"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion." (Catechism 1422)
It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a "confession" - acknowledgment and praise - of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man. It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest's sacramental absolution God grants the penitent "pardon and peace." It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the life of God who reconciles: "Be reconciled to God." He who lives by God's merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord's call: "Go; first be reconciled to your brother." (Catechism 1424)
Confession is celebrated at St. Andrew the Apostle Church on Saturdays 4:15 p.m.
(until all are heard) or by appointment with the Pastor. Joint Penance Services with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish are held in Advent and Lent.
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is offered to Children in 2nd grade who have completed at least one year of religious education (PREP, SASEAS, or approved homeschool program) prior to enrolling in the First Reconciliation Formation Program.
First Reconciliation is celebrated as a parish with all students preparing for and receiving the Sacrament in a group setting. Each parent with a child enrolled in one of the above religious education programs will receive a letter in the early fall with instructions and a calendars for our formation program.
Our Formation program is based upon the philosophy that parents are the first teachers of their own children! With parish guidance, parents and children will work together through lessons in a combination of parish gatherings and at home lessons. This will also foster a journey of sharing your faith experiences with your child.
If for any reason your child missed the 1st grade preparation year or if your child missed the Sacrament of Reconciliation in 2nd grade, please call Kathy Bitzer 831-3353 so that we can determine the best plan of action for your individual situation. Do not wait until the beginning of the school year to make the call; in some instances the preparation can be made up during the summer.