Reconciliation

“It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin. It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction. … It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the live of God who reconciles: ‘Be reconciled to God'” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1423-1424).

Penance Service

The ordinary age for a person to celebrate this sacrament for the first time (i.e., “First Reconciliation”) is 2nd grade.  The preparation for receiving this sacrament happens concurrently with preparation for First Holy Eucharist.

After receiving Reconciliation for the first time, many people find that receiving this sacrament once each month allows them to remain close to the Lord.  In order to make a good confession of sins, a person should use an Examination of Conscience in order to think and pray about what needs to be confessed.  Many good examples of Examinations of Conscience are available on the Internet.  For example, you can find them herehere or here.

For adults who are journeying toward the Catholic Church, Reconciliation happens as a part of the Rite of Christian Initiation process.  If you are interested in coming home to the Church, please contact Derek Rotty, our Director of Evangelization & Discipleship: 731.668.2596 or derek.rotty@stmarys.tn.org.

If you have been away from the Church for some time, and you would like to return, making a good, full Confession is the first, best step.  We are overjoyed that you have come home!  You may participate in our regularly-scheduled confession times, or you may call the parish office to make an appointment with one of our pastors.

Our regular schedule of Confession times is:

  • Saturdays from 4:45-5:20pm (before Vigil Mass)
  • Sundays from 7:30-7:50am
  • Sundays from 10:00-10:20am
  • Sundays from 12:30-12:50pm
  • Parish Penance Services during Advent & Lent (watch parish bulletin & social media for information)