Reconciliation

Confessions/Penance

Reconciliation Celebrated Wednesdays 6pm - 8 pm and Saturdays 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

 

First Reconciliation:

Opportunities for First Reconciliation are normally offered in second grade. Any older child who has not previously received this sacrament, please notify the Faith Formation Coordinator so that arrangements can be made.

A Guide for Confession

The basic requirement for a good confession is to have the intention of returning to God.

Sin in my Life
I must make an effort to recognize sin in my daily actions, words and omissions.

Three simultaneous conditions must be fulfilled for a mortal sin:

  1. the act must be something very serious
  2. the person must have sufficient understanding of what is being done
  3. the person must have sufficient freedom of the will

Before Confession

Be truly sorry for your sins. The essential act of Penance, on the part of the penitent, is contrition, a clear and decisive rejection of the sin committed, together with a resolution not to commit it again, out of the love one has for God. The resolution to avoid committing these sins in the future (amendment) is a sure sign that your sorrow is genuine and authentic. This does not mean that a promise never to fall again into sin is necessary. A resolution to try to avoid the near occasions of sin suffices for true repentance. God's grace in cooperation with the intention to rectify your life will give you the strength to resist and overcome temptation in the future.

A helpful pattern for examination of conscience is to review the Commandments of God and the Precepts of the Church.

Adult Examination of Conscience

High School Examination of Conscience

 

An Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. But most of all because I have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.

 

After Confession

Give thanks to God for forgiving you. If you recall some serious sin you forgot to tell, rest assured that it has been forgiven with the others, but be sure to confess it in your next Confession.

Do your assigned Penance.

Resolve to return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation often.

 

 

An Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. But most of all because I have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen