The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also referred to as Confession or Penance)
The sacramental celebration in which, through God's mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ's Body, which is wounded by sin. Catechism of the Catholic Church - Glossary (For more information about this sacrament, look in the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1422-1455, 1468)
Confessions will be heard every Saturday from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM in the Church. Confessions may also be heard by appointment.
To schedule a confession by appointment, please call the Parish office.
Children in the second grade of St. Michael School and Religious Education Program make their First Reconciliation in the winter of every year.
A mandatory Parent meeting will be held during the school year.
There will be a brief liturgy and examination of conscience followed by private confessions. Parents are welcome to avail themselves of the Sacrament at this time as well. Please refrain from talking while waiting to go to confession. Children and parents are asked to spend this quiet time in the presence of Jesus, in prayer. After you have gone to reconciliation, you may leave the Church.
Please practice the Form for Confession with your child and help him/her to learn the Act of Contrition. The more your child practices it with you at home, the more confidence he/she will have in church.
|The Five Steps of Confession|
|Words to Know|
Sin: When we choose to do wrong and turn away from God's love and the love of those we have hurt. Sin weakens God's gift of grace.
Reconciliation: Also known as Confession or Penance, means to be united with God again. Through Reconciliation, our sins are forgiven and God's grace in us is strengthened.
Examination of Conscience: We get ready to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation by thinking of the times we have not shown love to God and others.
Penance: Prayers we say or something we do to make up for our sins.
Absolution: The special prayer said by the priest to forgive our sins.