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 is normally celebrated during a child’s second grade year. Candidates should have been enrolled in the Faith Formation program beginning in first grade, or at least one year prior.

St. Bernadette Parish offers Religious Education (RE) programs for children of our parish families to prepare them for these sacraments. Our program supports the sacramental preparation process for Reconciliation. Parents must be registered members of St. 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

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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