The sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is a spiritually and emotionally positive experience where we not only receive but also feel God’s love; we renew our baptismal innocence; we get advice for the soul; and we clear our consciences. It’s a good thing.
A priest will normally be available to hear your confession at the following times — or by appointment:
- Sundays (except as noted below for Lent) – from 9:15 – 9:45 AM
- Thursdays (except as noted below for Lent) – from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
These confessions are heard in the Reconciliation Room in the Gathering Area of the North Church. (This is the “Cry Room” during Mass.)
During Lent, the parish offers alternative opportunities for individual confession, sometimes with multiple priests.
For Lent 2019, the schedule has been published as follows, with all confessions to be heard at the North Church:
- Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Fr. Patrick (not Holy Thursday, April 18)
- Sundays from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. with Fr. Patrick (not Palm Sunday, April 14 nor Easter Sunday, April 21)
- Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. until noon with multiple priests available
First Reconciliation is ordinarily celebrated in grade 2. Because of the importance of this sacrament, the amount of information that second graders must learn, and per Archdiocesan policy, preparation for First Reconciliation must start the year prior (or sooner) to the reception of the sacrament. Preparation includes sessions with the parents and children to supplement the classroom instruction. First Reconciliation is usually celebrated during Lent.
- For those who attend St. Francis Borgia School, preparation for First Reconciliation is part of the first grade school curriculum.
- For those enrolled in the parish Christian Formation program, preparation begins in first grade. Details regarding preparation and requirements are listed in the First Reconciliation section of the Child Ministry page.
- Parents who anticipate homeschooling their first grader(s) need to meet with the appropriate parish staff to assure compliance with Archdiocesan policy. Please contact the Director of Child Ministry at 377-1070, ext. 226, or send an e-mail.