Reconciliation / Penance

"Jesus calls us to conversion. This call is an essential part of the proclamation of the Kingdom: The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the Gospel... Jesus' call to conversion and penance, like the prophets before Him, does not aim at outward signs, but a conversion of heart [nos. 1427, 1430 Catechism of the Catholic Church.]"  The Sacrament of Reconciliation, as known as Confession or Penance, was instituted by Christ for the forgiveness of sins, returning us to the state of grace necessary for reception of the Eucharist, the Body of Christ.  This sacrament is celebrated in Saint Peter Church every Saturday from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m., as well as by appointment.  We invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to experience God's love and forgiveness in this sacrament of healing.


Preparation for First Reconciliation

Traditionally, children in the second year of Faith Formation are considered at the age of discretion [around 7 years old] by the Catholic Church. According to the document, The Sacraments of Initiation Policies for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, which was promulgated by then Bishop Donald Wuerl in 1995, "... candidates for First Communion are to received appropriate catechesis concerning the sacrament of Penance and are to be helped to develop and examine their consciences as they are led to celebrate sacramental reconciliation in readiness for Eucharist." Therefore, children enrolled in Faith Formation classes at Saint Peter Parish, as well as children enrolled in Catholic schools will begin preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation while they are in the second grade. Parents must recognize the unique role they share in the Christian formation of their children, especially in regards to moral development. For this reason, we hold a parent meeting before formal preparation begins to explain the program to parents who intend to have their children receive the sacrament. We hope that by using this sacramental program, we can assist our second graders as they deepen their personal experience of faith and journey toward conversion.