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A child must be baptized, has reached the age of reason (normally considered to be seven years of age), and has been properly formed in faith (participating in faith formation and preparation for this sacrament). A child needs to know and understand: The difference between right and wrong. That accidents or mistakes are not sins. […]

Typically, clothing worn for Reconciliation is either what you might wear for Church, or may be anything respectable. When a child receives the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, having the child dress up in “Sunday best” helps punctuate the importance of receiving the sacrament. This is a special event in the faith journey […]

Yes. Children receiving Reconciliation for the first time are encouraged to bring in papers with prayers and other materials that we recommend at: Several Catholic apps offer examination of consciences, prayer aids, and other resources for adults and teens, which you are welcome to use.  

Typically, everyone will be able to choose how they receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, as well as the priest to whom they go. They can receive face-to-face or they can go to confession anonymously, which means that the person  behind an opaque screen (the person is heard but not seen). It is often recommended that […]

Plan a family party or special dinner to celebrate your child’s first reconciliation. By acknowledging the importance of this event, you convey its value into the future. During this time of preparation, you are talking with your child about what constitutes a sin. Continue these conversations as your child grows older. As a family, plan […]

The priest’s purpose is not to keep a check-list on people, but to be an instrument of Christ in receiving someone’s sorrow, bringing forgiveness and helping the people move forward. A priest hears a large number of confessions. He is not there to judge the person, but rather to listen, and to offer counsel and […]