Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance was instituted by Jesus, the physician of our souls and bodies,
who forgave the sins of the paralytic and willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, His
work of healing and salvation. Jesus has willed that the life and actions of His Church be a sign and
instrument of forgiveness and reconciliation. (CCC 1442)

Children are generally prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time when they
reach the second grade. They are prepared through a special program and must already be attending
religious education classes or attending Catholic grade school. Older children may be prepared separately
from the second graders. For further information please contact the school office.

Adults who wish to be initiated into the sacrament of Reconciliation should contact the parish office about
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).

Parish penance services are held during Advent and Lent and are announced in the parish bulletin.
Individuals may also call the parish office to arrange for a personal appointment with the pastor to celebrate
the sacrament.

Catholics are encouraged to make confession a regular part of their spiritual lives, especially during Lent
and in preparation for Christmas. By Church Law, those conscious of grave sin must confess their sins as
soon as possible and my not receive Our Lord in Holy Communion until they have received absolution. If
you have any questions, please contact the pastor.