Confession, Reconciliation, Penance

This sacrament has been known by several names throughout the history of the Church because different times have emphasized different aspects of it. In the past, some people focused on the confessing of sins to the priest, others on the penance (prayers or actions the priest suggests to help one’s conversion). Most recently, the Church has focused on the healing/reconciling of the wounds caused by sin. This includes wounds in our relationship with God as well as in our relationships with each other.

According to the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church from Vatican II, those who come to confession “obtain pardon (of their sins) from God’s mercy” and are reconciled “with the Church which they have wounded by their sins, and which . . . collaborates in their conversion.” (n.11) God constantly offers us His love and forgiveness. To celebrate this, the Church recommends that people come to this sacrament at least once a year.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at Sacred Heart Church every Saturday from 4:00–5:00 p.m., or by appointment with a priest.

Preparing for First Reconciliation

Our Church recognizes the parent’s primary role in the formation of their children. At the baptism of their child, parents promise to train and raise their children in the Catholic faith, and our Tri-Community desires to assist parents in this process. When a child is about 7 years old and has been part of a structured Religious Formation process for at least a year, parents may begin to directly prepare him/her for the first celebration of Reconciliation/Confession.

Click here to review Sacred Heart Parish's First Reconciliation/ First Holy Communion Policy.

For more information, contact the Faith Formation Office at 719-633-8711 x105 or