AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is grounded in the very essence of Christ's Mission. Christ was sent by God to establish a new covenant: a relationship of everlasting mercy and love.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation should be understood as a way to help us deal with the reality of sin in our lives. Sin is before all else an offense against God - a rupture of our relationship with God. At the same time, it damages our relationship with one another in the Church.
The Rite of the Sacrament of Reconciliation emphasizes the Church as a community of repentance and mutual forgiveness and stresses the responsibility of its members to extend Christ's love to all.
The purpose of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is to help us celebrate and deepen our ongoing efforts to be persons of reconciliation in our world. Participation in the sacrament helps us to understand that just as our God freely forgives our transgressions, we too should be willing to give and receive forgiveness freely.
- from the Diocese of Buffalo, Department of Lifelong Faith Formation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated for the first time for our students in grade 2 in both our Faith Formation program and in SS Peter and Paul School. Parents should have already received an application for the sacrament in the mail. If you have NOT received your application, you may download it here.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, our dates to celebrate First Reconciliation in the Spring of 2021 have not yet been established. Parents will be notified when these dates are available for sign up.