Traditionally this sacrament was called the Sacrament of Penance. It reflects metanoia, which is translated as penance and denotes a change of heart or repentance.

St John Paul II described this sacrament as a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and a part of the mission of the Church to be reconciled and a reconciling community. He added that the primary effect of this sacrament is the forgiveness of sins. Its secondary effect is growth in holiness.

Pope Francis's teaching on the same sacrament observes  that forgiveness of our sins is something we cannot give to ourselves. One cannot say I forgive myself my sins. Forgiveness is asked, it is asked for another. In confession it is asked from Jesus. Forgiveness is not the fruit of our efforts but the efforts of the Holy Spirit.

The Sacrament of Penance exists for people who commit sin after baptism. Vatican II teaches that those who approach the sacrament of penance obtain pardon through God’s mercy for the offences committed towards him. They are at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded with their sins and which by charity, example and prayer labours for their conversion.

First Reconciliation 2018

According to the church’s command, after having attained the age of                                        discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an Reconciliationobligation faithfully to confess serious sins. In this parish children in Year 3 are eligible to make their First Reconciliation, after a four week family based preparation programme similar to that of the sacrament of confirmation.

   Parent Information Sessions

Parents Information sessions will take place at St Brendan's Mass Centre, Lake Munmorah at 3.30pm on Wednesday 14th February 2018 and at St Mary's Church, Toukley at 3.30pm on Thursday 15th February 2018.

   Sacrament Dates

The Sacrament itself will be held on Wednesday 21st  March 2018 at 3:30pm St Brendan’s Lake Munmorah and also on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at3:30pm St Mary’s Toukley

General Reconciliation

  • Saturday - after morning mass St Mary’s
  • Saturday - 4:15 - 4:45 pm at St Brendan’s and 5:15-5:45 pm at St Mary’s
  • Sunday -   7 am at St Mary’s