We offer Reconciliation every Saturday from 3:30-4:30PM, or any other time upon request.
During Advent and Lent, reconciliation begins at 3PM and goes until 4:30PM.
Please be sure to perform an examination of conscience before Reconciliation. Below is a link to various examinations:
USCCB Examinations of Conscience
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (aka Confession, Penance, or Forgiveness) is normally celebrated before a child makes their First Communion. At St. Mary of the Falls, it is traditional for children to celebrate this sacrament in December of their second year of religious education. For our day school this is Grade 2 and for PSR in Level 2. One year of previous religious education is required in order to be prepared for celebration of the sacrament.
Sacramental formation is covered in the classroom, but parents are also required to work with their children to help them with preparation material. We ask parents, or at least one parent, to attend a mandatory meeting in September to help them with their own adult faith formation, as well as, in parenting skills for forming their child’s moral compass and practice of reconciliation in the home.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sister Jane Reisinger in the Religious Education Office at (440) 235-2808.
As practicing Catholics, we are encouraged to go to Reconciliation on a regular basis. But the reality is, only a small percentage of Catholics go to Reconciliation regularly. Two of the most common reasons people forgo the sacrament is because they either haven't been to Reconciliation in many years or they don't fully understand what Reconciliation is all about.
We want to assure you that Reconciliation is nothing to fear, and the grace we receive brings us closer to God and helps us to live fuller lives. If you need Reconciliation outside of our normal hours, please contact the parish office to setup a time to meet with a priest.
In an effort to help you better understand the sacrament, please check out the videos below. And please do not hesitate going to Reconciliation.
I haven't been to Reconciliation in a long time. What do I do?
Understanding the Sacrament of Reconciliation
“Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests - Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession.”