Catholics celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation because we recognise that sometimes we fail to do as we ought and because we believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness. The priest can help you and you can trust the Holy Spirit to guide you. One who desires to obtain reconciliation with God and with the Church, must confess to a priest all the unconfessed grave sins he remembers after having carefully examined his conscience. This confession of venial faults, without being necessary itself, is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. First Confession is offered to children in grade 2 or above. This program consists of workshops for the parent and child together, as well as a retreat.
"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion." (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
The Sacrament of Confession is offered weekly at St. Martha's weekly 30-45 minutes before the Saturday Vigil Mass, or by appointment with the pastor. All the faithful are required to confess their grave sins at least once a year.
A Guide to Confession As of September 2018, all children in the Diocese of Calgary must first receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before First Holy Communion. Students will receive both of these in the same year now.
How to Register for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion:
A copy of your child's baptismal certificate, if the parish does not already have a copy. If your child's baptism was celebrated outside of the country, please provide the address of the Parish where it occurred. Please ensure that the certificate is in English.
Dates and Information
One of the Catholic Church's greatest blessings is our Sacrament of Reconciliation as it gives us the opportunity to be absolved of our sins. Reconciliation or Confession assures the remorseful person of God's forgiveness through God's representative, the Priest.
As in the parable about the prodigal son, who "coming to his senses" was welcomed back into the loving arms of his Father, we too need to "come to our senses" and realize our sinfulness so that we may be embraced by God, Our Father, and his loving gift of forgiveness.
REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION WHEN: Monday, September 9, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019 TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Or 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. WHERE: St. Martha’s Parish St. Martha’s Parish
PARENT INFORMATION SESSION WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 2019 Saturday,
September 21, 2019
TIME: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Or 9:30-11:00 a.m. WHERE: St. Martha’s Parish St. Martha’s Parish SESSION #1 PARENT & CANDIDATE WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2019 Saturday,
October 5, 2019
TIME: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Or 9:30-11:00 a.m. WHERE: St. Martha’s Parish St. Martha’s Parish SESSION #2 PARENT & CANDIDATE WHEN: Thursday, October 24, 2019 Saturday,
October 26, 2019
TIME: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Or 9:30-11:00 a.m. WHERE: St. Martha’s Parish St. Martha’s Parish SESSION #3 PARENT & CANDIDATE WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2019 Saturday,
November 16, 2019
TIME: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Or 9:30-11:00 a.m. WHERE: St. Martha’s Parish St. Martha’s Parish SESSION #4 PARENT & CANDIDATE WHEN: Thursday, January 9, 2020 Saturday, January
TIME: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Or 9:30-11:00 a.m. WHERE: St. Martha’s Parish St. Martha’s Parish CELBEBRATION OF FIRST RECONCILIATION: WHEN: Saturday, January 25, 2020 TIME: 10:00 am - noon WHERE: St. Martha’s Parish
Parents if for some reason you must miss a session, please contact the parish as we are very willing to assist you in supporting your child’s learning. You are encouraged and welcome to contact the parish office or parish priest.