The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession or Penance, is a Sacrament of healing. It provides us with an opportunity to confess our sins to Jesus, who is present in the priest, and be reconciled to God.
It was instituted by Jesus when He showed Himself to His apostles on Easter day and commanded them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:22-23). Any Baptized Catholic may receive this Sacrament as often as it is needed, and practicing Catholics are required to go to Confession at least once a year. Baptized individuals who are preparing to receive their First Communion go to Reconciliation as part of their preparation process. Non-Baptized persons who wish to enter the Church may prepare for Reconciliation as well through our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program.
Children preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time must attend preparatory classes and participate in group meetings with their parents or guardians.
For adults who wish to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, please contact our parish rectory at 410-566-0877 or [email protected] for information about enrolling in our RCIA program.