What is Reconcilation?

Reconciliation (or penance, or confession) is one of the two Sacraments of healing. It is the Sacrament in which sins committed after baptism are confessed after an examination of conscience and forgiven by a priest in the name of Christ.

“Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”  – John 20:23 

Confessions are heard every Wednesday at 11:30am and every Saturday from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Church.

Individual confessions may also be heard at any time by making arrangements with a priest.  Please call the Rectory Office at 631-665-4911 to do so.

Preparing Your Child for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation has three elements: conversion, confession, and celebration. In it, we find God’s unconditional forgiveness. As a result, we are called to forgive others. The celebration of First Reconciliation at the Parish of Saint Patrick is held at a prayer service for parish children enrolled in our Religious Education Program.

Preparation for First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation at the Parish of Saint Patrick is a two-year process. The first year of preparation (Eucharist I) is a family based model where children and parent(s) will learn together at home and will periodically come to the parish for Family Sessions to learn and share about the faith. The second year of preparation (Eucharist II) is an in-person classroom model where children will attend weekly classes at the parish to directly prepare them for the reception of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Students typically begin preparation in the first grade and will typically receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the winter and the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in the spring of second grade.

For more information or to register in the Religious Education Program please call 631-665-4914.