PREPARATION: Children celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation the first time during second grade. Parents are actively engaged by participating in liturgical rituals and informational gatherings. In order to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, children participate in the Religious Education program for Faith Formation.
WHEN AVAILABLE: . To enroll your child in the program, contact the Parish Office. There is a registration fee for books and materials.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Penance or Confession, is offered at St Stephen’s Church Saturday afternoon 4:15 - 4:45 PM and special Penance services are offered seasonally.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT RECONCILIATION: The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Penance or Confession is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy. Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). While all the Sacraments bring us an experience of the mercy that comes from Christ's dying and rising, it is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that is the unique Sacrament of mercy.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.