Jesus gave his Church the authority to forgive sins (see John 20: 21-23; Matthew 16:19). When we sin after we have been baptized, we have the opportunity to have our broken friendship with God and the Church healed through celebrating the sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation. Reconciliation is the sacrament through which we receive forgiveness of sins by sincerely confessing our sins to a priest to whom the power to forgive sins has been given by the authority of Jesus and of the Church.
There are four essential elements to the proper celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation. They are contrition, confession, satisfaction and absolution.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, like all other Sacraments, has its own special effects or graces. Some of the graces of this Sacrament are:
- It restores us to the relationship of love with God that we entered into at baptism;
- It restores us and heals any wounds we inflicted on the Body of Christ;
- It remits or takes away eternal punishment that is the consequence of mortal sin;
- It strengthens the soul which has been weakened by repeated sin;
- It gives us a peace of mind knowing that God is a loving Parent;
- It enables us to continue to live as children of God.
According to the directives of the diocese of Green Bay, we at Nativity parish prepare our children in Grade 2 for the sacrament of Reconciliation. It is our vision that with the help of the faith community, the parents or guardians can assist the children to be formed in their experience of God’s love through this wonderful sacrament.
An invitation to the First Reconciliation preparation process will be mailed to families with children in Grade 2 who are enrolled in the Faith Formation program with the details regarding the preparation and celebration of the sacrament.
For more details, contact Mary Carter (920-499-6012) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a calendar listing the First Reconciliation process dates click here.