The celebration of this sacrament is thus always
an act in which the Church proclaims its faith,
gives thanks to God for the freedom with which Christ made us free,
and offers its life as a spiritual sacrifice in praise of God’s glory,
as it hastens to meet the Lord Jesus.”
– Rite of Penance, no. 7
The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
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. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422
This sacrament brings us God's forgiveness through the words of a priest, makes us holy and reconciles us with God and the Church (previously called "Penance" or "Confession"). It is customary for children in second grade to receive this sacrament. Diocesan policy states that children must be enrolled in two consecutive years of religious formation (PSR classes or attend Catholic School) to participate. Parents and children are to also participate in the parish sponsored sacrament preparation program (see below). Students in grade two (along with their parents) are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. This Sacrament must be made prior to receiving First Eucharist.
The faithful may receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation each Saturday, 4:00-4:30 p.m. prior to Mass or by appointment. Additional opportunities to receive the sacrament during Advent and Lent are also offered (including Reconciliation Services with the parishes of Portage County). Please refer to our weekly bulletin under our News & Events tab or the Mass and Confession Times page for details.