Reconciliation

According to the Church's Command, after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1457)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

However, the Church encourages Catholics to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance at least monthly throughout our lifetime so that we can benefit from the graces obtained through reception of this sacrament.

This sacrament reconciles us with God and joins us to him in intimate friendship. It also reconciles us with the Church and revitalizes her life which we have weakened by our sin.

First Penance

Children must be prepared simultaneously for the two sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist since the opportunity of receiving both according to the designated order begins at the same time. The universal law of the Church states that First Communion is to be preceded by sacramental confession (canon 914). Given that a child who has the idea of God, which is necessary for First Communion, could also grasp the concept of sin, priests, parents and catechists may not determine without proper consultation whether or not children may receive First Communion before First Reconciliation.

The basis for this preparation is not so much the state of sin in which a child may be but rather the formative and pastoral aim to educate to the true Christian spirit of penance and conversion, to growth in self-knowledge and self-control, to the sense of sin, to the necessity of asking for pardon from God and above all to a loving and confident abandonment to the mercy of the Lord. (Norms for Sacramental Preparation, Archdiocese of Toronto, 78, 80)

First Reconciliation at Our Lady of Sorrows

 

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A confessional at Our Lady of Sorrows

 

The Sacraments of Initiation are significant milestones in the faith journeys of our young parishioners. The Archdiocese of Toronto notes that preparation for initiation is the shared responsibility of parents, the local Catholic school and or the parish community. To be eligible to receive a sacrament at Our Lady of Sorrows, participants and their families must fulfill three conditions:

  • they must be officially registered as parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish;
  • they must regularly attend Sunday Mass;
  • parents and children must participate in the relevant aspects of the program outlined below.
Please note: Registration at Our Lady of Sorrows School or past family history of sacraments received at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish do NOT constitute parish registration. If your family does not regularly attend Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows and/or is not officially registered with a parish, you are welcome to register with the parish at this time and begin attending regularly. You may register here. All other families should, at their earliest convenience, contact the parish nearest their home or the parish they regularly attend, for information on sacramental preparation.
  • First Reconciliation Dates to Remember

    • Registration Weekend: Saturday, September 23, 2017 (after 5:15pm Mass) and Sunday, September 24, 2017
      • Volunteers will be available in the parish hall after all of the Masses to process registrations and collect the $20 book fee.
      • Please bring a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate to submit with registration.

    • Registration Deadline (First Eucharist): Saturday, September 30, 2017
      • All completed registration forms, baptismal certificate copies and fees are due in the church office.
    • Introductory Meeting (parents only): Saturday, September 30, 2017
      • Parents will be introduced to the program and provided with additional information on the contents of upcoming sessions and use of the resources. Takes place in the parish hall.

        Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:

        Sunday, October 1, 2017 (2:30-3:15pm) OR Monday, October 2, 2017 (6:30-7:15pm)

    • First Eucharist Enrolment Weekend: Saturday, October 14, 2017 and Sunday, October 15, 2017
      • This takes place during all Masses. Children will be called up after the homily to participate in a short ritual to mark the beginning of their journey.

    • Church Tour (for parents and children)
      • Choose ONE of the following tours to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, October 22, 2017 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Tuesday, October 23, 2017 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • At these sessions, Fr. Nino will lead children and their parents on a tour of the Church. Emphasis will be placed on objects, gestures and words relating to First Reconciliation and Communion. The two books upon which our programme is founded, “We Prepare for Reconciliation” and “We Share in the Eucharist”, will be distributed.
    • Reconciliation Session 1
      • Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, November 12, 2017 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Monday, November 13, 2017 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • Takes place in the parish hall. More details will have been provided at the introductory meeting in early October.
    • Support and Discussion Session (for parents only)
      • Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, December 10, 2017 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Monday, December 11, 2017 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • Takes place in the parish hall.
    • Reconciliation Session 2
      • Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, January 21, 2018 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Monday, January 22, 2018 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • Takes place in the parish hall. More details will have been provided at the introductory meeting in early October.
    • First Eucharist Session 1 (children only):
      • Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, February 25, 2018 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Monday, February 26, 2018 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • Takes place in the parish hall. More details will have been provided at the introductory meeting in early October.
    • First Eucharist Session 2 (children only):
      • Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, March 18, 2018 (2:30-3:15pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Monday, March 19, 2018 (6:30-7:15pm)
      • Takes place in the parish hall. More details will have been provided at the introductory meeting in early October.
    • Celebration of First Reconciliation
      • Candidates may make their first reconciliation during All Day Lenten Confessions (date TBA) or on any Saturday between 4-5pm (except  Saturday, March 31st). More details will be provided at the First Reconciliation Catechetical Session.