|Penance and ReconciliationThe Sacrament of reconciliation is a Sacrament of healing and conversion. Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church, which they have wounded, by their sins.Individual ConfessionDuring the week Individual Confession is offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 - 8:20 AM; Wednesday morning from 9:10 - 9:30 AM & Wednesday evening from 5:00 - 5:20 PM, by the priest celebrating that Mass. On Saturdays, both priests typically hear confessions from 3:30 to 4:15 pm and during the seasons of Lent and Advent these hours are extended based upon demand. A leaflet with an Examination of Conscience and guide to confession is located in the pamphlet holders located on each priest’s confessional. Catholics are bound by obligation to confess serious sins at least once a year.
The final Sundays before Christmas and Easter, St. John the Baptist holds a communal penance service with individual confessions. These services include readings, a homily, examination of conscience, act of contrition, and individual confession with numerous guest priests. The communal penance services last one hour.
Children in the Second grade are enrolled by their parents in the first reconciliation preparation class through the Family Faith Formation Office in September. Once prepared to celebrate the Sacrament for the first time, the parish has a separate Communal Penance Service with Individual Confessions where the second graders and their parents can celebrate this Sacrament. The program for first reconciliation begins in October and lasts six sessions.
Additional Information of the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Reconciliation