The Gospels tell us that Jesus died and rose again to take away sin and reconcile us with the Father. He spoke often of God’s mercy and as in the parable of the lost sheep, the prodigal son, the words to the Apostles on Easter Sunday, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Those to whom you forgive sins, they are forgiven. For those whose sins you retain, they are retained.” (Gospel of John chapter 20, verses 22-23)
We have three different opportunities for this sacrament.
1. Children in grade two or older prepare for their First Reconciliation. Parents are invited to register their children in September each year. They must bring a copy of the baptismal certificate. First Reconciliation is celebrated at the church at the end of November. Please refer to the Church News page for a complete list of sacramental preparation dates.
2. In the Catholic schools of our parish we offer the sacrament of reconciliation twice a year: in Advent in preparation for Christmas and in Lent in preparation for Easter.
3. For adults, we have two penitential celebrations: the last Sunday before Christmas and Easter at 7:00 pm. Each Friday evening after the 7:00 pm Mass, there is a time for adoration and reconciliation. On other days, reconciliation is by appointment as requested.