Also called “Confession,” this is one of the two “Sacraments of Healing” celebrated by the church. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is the other.

“Those who approach the Sacrament 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)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an experience of the gift of God’s mercy. It emphasizes healing, reconciliation with God, oneself, and others and can be a personal encounter with a loving and forgiving God. As part of the sacrament, we confess our sins to a priest, feel a conversion of heart to change our ways, accept forgiveness and are absolved of our sins, and recommit to living out a Christian life. Not only does Reconciliation free of us from our sins, but it challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us.

Times and days when the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered can be found here.

If your child is preparing for their first reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Sacred Heart has an active program for sacramental preparation.

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