Penance

The Sacrament of Penance (also often known as “Reconciliation” and “Confession”) is the ordinary means by which Jesus Christ extends His mercy and forgiveness to individual Christians for their sins. The faithful confess their sins with humble trust in God’s mercy, and they are reconciled both with God and with the communion of the Church.

For a fuller presentation on this sacrament of God’s forgiveness, see “Year of Faith Pardon and Peace” Booklet (PDF file).

See also “Examination of Conscience” and “How To Go To Confession” (PDF files).

Internet pornography is a persistent struggle for many penitents in our time. In addition to regular and sincere confession, the following website provides other resources and support for those struggling with this area: www.reclaimsexualhealth.com

Sacramental Preparation – First Reconciliation

In their second grade year, students from both the Catholic schools and the public schools gather together to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The meetings, and the events themselves, are organized on a parish basis, but all events are open to anyone in the cluster. First Reconciliation usually occurs in December and First Eucharist in April or May.