The Sacrament of First Penance
(Reconciliation or Confession)
Before preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, children must first have a foundational understanding of who God is and what He asks of His Church. Therefore, children preparing for First Penance are to complete one full year of religious education just prior to entering Sacramental Preparation.
Our Archdiocesan primary schools follow the “This is Our Faith” RE Programme which helps our children learn more about Jesus.
For families with children at other schools, we offer help and support in sacramental preparation through our Parish Catechetics Team.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will begin around Christmas and will be celebrated next spring. (See LITURGICAL RITES for Christian Initiation for Children)
If you wish your child to prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, then please complete your child’s sacramental details on Form P-3 and return it directly to parish office or via the school.
For adult sacramental preparation, please see the Becoming Catholic Section (RCIA).