First Penance




The Sacrament of Reconciliation should be understood as a way to help us deal with the reality of sin in our lives.  Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of our relationship with God.  At the same time, it damages our relationship with one another in the Church.

The rite of the Sacrament of Reconciliation emphasizes the Church as a community of repentance and mutual forgiveness and stresses the responsibility of its members to extend Christ’s love to all.  Its purpose is to help us celebrate and deepen our ongoing efforts to be persons of reconciliation in our world.

Participation in the sacrament helps us to understand that just as our God freely forgives us our transgressions, we too should be willing to give and receive forgiveness freely.

Preparation for First Reconciliation at St. John the Baptist is a process that involves the child and their family.  This Sacrament is customarily made when a child is in second grade. 


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