The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also known as Confession or Penance. This sacrament of healing is a celebration of being reconciled with God and the believing community. It celebrates the mercy and love of God, who desires that all people be reconciled and live in right relationship with Him, one another and all of creation.

Reconciliation stoleWhen we choose to be unloving we damage our relationship with God and others. The Church names this action a sin. Sin damages or ruptures our relationship with God.

When preparing young children and youth to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation it is important to begin by assisting them to name and celebrate the particular gifts and talents that God has given them. Recognizing that we have the ability to share our talents with others and that we are able to follow Jesus’ law of love is a foundational step in moral development.

A parent is the guide or mentor who teaches the child or young person to reflect on their choices and realize that they could have been more loving or made a different choice. This awareness that we have been deliberately unloving leads us to come and seek God’s mercy and love, to be reconciled.

The Parish provides the parents, the primary educators of their children, with assistance and resources to prepare their children to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Dates of parent catechetical meetings are posted in the bulletin.

Reconciliation is celebrated in community with St. John Chrysostom Parish twice a year, during Advent (at St. John’s) and Lent (at St. Elizabeth Seton). It is also available on Saturdays from 3 to 3:30 pm and by appointment.

If you have any questions about the preparation process or require more information, please contact Father Roy Roberts.


(We would like to thank Catherine Ecker (, who is the principal author.)