What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

“Not only does it [the Sacrament of Penance] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).” (USCCB)

Preparation for the Sacrament of First Penance (Reconciliation)

Parent meetings for First Penance (Reconciliation) take place during Sunday evening classes for children attending public school, as well as those children from St. Jude Parish registered at All Saints Academy (ASA).

Children in grade two have the opportunity to prepare for First Penance and First Holy Communion. For more information contact Janet DeBoe at and visit our First Holy Communion & Reconciliation page.

Reconciliation Schedule:

Saturday: 2-3:30 PM

Or by appointment

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