What is Reconciliation?

Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, we are born into sin and we continue to sin. The sacrament of Reconciliation, sometimes called confession, is offered for those who approach the sacrament in a genuinely, sorrowful attitude. It consists of repentance, meaning contrition for sins and a firm purpose to sin no more in the future, confession, absolution, and reparation. Through confession to a priest, God’s minister, our sins are forgiven and we receive grace to help us resist future temptations.

The sacrament of Reconciliation 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 freed to be forgivers.

Jesus gave His apostles power and authority to reconcile us to the Father. They received Jesus’ own power to forgive sins when he breathed on them and said,

Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.

John 20:22-23

When do we celebrate reconciliation?

At St. Patrick’s, first Reconciliation is typically received in the second grade after two years of preparation through the Children’s Faith Development (CCD) program. Receiving the sacrament of the Reconciliation for the first time as an adult is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Reconciliation Resources

Children’s Guide to Confession (CDOP website)

Adult’s Guide to Confession (CDOP website)

For more information about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please refer to the Online Catechism of the Catholic Church.

If you would like more information about the Sacrament of Reconciliation or would like to make an appointment for confession, please call the parish office.


Reconciliation In the Catechism

1422 Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.

1423 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 ecclesial steps of conversion, penance and satisfaction.

1424 It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure of 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.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1422 – 1424