Reconciliation is one of the sacraments of healing.
It is called:
- the sacrament of conversion … CCC 1423
- the sacrament of Penance… CCC 1423
- the sacrament of confession… CCC 1424
- the sacrament of forgiveness… CCC 1424
“It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor 5:20) He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.” (Mt 5:24)” CCC 1424
Reconciliation involves the recognition and forgiveness of sins through conversion throughout one’s life.
Children who have been baptized can prepare for and receive the sacrament of Reconciliation once they have reached the age of reason. Reconciliation is a repeatable sacrament.
Reconciliation must be celebrated before the reception of Confirmation and Eucharist (CCC 1310).
Parents must provide a baptism certificate in order to register for preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation. The parish must ensure that the child is a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church before preparing and celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Records of baptism are held in the parish in which the child was baptized. Contact the parish to request a copy of the certificate of baptism.
The Parish partners with parents to appropriately prepare children for First Reconciliation. After baptism, children will prepare for and receive first Reconciliation in grade two (age 7) during Advent or Lent or at the beginning of grade three (age 7 or 8) during Advent. See December 27, 2006 Pastoral Letter.
For more information see:
- December 27, 2006 Pastoral Letter to the Faithful of the Diocese of St. Paul on the Restoration of the Order of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation Bishop Luc Bouchard
- Catechism of the Catholic Church – Chapter Two – The Sacraments of Healing #1420 - 1470
- You Cat – Chapter Two – The Sacraments of Healing #224 - 239