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Reconciliation (Confession)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered regularly on Saturday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. in the Reconciliation Room.

First Reconciliation at St. Anthony for Children [Children must be enrolled in Sunday Faith Formation classes or attend a Catholic School]

As a result of Original Sin, human nature is weakened. Although Baptism takes away Original Sin, human nature’s inclination to evil persists. Forgiveness of our sins is a necessity for every person who wishes to grow in their spiritual connection with Christ. A positive confession experience hinges on a person’s mindset. We must return to God, like the prodigal son, and acknowledge our sins with true sorrow.

At St. Anthony, children prepare for the reception of this sacrament in the second grade (or older). A letter is sent to parents of second graders in the fall with more information about preparing for this Sacrament.

For First Reconciliation 2018, the parent meeting is scheduled for:

Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 9:45-10:45 am in Francis Hall

Parents should plan to attend this important meeting.  At the parent meeting, materials for preparing your child for his or her First Reconciliation in the home are provided and explained.  Background regarding the Sacrament is presented.

The Reconciliation Retreat at St. Anthony is a one-on-one experience for a parent and child (both parents are welcome to come).  The parent and child go from center to center in our retreat and learn more together about the love and forgiveness that God offers us in this precious Sacrament.  A special Reconciliation service will be scheduled where the children can complete their 1st Confession.

For First Reconciliation 2018, Reconciliation Retreats are scheduled for: (dates subject to change)

  • Friday, November 2, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 pm   OR
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:30 to 11:30 AM   

Please mark your calendar and make plans for you and your child to attend one of these retreats.

A Children’s Penance Service, an opportunity for children to celebrate their 1st Reconciliation will be on Saturday, November 17th at 10 AM in the church.

Contact Cindy Marchese via email, or phone at 503-639-4179 x121 with questions regarding First Reconciliation for children.

First Reconciliation at St. Anthony for Adults

Adults wishing to receive First Reconciliation are encouraged to join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.