The Sacrament of Penance is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy. Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."
Penance is an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy.
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). While all the Sacraments bring us an experience of the mercy that comes from Christ's dying and rising, it is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that is the unique Sacrament of mercy.
From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Guidelines for First Penance at Saint Leo
In order to receive First Reconciliation at Saint Leo, a child must be baptized and be in a religious education program the year prior to and the year of First Reconciliation Program. If a child is new to the parish, and wishes to enroll in the First Reconciliation Program, parents must request a letter from their former parish detailing their child’s participation in a religious education program the previous year. At that point, the child may be enrolled in our program. First Reconciliation is traditionally celebrated at Saint Leo in grade two. Please visit the Faith Formation for Children page for more information.
Please contact Lauren Garner or Kim Nichols at 336.724.0561 or using our contact form for more information.
**The date for the First Reconciliation retreat is Sunday, December 3rd at 1:30pm in the Parish Activity Center.
Sacrament of Reconciliation at Saint Leo
Confessions are heard on Saturday from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(To schedule an appointment for Reconciliation, please contact the church office 336.724.0561)