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First Reconciliation

For children in grades three and above

If God loves his people unconditionally, then why does the sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes called Penance or Confession) exist? In receiving this sacrament, we are offered the opportunity to heal our relationship with our loving Father. As humans, we have the need to hear the words “You are forgiven” as a chance for us to continue on our faith journeys feeling connected to our God, who never disconnects from us.

One of the best ways for you to prepare your child for this sacrament is to model forgiveness. Our children learn about forgiveness when we forgive them, each other, and ourselves. It is also important to model how we approach others with the words “I’m sorry” and how we can also show our penitence through actions of love.

Preparation will consist of one parent meeting and a retreat, all of which require mandatory attendance. Parents will be provided with resources, and are encouraged to be strong role models of the Catholic faith as your child prepares to receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation.

Registration is now open. To register, click link below. Please fill out the form and scan and email back to, or drop off at, the parish office (along with a copy of your child’s baptism certificate).

Important Dates

Parent Meeting: Thursday, October 5 -- 6:30-8:30 pm.

Parent and Child Retreat: Saturday, November 18 -- 9:00-11:30 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Saturday, November 18 -- 11:30-1:00 pm (in the Cathedral)

For more information, please contact Allison Charlton, Sacrament Coordinator, at allison@stmaryscalgary.com or 403-228-4170 (ext. 228).