https://youtu.be/_C4hGM3ItKk
- Several options for making an Examination of Conscience: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examinations-of-conscience.cfm
Still struggling with forgiveness? Check out this excellent article for examples and a list of steps: http://mariagoretti.com/how-to-forgive/
Peace and all God's goodness be upon you!
The Act of Contrition
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and
to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.