Reconciliation (Confession) is a Sacrament (a visible sign instituted by Christ to give us grace)
This sacrament is one in which the priest—as the representative of Jesus—forgives sins committed after baptism. For the sacrament to be valid, the sinner is sorry and sincerely confesses his sins with a willingness to make satisfaction for them. Jesus gave us this sacrament when he appeared to his disciples after his resurrection.
Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you!” And when he had said this he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefor rejoiced at the sight of the Lord. He therefore said to them again, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” When he had said this, he breathed upon them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” John 20:19-23
The Archdiocese of Baltimore requires that a student be in a structured Catholic Religious Education program for one year before beginning Sacrament preparation. First Reconciliation can be celebrated as early as Second Grade. For more information on having your child receive their First Reconciliation at St. Jane’s, please see our Sacrament Prep page.
Reconciliation is offered each week on Saturday afternoons from 3:30–4:30 pm and Thursdays 7:45–8:15 am. You can also call the church office to schedule an appointment with a priest. 410-255-4646
Examination of Conscience (Preparing for Confession)
Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, one should prepare themselves with an examination of conscience—a “prayerful self-reflection on our words and deeds in the light of the Gospel to determine how we may have sinned against God.” (— Glossary, The Catechism of the Catholic Church).
Below are a few examples of Examinations of Conscience that can help you prepare for the Sacrament.
- Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments
- Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching | En Espanol
- Examination of Conscience for Children
- Examination of Conscience for Young Adults
- Examination of Conscience for Single People
- Examination of Conscience for Married Persons
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
2 Corinthians 5:18-20
St. Paul says “God hath reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation… For Christ, therefore, we are ambassadors; God, as it were, exhorting through us…”
Many of those who had become believers came forward and openly acknowledged their former practices.
2 Cor 2:6-11
This punishment by the majority is enough for such a person, so that on the contrary you should forgive and encourage him instead, or else the person may be overwhelmed by excessive pain. Therefore, I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I wrote, to know your proven character, whether you were obedient in everything. Whomever you forgive anything, so do I. For indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for you in the presence of Christ, so that we might not be taken advantage of by Satan, for we are not unaware of his purposes.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.
Come with faith to the feet of My representative… and make your confession before Me. The person of the priest is, for Me, only a screen. Never analyze what sort of a priest that I am making use of; open your soul in confession as you would to Me, and I will fill it with My light… Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy.”
– St. Faustina’s Diary 1602 and 1725