(also known as Penance and Confession)
Children receive preliminary lessons about Reconciliation in second grade religion classes at school or in the Faith Formation classes on Sunday. Second graders prepare for Reconciliation as part of First Eucharist preparation. Parents of second graders should register ONLY for First Eucharist and will be automatically included in First Reconciliation. Parents of 3rd graders and older students who need to celebrate Reconciliation for the first time are asked to contact the Faith Formation office. The celebration of First Reconciliation will be on the second Sunday in December, in the context of the parish Advent Reconciliation liturgy at 3:00 PM. Reception will follow.
In the early centuries after Christ, Baptism was believed to be the once in a lifetime forgiveness of sin because Baptism was celebrated with adults after a long period of preparation. It soon became obvious that human beings were prone to sin. A process for receiving forgiveness for serious sin was created. It included public confession and difficult penances practiced over a number of years.
In the sixth century, in Celtic Churches, the practice of private and frequent confession was prescribed by the Irish monks partly to avoid the scandal of public confession of sins and partly as a way of aiding spiritual growth. The second Vatican Council directed emphasis away from a too legalistic understanding of sin and turned more toward the covenant with God, the call to conversion, the inner attitudes of the heart, personal responsibility, and reconciliation with God and the community.
Those who approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation obtain pardon from God for the offense committed against Him and are reconciled with the Church.
If you have any questions about Reconciliation please contact Phyllis in the parish office.
Director of Faith Formation
651-698-5581, ext. 103