First Reconciliation (Penance)

As we become more aware of God’s abundant love for us, we realize that we have not loved God back nearly as much as He has loved us. The awareness of our sinfulness leads us to return back to hear of God’s merciful love.

In the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance or Confession) we find God’s unconditional love and forgiveness; as a result we are called to love and forgive others.

Children are to be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to receiving First Communion. Both sacraments are generally received in grade two or above.


  •  Children must be attending the Parish Faith Formation Program
    or the Basilica School of St. Paul.
  • The readiness required for the Sacrament of Penance consists in the capacity to
    discern between right and wrong, together with an understanding, appropriate to
    the child’s age, of what sin is. Understanding sin and the difference between
    serious and less serious sin are crucial concepts for the reception of the sacrament.
  • Attendance at Meetings

    At least one parent or adult guardian is required to attend the sessions with their child. Each child is required to complete the Sacramental Preparation materials with their  parents.

  • Attend Mass regularly.

Call the Faith Formation Office at 252-5422 ex. 340 for more information.