Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance [also called confession or reconciliation] for all the members of the church who have sinned: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded the communal life of the church. It is to them that the sacrament of penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. [CCC, No. 1446]
Sacred Heart Parish offers the sacrament of reconciliation or penance each Saturday between 3:00 and 4:00 pm in the reconciliation room in the church. An appointment to celebrate the sacrament at another time can be made by calling the parish office.
Communal Penitential Services
During the seasons of Advent and Lent, communal penance services with individual confession and absolution are scheduled, usually during an afternoon and an evening. Sacred Heart welcomes additional priest confessors to hear confessions. The schedule is published in the Guardian and on the web when it becomes available.
First Reconciliation for Children
Children are prepared to celebrate their first reconciliation during second grade. Parents and children participate in several preparation sessions. Parents decide when it is appropriate for their child to celebrate the sacrament. Many families participate with their children in special reconciliation opportunities scheduled following completion of the preparation sessions.