Reconciliation is the liturgical celebration of God s loving forgiveness of sin. The sacrament is offered every Saturday from 3:00 PM in the Chapel.
First Reconciliation is offered to eligible children in grade 2 and above. The Archdiocesan eligibility requirement is that the child has participated in a formal Religious Education program for the year before and the year of preparing to receive the sacrament. An invitation to participate is sent to those eligible as registered students in the Religious Education program with an open invitation for those enrolled in Catholic schools. For more information regarding children or youth please contact Bridgit Goedeke in the Office of Faith Formation at 443-981-3187 ext.111.
Children preparing for the sacrament of Reconciliation register as part of our First Sacraments program. Our current schedule for the First Sacraments can be found HERE: lesson schedule and overview 2017 2018
Any adult interested in receiving the sacrament for the first time should call the Office of the Pastoral Associate, Charlotte Henderson 443-981-3162.
What is Reconciliation or Penance?
The Sacrament of Penance must be seen within the context of conversion from sin and a turn to God. Peter wept bitterly over his triple denial of Christ but received the grace of conversion and expressed it with a threefold confession of love for Jesus (cf. Lk 22:54-62; Jn 21:15-19). Paul was converted from persecuting Christians to becoming one of the greatest disciples of Christ who ever lived (cf. Acts 9:1-31). These moments of conversion were only the beginning of their lifelong commitment to living infidelity to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sin harms our relationship with God and damages our communion with the Church. Conversion of heart is the beginning of our journey back to God. Liturgically this happens in the Sacrament of Penance. In the history of the Church, this Sacrament has been celebrated in different ways. Beneath the changes, there have always been two essentials: the acts of the penitent and the acts of Christ through the ministry of the Church. Both go hand in hand. Conversion must involve a change of heart as well as a change of actions. Neither is possible without God’s grace.