First Reconciliation

(Also known as Penance and Confession)

Lumen Christi Catholic Community provides opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation individually on Saturday afternoons at 3:30pm preceding the 4:30pm mass and by appointment with Fr. Paul Feela. Lumen Christi also provides Communal Services of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent in the Church. The Services include prayer, reflection, and music which encourage contemplation on forgiveness and grace in our lives, with individual Reconciliation available in the setting of the ritual.

Welcoming Children to Celebrate Their First Reconciliation

We welcome families into the process of preparing your child to celebrate the wonderful and healing sacrament of reconciliation. The process is meant to be enriching for the whole family.

First Reconciliation preparation for families with children aged seven (Grade 2) and above is offered in the fall of each year. First Reconciliation preparation and celebration is open to registered Lumen Christi Catholic Community families.  Children preparing for First Reconciliation must already be baptized in the Catholic faith. If you child has not yet been baptized, or has been baptized in another faith, please contact the Director of Faith Formation for information on alternative preparation processes.


Preparation Includes:

  • Parent Meeting. Tuesday, October 12, 6:30-8:00pm. Community Room.
    • Pick up home preparation materials
    • Presentation and discussion with Fr. Paul and Lynn Schelitzche
  • Parent-child preparation at home
  • Parent-child retreat. Tuesday, November 30, 6:30-8:00pm. Community Room.
  • A demonstration session for families with Fr. Paul Sunday, December 12, 11:45am. Main worship space following the last mass.
  • Concludes with our celebration Saturday, December 18, 10:00am. Main worship space. Families encouraged to celebrate the sacrament together.

Parish Policies for Sacraments:

  • All families celebrating sacraments at Lumen Christi Catholic Community must be registered members of the parish.
  • Children must be active participants in faith formation programs at Lumen Christi or be enrolled in a Catholic school, the year before AND the year in which they are to receive the sacrament.
  • Children must attend weekend mass with family members on a weekly basis.

Children preparing for this sacrament and their families are supported throughout this process by the prayers, example, and faith of the Lumen Christi community. In turn, our community’s faith is strengthened by the witness these children bring them in their desire to be closer to God.



Second graders prepare for Reconciliation as part of First Eucharist preparation. Families who register second graders for First Eucharist preparation will automatically be included in First Reconciliation preparation. You may find the First Reconciliation/First Eucharist registration on the First Eucharist page of this website. Parents of third graders and older who would like their child to celebrate Reconciliation for the first time are invited to contact the Director of Faith Formation.

If you have any questions about Reconciliation, please contact Lynn Schelitzche, Director of Faith Formation, in the parish office.

Lynn Schelitzche
Director of Faith Formation