Lord, hear the prayers of those who call on you,
forgive the sins of those who confess to you,
and in your merciful love give us your pardon and your peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(from the Rite of Reconciliation)
Reconciliation between God and his people was brought about by our Lord Jesus Christ in the mystery of his death and resurrection (see Romans 5:10). The Lord entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church in the person of the apostles (see 2 Corinthians 5:18ff.). The Church carries out this ministry by bringing the good news of salvation to people and by baptizing them in water and the Holy Spirit (see Matthew 28:19).
Because of human weakness, however, Christians “leave their first love” (see Revelation 2:4) and even break off their fellowship with God by sinning. The Lord therefore instituted a special sacrament of penance for the pardon of sins committed after baptism (see John 20:21-23) and the Church has faithfully celebrated the sacrament throughout the centuries – in varying ways, but retaining its essential elements.
The normative time for the first reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation is before the reception of First Holy Communion. For this reason, children are usually prepared for this sacrament in 2nd grade, providing that they will be receiving their First Communion that same year.
For information on preparation for First Reconciliation for children, please contact the Parish Office at (916) 481-5115 or email@example.com for more information.
Adults are prepared to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation through the RCIA process. This is the process through which unbaptized adults or adults who were baptized in another Christian community but who wish to be received into the Catholic Church are prepared for the sacraments of initiation. This process includes the preparation for the first reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
For information on preparation for First Reconciliation for adults, please contact the Parish Office at (916) 481-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All are invited to receive this sacrament at any time they are aware of grave sin in their lives. A priest is available for this sacrament every Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm in the church, or by appointment.
In addition, our parish celebrates Communal Penance Services each year during Advent and Lent. These services are publicized in our parish bulletin and on our website.