The sacrament of Reconciliation is a sign and experience of God's unconditional forgiveness. We are called to be one people united with Christ and one another. Sadly, in our weakness, this unity is often ruptured through failures to love (we sin). Yet God's love for us does not cease when we fail. By expressing our sorrow for our sin in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we experience forgiveness and healing. Our relationship with God and our unity as Church is made whole again.
Reconciliation is offered in two ways in the parish:
- First Rite: A one-to-one interaction with the priest, in the reconciliation room ('confessional') which is located in the church.
- Second Rite: A communal ceremony which also includes a brief one-to-one interaction with the priest as sins are confessed and absolved.
Reconciliation is a sacrament which can be celebrated repeatedly throughout one's life, and indeed Catholics are encouraged to receive this sacrament frequently. They are obliged to receive this sacrament at least once a year.
Reconciliation is scheduled more often during the seasons of Advent and Lent.
First Rite Schedule
Current scheduled parish reconciliation events
Second Rite Schedule
Communal Reconciliation ceremonies (Second Rite) are generally held before Christmas and Easter and at other times of the year, as published in the parish bulletin.
In our parish, Catholic children usually make their First Reconciliation at age nine or Year 4 upwards. They prepare for this through the Children's Sacramental Programme. Reconciliation must be celebrated after Confirmation and before First Communion in our Diocese.
For more information please contact the parish office.