The Sacrament of Reconciliation is called many things, all of which offer God’s grace and mercy to us. “It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin.
It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.
It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a ‘confession’ – acknowledgment and praise – of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.
It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent ‘pardon and peace.’
It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles: ‘Be reconciled to God.’ He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: ‘Go; first be reconciled to your brother’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1423-1424).
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered Thursday evenings beginning at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the church.
Prior to receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, proper preparation needs to take place. Please contact the person below who best suits the needs of the person who would like to receive their First Reconciliation.
Tony Mandala – Children age 0 through 5th Grade
Maegan Odicino – 5th Grade through 8th Grade
Gary Foote – 9th Grade through 12th Grade
Danny and Vicki Centuroni – Adults (909) 987-7971