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Information on the Sacrament of Penance

Penance or Confession is celebrated a number of times. See the bulletin for details. It is also available by request.

First Confession class: Required; if not in actual class, need to attend required events on criteria sheet linked to below.

Time: Part of the 2nd grade Faith Formation class offered by the parish.

"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." Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with Him. At the same time, it damages communion with the Church. For this reason, conversion entails both God's forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

In the sacrament of Penance, the faithful who confess their sins to a legitimate minister, are sorry for them and intend to reform themselves obtain from God through the absolution imparted by the same minister forgiveness for the sins they have committed after baptism and, at the same, time are reconciled with the Church.

For more details, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, starting at 1422.

Introduction to Penance
First Confession class schedule
Examination of conscience
Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance: Questions and answers
A guide to the Sacrament of Penance  

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