You can set up an opportunity for Reconciliation anytime by contacting one of our priests at 646-3556.
Preparing for Reconciliation
We ask God’s forgiveness for our sins through the sacrament of Reconciliation sometimes called Penance or Confession
Reconciliation is always available for anyone needing to confess sins, large or small.
Everyone should make frequent use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
First Reconciliation is celebrated by children in the second grade in preparation for First Eucharist, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time. Catechetical preparation is given through our Religious Education Program and in Resurrection Catholic School.
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I prepare my child for the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
Catechesis for 1st Reconciliation is to precede 1st Communion and must be kept distinct from catechesis for 1st Communion. Reconciliation should normally be celebrated before 1st Communion for those Baptized as infants. Parents should be involved in the preparation of their children for this sacrament. Catechesis should stress the place of Reconciliation in the process of ongoing conversion and growth in holiness of the human person. The catechesis itself emphasizes God’s mercy and loving forgiveness. Catechesis should include an understanding of sin and its effect on a person in relationship to other and God. Various forms of the sacrament should be explained while stressing that individual confession and absolution remains the ordinary way of reconciling the faithful with God and the Church. The historical development of the Sacrament should be covered.
How should I prepare myself for Reconciliation?
Wait at the chairs outside of the confessional until the priest is available. This is a good time to pray and do an Examination of Conscience.
Walk into the confessional and sit down across from the priest or kneel at the kneeler.
Pray the sign of the cross.
Tell the priest how long it has been since your last confession. (“Bless me father for I have sinned, it has been _____ days/weeks/months/years since I have been to confession.”)
Name your sins. Many people finish their confession with something like, “for these and all past sins, I am truly sorry.”
The priest may offer some type of counsel, then gives you some penance to do.
The priest asks you to say an Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
The priest absolves you of your sins. You will cross yourself as he mentions the Blessed Trinity.
The priest will say something like, “Your sins have been forgiven, now go in peace.”
You can thank the priest for his time and exit the confessional.
When is Reconciliation Celebrated?
Reconciliation is available at anytime and private confession is available every Saturday in the church, 2:45 to 3:45. Communal penance celebrations take place in all four Lakeland Churches during Advent and Lent.
Click Below for a pdf on How to Go to Reconciliation in either Spanish or English