Sacrament of Reconciliation &
About the Sacrament of Reconciliation
In the sacrament of reconciliation we encounter the mercy of God in a real and powerful way. Christ, acting through and in the priest absolves our sins and invites us to. “Go and sin no more”. This sacrament has its roots firmly planted in the sacred scripture (John 20: 22-23) and is affirmed throughout Christian tradition. In this sacrament we are reminded that God is always patiently and persistently waiting and ready to embrace His repentant children.
This sacrament is called reconciliation, because in and through this sacrament the penitent is reconciled with God and with the Christian community, who they have separated themselves from by sin.
About the Sacrament of Holy Communion
The Sacrament of Holy Communion or Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life”. In the sacred scriptures we read:
“…Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father has sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me” (John 6: 53-57)
In the Eucharist we are nourished with the true Body and true Blood of Jesus Christ (John 6). This sacrament is many times called Holy Communion, “because by this sacrament we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us shares in His Body and Blood to form a single body” (CCC, 1331).
Preparation for the Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
All students preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion are required to attend two consecutive years of formal sacramental preparation. In their second year of preparation they will receive both sacraments.
When do we meet?
All children preparing for Reconciliation must register for religious education classes. Depending on the grade the child attends in school, the following three sessions are available:
Kindergarten - 8th grade Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm
Kindergarten – 5th grade Thursday 6:00-7:30pm
6th grade – High School Thursday 7:00-8:30pm
Where do we meet?
Religious Education uses the school building for religious instruction
Reconciliation and Holy Communion Parent/Student Meetings
Parents of Baptized children preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion are asked to attend one meeting for reconciliation and two meetings of Holy Communion during the child’s second year of preparation. These meetings will take place during their faith formation year.