This sacrament offers the gift of God's forgiveness. We are all given free will to make choices in our actions. Some actions may hurt God, others, our church and ourselves. God offers this sacrament to repair those relationships. Children in second grade are offered the opportunity to prepare for this sacrament. Children who attend Catholic schools are encouraged to celebrate this sacrament here in their home parish.
During Advent, parents gather for a formation and information session to prepare for this journey of preparation. Parents are expected to celebrate this sacrament before preparing their child. Opportunities for this sacrament include Saturdays at 4 pm and at our parish penance services offered during Advent and Lent. In January, the six week home preparation begins. Children and parents enroll in the preparation process at a parish Sunday mass. A retreat to learn more about the sacrament is offered after the mass. Priests from neighboring parishes join our parish priests to celebrate reconciliation.