Preparation for First Reconciliation:
At Kaukauna Catholic Parishes, the normal age for preparation for First Reconciliation is in second grade before your child receives their first holy communion. If you would like your child to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, please contact the Discipleship Formation Office at (920) 766-3510.
If you have an older child, or if you are an adult and have not yet made your first reconciliation, please contact the Discipleship Formation Office at (920) 766-7887. They will be happy to work with you in your preparation.
Reconciliation at Kaukauna Catholic Parishes: Reconciliation is available every Saturday at the times listed below or by appointment.
Holy Cross Parish: 11:00 a.m. until noon
St. Katharine Drexel Parish (St. Mary site): 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
By appointment: We also invite you to contact the Kaukauna Catholic Parishes Office (KCP) at 920-766-1445 if you wish to make an appointment for the sacrament if you have a special situation.
Introduction: This sacrament is also known as the sacrament of conversion, or penance, or confession, or forgiveness or reconciliation. It has many names by one main goal: "Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon by 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" (CCC # 1422).
For a person to come to this sacrament, they must have contrition for their sin. This means there is sorrow of the soul and turning away from the sin committed. It also includes a resolution not to sin again. Hopefully, the contrition arises out of our love for God.
Secondly, this sacrament includes confession (disclosing) of sins. We must admit our sins and take responsibility for them and in this way open ourselves to receiving the forgiveness of God.
Thirdly, there must be atonement for our sins. This includes repairing the harm of our sins (return stolen goods, restore the reputation of someone slandered, pay compensation for injuries, etc.). The penance that the confessor gives can help repair the spiritual damage.
Lastly, the person receives absolution. Here is where the person is reconciled with God and is reconciled with the Church. The sacrament also is a remission of all eternal punishment, and the sacrament strengthens us spiritually for the Christian battle.
For more explanation of the sacrament, please see the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC #1422-1498).