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Through Reconciliation, Christians are freed from sins committed after Baptism. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is considered the normal way to be absolved from mortal sins which, it is believed, would otherwise condemn a person to Hell.

The Sacrament has four elements, three on the part of the penitent (contrition, confession and satisfaction) and one on the part of the minister of the Sacrament (absolution).

Catholics distinguish between two types of sin: Mortal sins are a grave violation of God's law that turns man away from God. Someone who is aware of having committed mortal sins must repent of having done so, and must confess them in order to benefit from the Sacrament. Venial sins, the kind that "does not set us in direct opposition to the will and friendship of God", can be remitted by contrition and reception of other Sacraments, but they too are rightly and usefully declared in confession.


First Reconciliation for Children

We are taking a new approach  to our catechism classes - families will be formed together, as parent classes will now coincide with children's classes.  Sacramental preparation for children in Grade 3 and beyond to receive Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation are set to begin on October 14, and will be held before Mass on Sundays from 9:30am - 10:45am.  Registration will be taken after Mass.  Registration fee is $60. Contact j.chill@sasktel.net for more information.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation as described by Fr. Raphael Mary of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington.