Do not be afraid to ask God’s forgiveness! He never tires of forgiving us, like a father who loves us. God is pure mercy! -Pope Francis
The Sacrament of Penance is an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy. Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). While all the Sacraments bring us an experience of the mercy that comes from Christ’s dying and rising, it is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that is the unique Sacrament of mercy. -From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults Students in second grade celebrate First Reconciliation in the spring. Preparation takes place at home, separately from the Wednesday evening faith formation classes. Parents are actively involved in this preparation, attending several catechetical meetings and working at home with their child using family-friendly materials. Generally the family must be registered, practicing members of the parish, and participating in the faith formation program, for at least a year before preparing to celebrate this sacrament. At the parish, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on a regular basis. Please see the parish calendar for a list of times.