“[Jesus] said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.'”

1 JN 20:21-23


“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy 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, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1422

As a result of Original Sin, human nature is weakened. Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, takes away Original Sin, and turns us back toward God. The consequences of this weakness and the inclination to evil persist, and we often commit personal or actual sin.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and we find God’s unconditional love and forgiveness; as a result, we are called to love and forgive others.

First Reconciliation

Children are to be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to receiving First
Communion. Both sacraments are generally being received in grade two.

First Reconciliation Requirements:

  • Children must be attending the Religious Education Program.
  • The readiness required for the Sacrament of Penance consists in the capacity to discern
    between right and wrong, together with an understanding, appropriate to the child’s age, of
    what sin is. Understanding sin and the difference between serious and less serious sin are crucial
    concepts for the reception of the sacrament.
  • Attend Mass regularly.

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