The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance)
Even after we have received the great gift of salvation in the Sacrament of Baptism we still struggle with sin in our lives. Due to this fact of Christian life we find great comfort in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also referred to as Confession or Penance) because we have an opportunity to be forgiven for the sins we committed since we are baptized.
Reconciliation has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. Through this sacrament we find God’s unconditional forgiveness and as a result we are called upon to forgive others.
If it has been a while since your last confession, don't be anxious or embarrassed. The priest will guide you through the process. If you would like an excellent "How to" guide, pick up a free brochure in the vestibule titled “Examination of Conscience".
Reconciliation is administrated on Saturday afternoons from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m in the Church. If you require an alternate time for individual reconciliation, please contact the Parish Office at 203-336-1835 to schedule an appointment. If a wedding ceremony is scheduled on Saturday, confessions may be canceled on that day.
The celebration of First Reconciliation is traditionally celebrated in March. Penance is celebrated again in April in conjunction with the First Eucharist. Please note that in order to receive this Sacrament in Grade 2, your child must have successfully completed our Grade 1 program in the classroom or in our Homeschool program. Questions regarding the preparation for this sacrament for second graders in the religious education program and for parishioners of Holy Family Parish can be directed to Mary Jane Perry, our Faith Formation Coordinator, at 203-579-4540 (to leave a message) or emails to email@example.com.