The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God’s grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship. Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of this sacrament.— The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1468
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered each Saturday beginning at 3:00PM or by appointment with the pastor.
We prepare second graders for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation prior to receiving the sacrament of First Eucharist.
During the preparation for First Reconciliation the children learn about God’s compassionate love, Jesus’ warm forgiveness, and his gift of peace to his friends. We will continue to prepare the children and hopefully this guidance will lead to many years of comfortable discussions as your child continues to grow and learn from God, you his/her parent, and our Parish faith community.
During Mass parents should help their child recognize the parts of the Mass in which we regularly ask for forgiveness and make peace as a regular part of worship. For the Sacrament of Reconciliation, children need to know the Ten Commandments and the Act of Contrition. They should be familiar with the differences between the Apostle’s Creed, and the Nicene Creed (which we recite at Mass).
For parents seeking First Reconciliation preparation for children in grades 2 through 4, First Reconciliation is coupled with First Eucharist preparation. Please contact the Religious Education department by calling 734-671-5101 x 110. This is a year long program that begins in the fall and concludes in the spring. The completion of first grade is a pre-requisite.
The Act of Contrition, both Creeds, as well as many other Catholic prayers are in the section of every grade Be my Disciples religion text book in the section called “Let us Pray.” The Ten Commandments are listed in the back of the Blest Are We book in the “Our Catholic Heritage” section.
It is Diocesan policy that First Penance be received before First Communion. First Communion can then be received by the child at any time during the year, after the proper preparations. The parish group First Communion is held the Saturday prior to the parish First Eucharist Mass.