The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

“The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members.  This is the purpose of the two sacraments of healing: the sacrament of Penance and the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.  

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church…”  (Taken from Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, 1421-1422)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturday’s at St. Augustine’s by appointment and also available at St. Mary's church, 47 Syracuse St., from 6:00-6:50 PM on Tuesday evenings.

Preparation for First Penance (Reconciliation) begins after a child has been previously involved in the liturgical life of the parish faith community by regular attendance at Sunday Eucharist with his/her parent(s). The child is expected to have participated in parish or Catholic School faith formation classes for at least one year before he/she begins the direct preparation phase for the Sacrament of Penance.  

Direct preparation for the Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) is distinct and separate from regular parish or Catholic School faith formation classes.  Please contact our parish Office of Faith Formation at 638-0864 for more information.