RECONCILIATION – THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
This sacrament is know as Reconciliation, Penance or Confession. They are different names for the same thing.
What is Penance? ‘The Sacrament of Penance is one of two sacraments of healing (the other being the Anointing of the Sick). Penance is a sacrament of forgiveness and celebrates God’s love and mercy towards us. It is about acknowledging and naming those times when we know we have done wrong, and then making peace and restoring the relationships with those who have been affected by our poor choices. The Sacrament of Penance is celebrated through the Rites of Reconciliation.’ Flame of Faith website
The Sacrament of Penance is celebrated through the Rites of Reconciliation. All Saints provides preparation for the two most common rites.
FIRST RITE OF RECONCILIATION
From year 5, the young people of our parish (who have been confirmed, and received First Communion at least in the previous year) are offered preparation for the First Rite of Reconciliation. In this rite, the young people celebrate the sacrament individually with the priest. There is no gathering as a group, and they are responsible for their own examination of conscience. At All Saints we see this as a rite of passage for our young people who are then welcome to join our Friday night youth group.
Dates for 2019 are coming soon!
SECOND RITE OF RECONCILIATION
As part of their preparation for First Communion, children in year 4 (who have been confirmed in the previous year) will celebrate a Second Rite of Reconciliation. In this rite, the children gather as a group to hear from God’s Word, listen to Fr Ron talk about the sacrament in light of the scripture, participate in a group examination of conscience and go individually to a priest to celebrate the sacrament of Penance (Confession). Children presenting for preparation to participate in the First Rite of Reconciliation will already have experienced the Second Rite in a previous year.
Visit our Archdiocesan website for more background on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.