St John’s Wood/The Gap Parish Sacramental Program – Reconciliation

Introducing children to the greatness of God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Penance is

a two-step process. A simple celebration of the second rite of the Sacrament of

Penance is included as part of the preparation for First Communion.

After the celebration of Confirmation when the children turn eight (Year Three) and

First Communion when the children turn nine (Year Four) the parish will offer a fuller

preparation for the Sacrament of Penance to bring the children to a better

understanding of God’s mercy so that they may joyfully confess their sins and

receive forgiveness in the first rite of reconciliation.

In the year when the children turn ten (Year Five), they are prepared to celebrate

more fully the Sacrament of Penance with individual confession and absolution (the

first rite). This builds on the work of the previous year as they take the second step

and learn in greater detail what it means to examine their conscience.

Please contact the Parish Office for further information or