Reconciliation is available each Saturday from 3:00-3:30 pm in the Church.
Confession of sins, even from a simply human point of view, frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others. Through such an admission, man looks squarely at the sins he is guilty of, takes responsibility for the, and thereby opens himself again to God and to the communion of the Church in order to make a new future possible. (CCC §1455)
Reconciliation is also called the Sacrament of Penance, or Confession. Reconciliation is one of two sacraments of healing (the other is Anointing of the Sick). In the Diocese of Phoenix, the normative time for First Reconciliation is second grade. However, if a baptized child is older than this, the child can still be prepared for reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Preparation is done in a combination of home study and sacrament preparation sessions at the parish. See the GIFT calendar for designated Sacrament Preparation dates. Children are required to attend all the preparation sessions, or the sacrament may be delayed for completion of the preparation.
As part of the child’s preparation, the parents will be given written materials to assist them in sharing with their child, reading to them, preparing with them, and praying with them. During the preparation, the following will be emphasized:
- God is loving and merciful.
- God will always forgive us if we ask with honesty.
- The difference between right and wrong
- Understand that accidents or mistakes are not sins
- We sin when we deliberately choose to do what is wrong and turn away from God.
- Jesus has given us the sacrament of Reconciliation through which our sins are forgiven and we receive the grace to live as God's children.
- We must be willing to forgive others, just as God forgives us.
A special retreat for parents is offered in conjunction with the child’s preparation. This retreat gives the parents an adult understanding of the theology of the sacrament, and prepares them to better answer the questions their child may have. It is one of the most popular retreats we offer at the parish, and is highly recommend by parents who have attended, and the formation office.
Children registered in the GIFT Children’s Formation Program are automatically registered in sacrament preparation. Children attending a Catholic school should submit a registration form to the formation office. Form is available here.