This sacrament has been called the Sacrament of Conversion, Confession, Penance, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation. Sin damages our relationship with God and damages our communion with the Church. Our journey back to God begins with a conversion of heart. This is followed liturgically by confession of sins to a priest, the forgiveness of our sins, a penance to make some amends for sin, and reconciliation with God and the Church. For those who commit grave or mortal sin, this sacrament is necessary for being reconciled to God and the Church. It may be celebrated individually, communally, or in extreme circumstances, with general absolution.
Based on Diocesan Policies for Sacramental Preparation guidelines, children begin their preparation for First Reconciliation when they have entered the 2nd grade. Students in both public and Catholic schools should attend this yearlong preparation in the parish Religious Formation program. Children should take part in the regular religious education program (either with the parish or in a Catholic School) for at least one year before they prepare for these sacraments. For additional information, please contact Kristi Harriman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-484-7335.