The Sacrament of Reconciliation
(386) 325-9777 ~ Fax - (386) 329-1960
114 S 4th St Palatka, FL 32177

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

reconciliationSaturdays - 4:00 pm
Other times by appointment by calling the Parish Office 386-325-9777

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the sacrament by which we receive God's healing forgiveness for sins committed after baptism. The rite is called reconciliation because it reconciles us not only with God but with the church community. Both these aspects of reconciliation are important.

As members of Christ's Body, everything we do affects the whole Body. Sin wounds and weakens the Body of Christ; the healing we receive in penance restores health and strength to the Church, as well as to ourselves.
Since every sin is an offense against God, which disrupts our friendship with Him, the ultimate purpose of penance is that we should love God deeply and commit ourselves completely to Him. Therefore, the sinner who by the grace of a merciful God embraces the way of penance comes back to the Father who "first loved us" (1 John 4:19), to Christ who gave himself up for us, and to the Holy Spirit who has been poured out on us abundantly.

The follower of Christ who has sinned but who has been moved by the Holy Spirit to come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation should above all be converted to God with their whole heart. This inner conversion of heart embraces sorrow for sin and the intent to lead a new life.

When a person turns aside or away from God's love, the harm is to the sinner. Venial sin strains one's relationship with God. Mortal sin ruptures the relationship. Sin is a tragic reality. But the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a joyful reunion.

First Reconciliation Preparation
The First Reconciliation Program is an opportunity for our children to experience the forgiveness of God through this sacrament by understanding the concepts of right and wrong, and how sin and forgiveness are understood in light of God's
love and mercy. First Reconciliation is an opportunity to intensify and continue the moral education already taking place in the home.

Through the two year traditional in-class program, the children are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as they are helped to reflect on sin, forgiveness, mercy and by learning how to approach and participate in the sacrament.

The recommended age to receive this sacrament the first time is Second grade. The following are some criteria to help you determine whether your child should prepare for First Reconciliation:

 

• Is your child beginning to experience acceptable and regretful decision-making?
• Does your child express sorrow when they've hurt someone?
• Does your child understand the consequences of a poor decision?
• Has your child been baptized?

 

For more information about our First Reconciliation program please visit the Faith Formation tab, Children Christian Formation.

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Saturday   4:30 p.m.
Sunday Mass  9:00 a.m.
Daily Mass 8:30 a.m.
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