The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance was instituted by Jesus, the physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, His work of healing and salvation. Jesus has willed that the life and actions of his Church be a sign and instrument of forgiveness and reconciliation. [Catechism of the Catholic Church 1994 Reference: 1442]
Children are generally prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time when they reach the second grade. They are prepared through a special program and must already be attending religious education classes or attending Catholic grade school. Older children may be prepared separately from the second graders. For further information, please contact the Religious Education Office at (410) 531-6688.
Adults who wish to be initiated into the sacrament of Reconciliation should contact the parish office at (410) 531-6040.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Saturdays from 3:00 - 3:55 p.m. and 5:00 - 5:25 p.m. It is recommended that penitents arrive at the beginning of the time periods to ensure adequate opportunity to receive the sacrament. Parish penance services are held during Advent and Lent and are announced in the parish bulletin. Individuals may also call the parish office at (410) 531-6040 to arrange for a personal appointment with a priest to celebrate the sacrament.