We are all broken in some way, and Jesus is the one that can repair us. Reconciliation is called a sacrament of healing. It is the opportunity to reconcile our relationship with God. We are the ones that turn away from God through our poor choices and selfishness. Celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation allows us to let go of those thoughts, words, and actions that keep us from having a fuller relationship with God and others. Through the sacrament, we are forgiven of our sins and receive grace to help us become the person that God created us to be.
Children usually celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in their second grade year. Preparation for this sacrament begins in the first grade year. Waiting until the second grade to register will only put your child behind his/her age peer group. Therefore, if a child will not be attending Holy Spirit School, the parents should contact the Religious Education Office in August of the child’s first grade year to register him/her in the Wednesday Night Program. It is expected that all children will have a continuous religious education experience to prepare them for their lives as Catholic Christians. If you have any questions about preparing for Reconciliation contact the Religious Education office by email.
The sacrament is available on Saturdays in the Chapel at 3:45 PM. During the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent, there will be additional opportunities. If you have previously celebrated your first Reconciliation and are in need of a refresher on “how to” go to reconciliation, check out these links. Even if it has been a long time since your last Reconciliation, do not be afraid to come and seek God’s forgiveness. You may sit face-to-face with the priest or kneel behind the screen if you desire more privacy.
- This link from talks about preparing for reconciliation if it has been a while since you have gone.
- This video shows the steps to reconciliation with a priest explaining each step.
- Click here for an Examination of Conscience