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Reconciliation

Jesus came to make the love of God known, reaching out to sinners to bring them God’s forgiveness and mercy. He brought the healing love of God to earth, not only in the miracles He worked, but also in the forgiveness He bestowed on sinners, even those who had sinned publicly and thought themselves beyond God’s mercy. Every time we sin, we rupture our relationship with other people, with God, and even with ourselves. Reconciliation (also known as Penance and Confession) is the way Christ gave the Church to continue bringing the healing love of God in forgiveness and mercy.

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance 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 and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.

First Reconciliation

For Children

Children are generally prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time when they reach the second grade. They are prepared through a special program.  According to Archdiocesan guidelines, children preparing to celebrate their First Reconciliation must be enrolled in either a Catholic school or the parish's Religious Education program both during the year of preparation as well as the year immediately prior to preparation.  In order to prepare for First Holy Communion in the spring, children must first successfully prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Preparation for First Reconciliation takes place in the fall. For more information or to register your child for a sacrament preparation class, please refer to our Sacrament Preparation page.  You may also contact our Religious Education director, Mary Johnston, at 410-465-1670, ext. 30 or mary@stpaulec.org.

For Adults

Please refer to the page for The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

Weekly Reconciliation

Confession is available every Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and any time by appointment. Special times and opportunities for this Sacrament here at our parish and neighboring parishes will be announced in the bulletin.

Making a Good Confession

Reconciliation may be face-to-face or anonymous, with a partition between you and the priest. Choose the option that is most comfortable for you.

  • The priest greets you and you both make the sign of the cross.
  • Make the Sign of the Cross and say: "Bless me father, for I have sinned.  My last confession was..." (State how long ago.)
  • Confess all of your sins to the priest. The priest will help you make a good confession.  If you are unsure about how or what to confess or you feel uneasy, just ask the priest to help you.
  • Following your confession, say: “I am sorry for these and all of my sins."
  • The priest will offer a penance which will help your renewal of life and your resolve to be a better Catholic.
  • Say an Act of Contrition, expressing your sorrow for your sins.  The priest, acting in the person of Christ, then absolves you from your sins.

Please call the parish office at 410-465-1670 for more information about Reconciliation or to schedule an appointment.