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 School provides children’s preparation classes for the Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist) and for the sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance or Confession).


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). 


Sample Sacramental Journey FOR CIC

[St Margaret's Primary 3 - 2018 / 2019]


Time & Season

Liturgical Rite


Support Meeting








All Saints - School Mass

Sacred Heart Church

1st November at 9:30am

Introductory meeting and Church Walk for all parents

Wednesday 14 November at 7.00pm

in the Sacred Heart Church













Liturgical Rite of Illumination with baptismal candle

3 February 2019

at 9:30am

St Margaret's Church






Liturgical Rite of the Signing with the Cross

3 March 2019

at 9:30am

St Margaret's Church


Ash Wednesday

School Holy Mass

St Margaret's Church

6 March 2019

at 9:30am


P3 Reconciliation rehearsal

27 March 2019

10.30am at Sacred Heart Church








Celebration of


4 April 2019 at 7:00pm

The Sacred Heart Church



To Corpus Christi



School Holy Mass

St Margaret's Church

30 May 2019

at 9:30am




Post Corpus Christi







WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY *** Joint Church Service will be held here at Sacred Heart on Thursday, 23rd January at 7.30pm, followed by refreshments and time to chat in the Michael Room. *** Please come along to welcome and pray with our friends from all the other Churches in Penicuik. *** 'That all may be one....' (John17:20-21)