Saturdays | 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Mondays | 7:15 – 8:15 AM
Thursdays | 7:15 – 8:15 AM
Reconciliation is what God does.
Receiving it and celebrating it is what we do. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the most natural way to celebrate His forgiveness and love. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the opportunity to grow closer to God.
There are people who are afraid to go to confession, forgetting that they will not encounter a severe judge there, but the immensely merciful Father.
Saturdays | 3:30 – 4:30 PM
No Reconciliation on Holy Saturday
Communal Penance Services or Reconciliation Services are held during Advent and Lent. All are always welcome regardless of what parish a person attends or is registered. Advent and Lent are wonderful times to celebrate the reconciling love and the healing graces our Lord offers us. Like all religious experiences, it takes preparation.
One Form of the Sacrament
Communal Penance Services or Reconciliation Services are a form of sacramental confession. It mixes public prayer and individual confession to a priest, followed by absolution. A communal penance service always includes:
- The penitents and sorrow for sin, usually expressed in an Act of Contrition
- Confession of sins to a priest with absolution given
- An act of penance
The Structure of the Service
Usually, a communal penance service includes a Scripture reading and brief exhortation by the priest. This is followed by an examination of conscience, and then the entire community prays the Act of Contrition together. Sometimes, a single, general penance is assigned to everyone participating; at other times the assignment of a penance is done during the individual confession.
Individual Confession and Reconciliation
After the communal part of the ceremony, those present will individually confess their sins to the priest and receive absolution and a penance if it has not been assigned in the communal setting. The Act of Contrition is not repeated privately, because it has been part of the communal section of the service. The words of absolution are said by the priest individually over the penitent or a collective penance is given.
First Reconciliation For Children
In order to prepare for First Holy Communion in the Spring, children must first successfully prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The immediate preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion is done within the family home, with ongoing support from the parish staff. Parents of second graders (and older children who have not received the Sacrament) must attend an informational meeting that will assist them in preparing their children for First Sacraments. Parent Orientation meetings are held in the Fall. Textbooks and other required materials will be provided at this meeting.
According to Archdiocesan guidelines, children preparing to celebrate their First Reconciliation must be enrolled in either a Catholic school or a Catholic parish religious education program both during the year of preparation as well as the year immediately prior to preparation. In order to prepare for First Holy Communion in the Spring, children must first successfully prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
First Reconciliation For Adults
See The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults