Advent is a wonderful time to celebrate the reconciling love and the healing graces our Lord offers us. Like all religious experiences, it takes preparation.

Experience God’s Love

Reconciliation is what God does. Receiving it and celebrating it is what we do. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a most natural way to celebrate God’s forgiveness and love.

Ways to Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation

In the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the wonderful opportunity to grow closer to God— whether the Sacrament is individual as with children receiving their First Reconciliation or in a communal Reconciliation Service during the liturgical seasons of preparation— Advent before the celebration of Christmas and Lent before the celebration of Easter.

Communal Reconciliation Service

Communal Reconcilaition Service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 7:00 P.M. on December 6, 2017 and at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on December 20, 2017 at 7 PM. Many parishes offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a communal service during the season of Advent and Lent. The communal service is an opportunity to join our sisters and brothers in asking for forgiveness and healing during this important time of the year.

All are invited to join with our faith communities from St. Charles Borromeo, Holy Cross Catholic Church,  St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church and other parishes to reflect on our lives through Scripture readings and songs followed by an examination of conscience ending with confessing our top fault or two.  Several priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance.

As we begin the new liturgical year in the Church we invite all to begin anew with souls nourished from gift of the divine mercy and forgiveness God has for everyone.

School Reconciliation

On December 14, 2017 Saint Patrick Catholic School students in grades 2 – 8 students will participate in the School Advent Reconciliation Service. The children have been getting ready to receive the Sacrament of reconciliation during this liturgical season as a way of preparing the way for the season of Christmas. The 8:45 AM Mass will be a Communion Service held in the Chapel at the Parish Center.

First Reconciliation

Many children recently completed the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at Saint Patrick Catholic Church.

The ‘Sheep Banner’ with the photos of all the children who have made their First Reconciliation over the past three months is in the Gathering Space of the Church.

Congratulations to the children and thank you to the families and catechists who prepared them for this beautiful sacrament of God’s love for us.

The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.Psalm 126:3

Caleb B.
Frances B.
Niall B.
Audrey B.
Elizabeth B.
Elin C.
Zoe C.
Cody C.
Jonah D.
Campbell D.

Brendan F.
Sahana G.
William G.
Kennedy G.
Arabelle H.
Charlotte H.
Victory H.
Chase K.
Johanna L.
Sloane L

Edward L
Evan L.
Vincent L.
Clayton M.
Malley M.
Cash Mc.
Lucy M.
Benjamin M.
Layla N.
Beck N.

Taylor P.
Jadianne S.
Gus S.
Sonia S.
Corin T.
Claire W.
Mariella W.

Weekly Reconciliation

Reconciliation is offered every Saturday, 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. except Holy Saturday at Saint Patrick Catholic Church.

Has It Been a While?

Why do we have to confess our sins to a priest? Can’t we just pray to God for forgiveness? If I sin but no one is affected then can I say, “no harm, no foul?”

These questions and more are answered in this Busted Halo edition of “Sacraments 101,” a web video series geared for those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.

If it has been a while since your last confession, remember, “Do not fear” (Is 41:10). The priest will help guide you. Watch the video and then download and take this guide on How to Go to Confession with you!