“[Jesus] said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.'”

1 JN 20:21-23


“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

As a result of Original Sin, human nature is weakened. Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, takes away Original Sin, and turns us back toward God. The consequences of this weakness and the inclination to evil persist, and we often commit personal or actual sin.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ. 


We are here to guide, teach, and support you as your child prepares for the sacraments. It is essential to keep in mind that the Church has always considered parents to be the primary educators in the work of forming their children’s faith.   Please contact Justyna Baustert, Director of Evangelization and Catechesis for guidance and materials as you prepare your child for the sacrament of reconciliation.

St. Peter’s offers a two-year sacramental preparation program for children. 2nd graders are prepared for the sacrament of reconciliation and the following year, grade 3, children are prepared for the sacraments of confirmation and holy communion.

2nd graders may be enrolled in classes that are offered on Sunday mornings. Program registration is open in the summer.  Classes begin in August and sacraments are received in the spring.


  • A child must be baptized Catholic. A copy of the baptism certificate must be provided at the time of registration.
  • Attend the weekly sacramental preparation program.
  • Children and their parents are expected to attend Mass each Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation.

To prepare for reconciliation, your child must have been baptized Catholic.  If they were not baptized Catholic and are 7 or older, please visit our RCIA page.

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