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.

Children prepare for First Penance in the fall by attending our Faith Formation program held twice monthly on Sunday mornings. Additionally, they will participate in a retreat at the Parish along with at least one parent or guardian.

Registration may be done online by visiting https://bit.ly/3iuLpsX. Registration is due by September 1, 2021.

Please contact Emily Kwiatkowski, Director of Catechetical Programs and Youth Ministry at (585) 288-5000, ext. 121 or  Emily.Kwiatkowski@dor.org with any questions.