WHAT IS RECONCILIATION?
Also called Penance or Confession, Reconciliation consists of a careful examination of conscience; contrition and the determination not to sin again; confession of one’s sins to the priest; and the carrying out of certain acts of penance to repair the damage caused by sin.
RECONCILIATION IN OUR PARISH
First Reconciliation is celebrated by our children prior to the celebration of First Communion. A religious education process and group sessions (Formation) is done prior to receiving the Sacrament.
A special process is available for Catholic adults and older children who have never celebrated Reconciliation.
This Sacrament should then be used periodically….
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The effects of Penance are reconciliation with God and forgiveness of sins; reconciliation with the Church; recovery of the state of grace; remission of the eternal punishment for mortal sins, and remission, at least in part, of the temporal punishment which is the consequence of sin; peace, serenity of conscience and spiritual consolation; and an increase of spiritual strength for the struggle of Christian living.