First Reconciliation preparation is designed to prepare individuals for a healing and forgiving sacramental encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, known as Reconciliation, (aka Confession or Penance). "The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God's grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1468)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available for those properly prepared to receive on Saturdays at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
Note: Registration for Children's Faith Formation is now open!
First Reconciliation classes begin Sunday, September 8, 2019.
First Reconciliation will be celebrated Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM
For children, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Confession or Penance) is normally celebrated in second grade. All children who wish to receive First Reconciliation must prepare first for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with a two-consecutive-year process in Grades 1 and 2. Preparation includes regular Faith Formation or Catholic School Religion classes in grades one and two, plus several special Reconciliation Preparation classes for the children (with School Children and Family Faith Formation children preparing together). Preparation also includes a Parent & Child Meeting and a Parent & Child Practice/Mini-Retreat. First Reconciliation preparation classes are usually scheduled during the Fall and the Sacrament is normally celebrated at a communal Reconciliation Service during Advent.
NOTE: It's never too late to receive First Reconciliation. For children/youth in grades 3-12, please call the Faith Formation office so your child can be welcomed into the program and provided the same opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation as well as the most wonderful sacrament of the Eucharist.
We delight in sharing this significant time in your family's ongoing faith development and pray that you will be enriched by your experience. For more information, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 941-585-0668 or email using the form below.