First Reconciliation

The Power of Confession

Bishop Olmsted Interview on Confession

In the sacrament of reconciliation, Jesus forgives us of sins we have committed after our baptism. Contrition is true sorrow for the sins we have done and the desire to never do them again It means we hate sin and trust in God to help us do better. Absolution is the forgiveness of sins the priest grants in the name of Jesus Christ. It restores our relationship with God. Absolution reconciles us to the Church

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (or Confession) is the sacrament which reunites us to God when we have committed personal sins after our Baptism. This is normally celebrated once a child reaches the age of reason. In the Diocese of Phoenix, this typically occurs in second grade. Children should be enrolled for at least one year of Faith Formation prior to the year that they prepare to receive this sacrament.

St. Bernadette Parish offers Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children of our parish families to prepare them for this sacrament. For older children seeking to make this sacrament, they must complete all requirements of the sacramental preparation program in EDGE (for 6th-8th grade) or Life Teen (high school students). Parents must be registered members of Saint Bernadette and have completed all paperwork required of the Faith Formation department.

St. John XXIII students take their Sacramental Preparation classes through their parish.

If your child is a student at St. John XXIII and your family are registered parishioners at St. Bernadette please contact Mindy Longwell at mlongwell@saintbernadette.com.

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

1 Jn 20:21-23

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