Why is there a need for the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
Because of human weakness, Christians turn aside from God's love and even break off their friendship with God by sinning. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in His death and resurrection brought about reconciliation between God and His people, which He entrusted to the church through the apostles. This ministry is continued today in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The gift of grace offered in this sacrament is for the pardon of sins committed after baptism

What are the Essential Conditions for the "First Reception" of the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
During the children's preparation for reconciliation, they should come to recognize the relationship of the sacrament to their life, recognize moral good and evil, repent of wrongdoing, and turn for forgiveness to Christ and the Church.  The catechism the children receive teaches them that in this sacrament faith is expressed by being forgiven and by forgiving. They are encouraged to approach the sacrament freely and regularly.

What is the parent's responsibility concerning preparation for this sacrament?
Since parents provide the primary religious education for their children, they should be involved in the preparation of their children for this sacrament.  Parent classes are offered to aid them in this responsibility.  The classes for Reconciliation are offered in the fall. They are held in Seton Hall on Wednesdays (5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) or Sundays (10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.).  Child-care is available.

Who do we contact to enroll our child to begin Sacramental Preparation?
Call the Office of Religious Education at (405) 340-9281.