According to the Church's Command, after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1457)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

However, the Church encourages Catholics to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance at least monthly throughout our lifetime so that we can benefit from the graces obtained through reception of this sacrament.

This sacrament reconciles us with God and joins us to him in intimate friendship. It also reconciles us with the Church and revitalizes her life which we have weakened by our sin.

First Penance

Children must be prepared simultaneously for the two sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist since the opportunity of receiving both according to the designated order begins at the same time. The universal law of the Church states that First Communion is to be preceded by sacramental confession (canon 914). Given that a child who has the idea of God, which is necessary for First Communion, could also grasp the concept of sin, priests, parents and catechists may not determine without proper consultation whether or not children may receive First Communion before First Reconciliation.

The basis for this preparation is not so much the state of sin in which a child may be but rather the formative and pastoral aim to educate to the true Christian spirit of penance and conversion, to growth in self-knowledge and self-control, to the sense of sin, to the necessity of asking for pardon from God and above all to a loving and confident abandonment to the mercy of the Lord. (Norms for Sacramental Preparation, Archdiocese of Toronto, 78, 80)

  First Reconciliation at Our Lady of Sorrows


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A confessional at Our Lady of Sorrows


The Sacraments of Initiation are significant milestones in the faith journeys of our young parishioners. The Archdiocese of Toronto notes that preparation for initiation is the shared responsibility of parents, the local Catholic school and or the parish community. To be eligible to receive a sacrament at Our Lady of Sorrows, participants and their families must fulfill three conditions:

  • they must be officially registered as parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish;
  • they must regularly attend Sunday Mass;
  • parents and children must participate in the relevant aspects of the program outlined below.
Please note: Registration at Our Lady of Sorrows School or past family history of sacraments received at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish do NOT constitute parish registration. If your family does not regularly attend Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows and/or is not officially registered with a parish, you are welcome to register with the parish at this time and begin attending regularly. You may register here. All other families should, at their earliest convenience, contact the parish nearest their home or the parish they regularly attend, for information on sacramental preparation.
  • First Reconciliation Dates to Remember

    • Registration Weekend: Saturday, September 24, 2016 (after 5:15pm Mass) and Sunday, September 25, 2016
      • Volunteers will be available in the parish hall after all of the Masses to process registrations and collect fees.

    • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 14, 2016
      • All completed registration forms, baptismal certificates and fees are due in the church office.

    • Catechetical Sessions – First Reconciliation (Parents ONLY)
      • Choose ONE of the following information and instructional sessions to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, November 6, 2016 (2-3pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (7-8pm)
      • At these sessions, parish catechists will lead parents in a brief reflection on the theology of Reconciliation. Parish staff will be present to distribute the "We Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation" book for parent-child preparation.

    • Church Tour (for parents and children) – Grade 2
      • Choose ONE of the following tours to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, November 27, 2016 (2-3pm)
      • OR
      • (b) Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (7-8pm)
      • At these sessions, Fr. Nino will lead children and their parents on a tour of the Church. Emphasis will be placed on objects, gestures and words relating to First Reconciliation and Communion.

    • Reflection Session on First Reconciliation and First Communion (for parents and children)
      • Choose ONE of the following tours to attend:
      • (a) Sunday, March 19, 2017 (2-3pm, church and parish hall)
      • OR
      • (b) Thursday March 23, 2017 (7-8pm, church and parish hall)

    • Celebration of First Reconciliation
      • Candidates may make their first reconciliation during All Day Lenten Confessions on Saturday, April 1st or on any Saturday between 4-5pm (except  Saturday, April 15th). More details will be provided at the First Reconciliation Catechetical Session.