Reconciliation is a complex biblical term which includes God’s invitation and our response to ongoing conversion within a community of faith. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the faithful receive pardon from God’s mercy for the sins they have committed and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church Community. In order that this sacrament may truly achieve its purpose among the faithful, it must take root in their entire life and move them to for fervent service of God and neighbor.
Reconciliation is not only a Sacrament, but an attitude we must develop toward God according to individual needs. Prayer and meditation, as well as occasions of reconciliation in other liturgies, should be used in addition to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Reconciliation is celebrated the first and third Saturday of the month from 8:30-9:00 a.m. in the Reconciliation Room in the Southeast corner of the Church. Private Reconciliation is available anytime by personal arrangement with one of the priests.
In conjunction with neighboring parishes, St. Mary's also offers reconciliation services in Advent and Lent.
Children preparing to receive Reconciliation for the first time are required to be enrolled in religious education during the year prior to as well as the year of preparation for the sacrament they will be celebrating. This means the child must have been enrolled in a formal religious education program or a catholic school setting. It is necessary that your child participate in our parish sacramental program process. Please watch for a separate mailing to register your child/children for these special sessions.
Second grade parents will receive registration information in early fall for preparation sessions which will begin later in the fall.