“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.
RECONCILIATION AT ST. PETER
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 September and sacraments are received in the spring.
RECONCILIATION PREPARATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
- A child must be baptized. A copy of the certificate must be on file with the parish office.
- Attend the weekly sacramental preparation program.
- Each child is required to complete the Reconciliation Sacramental Preparation materials with their parents.
- Children and their parents are expected to attend Mass each Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation.
- Children and parents are required to attend a day retreat at St. Peter’s
- Parent(s) must attend one class during each month of the sacramental preparation program.
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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