THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church offers Reconciliation on Saturday evenings at 5:00 PM or by appointment.
Anyone baptized in the Catholic Church who has reached the age of seven years and is in second grade or higher is eligible to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession or Penance. Our sacramental preparation program guides parents and children to help them grow in God’s Love as they journey towards the Lord’s Table. Each child must also be enrolled in a religious education class. Parents who feel their child is ready for this sacrament should attend a Parent Sacramental Preparation meeting. For more information about the next Parent Sacramental Preparation meeting or if your child is not baptized in the Catholic Church, please contact the parish office at 804-932-4125.
More about the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Not only does it [the Sacrament of Reconciliation] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church (2 Cor 5:11-21). The Sacrament of Reconciliation is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults | USCCB