“When he celebrates the sacrament of Penance, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost sheep, of the Good Samaritan who binds up wounds, of the Father who awaits the prodigal son and welcomes him on his return, and of the just and impartial judge whose judgment is both just and merciful. The priest is the sign and the instrument of God's merciful love for the sinner.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1465)
The Sacrament of Penance is the sacrament of spiritual healing. Reconciliation involves contrition, confession to a priest, absolution by the priest, and penance. After making an examination of conscience, the penitent confesses his/her sins to the priest, who is the minister of Christ’s mercy. The intent of this sacrament is to provide healing for the soul as well as to regain the grace of God, lost by sin.
At St. Joseph's, First Penance is celebrated in January of Grade 2 in preparation for First Eucharist. Children will be fully prepared by a catechist. Included in the preparation for First Penance is a tour of the Confessionals. The children will learn the prayer, "Act of Contrition" and will choose which priest they want to have hear their confession. Included in the preparation for First Penance is a tour of the Confessionals