Those who approach the sacrament of Penance with sincere repentance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins.
It is called the sacrament of Penance because it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction. It is called Confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” – acknowledgment and praise – of the holiness of God and of His mercy toward the sinful human. It is also called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the life of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.”(2 Cor 5:20).
All baptized Catholics may receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, and it is especially necessary for those who have committed serious sin. It is offered Saturday’s at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the confessional at Holy Family Parish. Appointments can be also be made by calling (920) 756-2535 ext. 103.
Our faith formation program also includes steps of preparation for first reconciliation for those who have never celebrated the sacrament.
Preparation for First Reconciliation (also called Penance or Confession) is a joint effort between the child, parents or other significant adults, and the parish. The parish welcomes the children and assists parents in the formal preparation for the sacrament and the celebration. The whole family is encouraged to be involved in this process. The celebration of the sacraments takes place in December with the whole community invited to give witness to God’s mercy and forgiveness, to make amends with oneself and others, and to receive the words of absolution which are the signs of this sacrament and assurance of God’s grace.