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Reconciliation

Reconciliation

" Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away"

- Acts 3:19

 

What is Reconciliation?

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.

 

Why do we confess our sins to a priest?

As Catholics, we believe that sin is not just an individual act, but that our sin separates us from and affects the entire community of believers.  By confessing our sins to a priest, who acts as a representative of both God and the community, we are reconciled with God and the Church.  It is only through the Sacrament of Reconciliation that we are once again able to be fully in communion with our fellow Christians.

 

How often should I go to confession?

It is recommended that Catholics regularly confess all sins, both venial and mortal.  Catholics are required to confess their grave sins once a year, typically before receiving the Eucharist during the Easter season.

 

When is the Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrated at St. Peter Parish?

There is a priest available for Reconciliation every Saturday at 2:30 PM in the church.  There are also two Communal Penance Services held before Christmas and Easter, typically on a Saturday and a Monday.

 

What are the requirements for making your First Reconciliation at St. Peter Parish?

Sacramental programs at St. Peter Parish consist of 2 years of preparation, either at St. Mary School or in the Religious Education program.  First Reconciliation at St. Peter Parish typically occurs in the 4th grade and is typically held during Lent.  Children must be baptized and have made their First Communion, and parents must attend 2 informational meetings prior to the Sacrament.  For more information regarding sacraments or registering for Religious Education, please contact the Parish Office at 586-468-4578.
Adults seeking to make their First Reconciliation may do so on Saturdays at 2:30 PM in the church.  Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is also a part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process.  For more information about RCIA, please contact Sheila Roy at 586-468-4578.