In this Sacrament, God works in us to help us sense our responsibility for the pain we cause others, and to find God’s mercy and the power to change. So when I feel the need to come to the sacrament, God’s grace is already at work in me. The most important thing to remember with Reconciliation is that God loves us already and is on our side in the struggle to accept His love and to pass it on to others.
There are regularly scheduled opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament on weekdays (five minutes after the morning or evening Masses) and forty-five minutes before the four Sunday Masses (so, 3:45 pm on Saturday, 7:15 am and 9:15 am, and 6:15 pm on Sunday). There are communal penance services in Advent and Lent, and one can always call the parish office to see about scheduling a confession by appointment.
Preparation for children for the first reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation usually happens in the fall and winter of a child’s second grade year, just before the celebration of First Communion. Contact the Coordinator of Religious Education, Krista Misener, to enquire further.