Penance/Reconciliation

CHILDREN'S PREPARATION FOR RECONCILIATION

The Sacrament of Penance is the ordinary means by which the faithful are restored to sanctifying grace after having fallen into post-baptismal grave sin. (Cf. CIC, c. 960). It is also a channel of particular graces which assists the faithful in avoiding sin in the future, overcoming habits of sin, and growing in the life of supernatural grace and virtue. 

Children must first come to know and love Jesus at an age appropriate level. Children of parishioners preparing for First Penance are to complete one full year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School), be actively attending Mass, and be participating in their second consecutive year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School). 

When can my Baptized Catholic child begin preparing for First Penance?

  • When they are beginning second grade or older.    
  • When they have completed one full year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School), are currently registered and participating in their second consecutive year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School), and are actively attending Mass.
  • The family must be registered at the parish.
  • First Parent and Child Informational Meeting for First Penance is Sunday, September 29th, 12:15-1:15pm, Dailey Hall @      St. Ambrose Academy.  

Children prepare for First Penance in the fall by attending workshops at the parish as well as exploring the sacrament at home with their parents. Parents will be given all the necessary resources and support. Age appropriate texts and materials will be provided.

Registration materials may be found at all worship sites, at the parish office, or by contacting Melissa Mang, Director of Catechetical Programs and Youth Ministry at (585) 288-5000, ext. 121 or  melissa.mang@dor.org.