First Reconciliation

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The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) for the first time requires special sessions dedicated to understanding the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a sacrament of healing and a way to strengthen our relationship with God.

The program teaches the children about:

  • The meaning of their baptism.
  • God’s commandments and how to follow Jesus’ teachings.
  • Forgiveness
  • The proper way to confess their sins and the prayers used in the Sacrament.
  • How to share in God’s gift of peace and to share it with others.

St. James Church begins preparing children for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in their second year of religious education classes.

Following Diocesan guidelines, children preparing for this sacrament must be baptized, have completed one year of Religious Education, and be currently enrolled in weekly religious education.

Reconciliation classes begin in January, and consist of four Saturday morning sessions from 9:30-11:45AM.

Each of the four sessions begins with a Prayer Service to set the theme for the session. Parents are required to be present during the Prayer Service with their child and to stay for a presentation.

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation, which gives the children the opportunity for individual confessions, is celebrated on the Saturday that follows the completion of the four preparation sessions. Family members are invited to attend.

The complete schedule for the First Reconciliation preparation program can be found on the Events page.

For more information or to register for the First Reconciliation preparation program, contact:

Sandra Addante
First Reconciliation Coordinator
Phone: 315-655-9309