First Reconciliation

The Faith Formation Program is transitioning to new leadership at MPB.  Please check back in July for updated 2022-2023 program information, dates, schedule and contact information.

Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession, we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Preparing your child to celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation

As the primary educators of their children, parents — with the support of the pastor and the Faith Formation team — are responsible for preparing their children for the sacraments. Parents will attend one of two offered parent meetings to receive the materials and training necessary to help with preparation for First Reconciliation. During the preparation time, parents and students are required to participate in an experiential ritual which breaks open the significance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as it relates to God’s love and mercy in our daily lives. After students have worked through the sacramental workbooks with parents, they will celebrate the Rite of First Reconciliation.

Below are the dates for the first year of the 2-year sacramental preparation program that runs the fall of 2021 through the spring of 2023.

  • July 1-August 31, 2021: Parents register child for 2-year sacramental preparation program and FAITH
  • Parents attend one of the mandatory parent meetings in the fall (this meeting will last about an hour and a half):
    • Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:30 AM in the church OR
    • Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM in the church
  • Participate in FAITH Sunday Gatherings if registered for the FAITH Program
  • Fall 2021: Parents and children work at home with the First Reconciliation materials
  • Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 9:00-10:30 AM: Parents and children attend a Ritual of God’s Love and Mercy in the church.
  • Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM: Attend Family Service Sunday Event – Details TBD
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 9:00 AM: Parents and children attend a First Reconciliation practice session
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 beginning at 9:00 AM: Parents and children attend the Rite of First Reconciliation in the church. (Students are scheduled in 30-minute increments by last name.)
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the church: Parents attend the mandatory transition parent meeting
  • Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 10:00 AM: Attend Family Service Sunday Event – Details TBD
  • July 2022: At the conclusion of the first year, families will receive an email with the dates and details for the second year of sacramental preparation as well as the link to register for FAITH.

Our sacramental programming is now underway for the 2021-2022 year.  If you are interested in beginning this two-year program for your child, please contact Kristen Kraus ( in order to register for a modified program.

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.

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