The Sacrament of Reconciliation
1) As is mentioned within the requirements for First Communion, it is the norm that children receive their first Reconciliation in the 2nd Grade. Preparation for this sacrament will be done in conjunction with preparation for their First Communion. See the pastor, Coordinator of Religious Education, and 2nd grade CCD teacher for more specific details on what exactly are the elements of preparation for this Sacrament
For adults, reconciliation has an important relationship with Eucharist. Because we continue to sin, we must therefore continue to ask forgiveness for our sins. The Catholic Church has always upheld the Sacrament of Reconciliation as the norm of forgiveness of our sins, both mortal and venial. See the main page of this church website for specifics on the hours for reconciliation.
The Catholic Church teaches that it is the duty of every Catholic to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year, or any time that one may have possibly committed what might be a mortal sin. Failure to receive absolution for one’s sins will jeopardize their ability to receive the Holy Eucharist.
While there are regular hours of Reconciliation, there are also typically communal penance services that take place during Lent and Advent. While these services are done as a group, absolution is received via individual confession with the priest.
5) Despite the fact that there are regular hours of Reconciliation, and individual may make an appointment with the priest outside of those hours, any time that the priest is available to do so.