Contrition and conversion lead us to seek a forgiveness for our sins so as to repair damaged relationships with God, self, and others. We believe that only ordained priests have the faculty of absolving sins from the authority of the Church in the name of Jesus Christ (CCC 1495).

There are four steps in the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

  1. We feel contrition for our sins and a conversion of heart to change our ways.

  2. We confess our sins and human sinfulness to a priest.

  3. We receive and accept forgiveness (absolution) and are absolved of our sins.

  4. We celebrate God’s everlasting love for us and commit to live out a Christian life.

Sin hurts our relationship with God, ourselves and others. As the Catechism states:

The sinner wounds God’s honor and love, his own human dignity…and the spiritual well-being of the Church, of which each Christian ought to be a living stone. To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for the sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world. (CCC 1487, 1488)

A mature understanding of sin includes reflecting upon our thoughts, actions and omissions as well as examining the patterns of sin that may arise in our lives. With contrite hearts, we are also called to reflect upon the effects of our sins upon the wider community and how we might participate in sinful systems. Our sins are forgiven by God, through the priest.

The Spiritual effects of the Sacraments of Reconciliation include:

  • reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace
  • reconciliation with the Church
  • remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins
  • remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin
  • peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation
  • an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle (CCC 1496)

Individual confession with a priest is the principal means of absolution and reconciliation of grave sins within the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation frees us from sinful patterns of behavior and calls us to complete conversion to Christ. Reconciliation heals our sins and repairs our relationships.

Diocese of Phoenix Policy on Sacramental Preparation:

1.     The formation which parents are providing at home, and the on-going catechesis, provided through the Catholic School or Parish Catechetical Program, form the foundation for catechesis for First Reconciliation.

2.     Children participate in either a Catholic School or Parish Catechetical Program for at least one year prior to enrollment in sacramental preparation.

3.     Ordinarily, six to nine months should separate the celebration of Reconciliation from preparation for First Eucharist and Confirmation.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help follows the above guidelines in measuring the readiness of each child to celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. Each family of a preparing child receives a booklet containing an overview of our community’s approach to the celebration. A calendar of dates and topics provides the parent with all the information they need about the preparation sessions. We believe the parent, as the primary influence in each child’s life, has already done much to teach their child about a living faith and should continue to take an active role in the preparation process.

For the child’s benefit, a variety of activities or discussion topics are suggested to be done as a family at home. Time should be reserved after each session to make sure that these activities or discussions take place. All discussion topics are primarily about everyday life, but they connect in a profound way to the sacrament being celebrated.

Parental involvement is a key component in the celebration of Sacraments. Diocesan policy requires that the parent attend formational sessions with the parish staff to help in preparing the child.

To comply with diocesan policy, OLPH schedules First Reconcilation sessions in the Fall. Parents are to assist their child in preparing for the Sacrament. In the Winter, OLPH will have an Advent Communal Reconciliation Service in which your child will attend. The date for the Communal Reconciliation will be on the website and in the bulletin.



Coordinator: Pamela Contu-Owen

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For more information regarding the Sacrament of Penance, please contact the Parish Office.


This is the Sacrament in which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven. It results in reconciliation with God and the Church. (US Catholic Catechism for Adults, Glossary)


Confessions Times:


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

or by appointment.



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