Confession (Reconciliation/Penance)

In faithfully observing the centuries-old practice of the Sacrament of Penance - the practice of individual confession with a personal act of sorrow and the intention to amend and make satisfaction - the Church is therefore defending the human soul's individual right: man's right to a more personal encounter with the crucified forgiving Christ, with Christ saying through the minister of the sacrament of Reconciliation: "Your sins are forgiven" (Mk 2:5); "Go, and do not sin again" (Jn 8:11). As is evident, this is also a right on Christ's part with regard to every human being redeemed by him: his right to meet each one of us in that key moment in the soul's life constituted by the moment of conversion and forgiveness.

                              Pope John Paul II
In his first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis (Redeemer of Man)


Individual Confessions take place in the Church at 3:30 pm on Saturdays (3:00 pm during Advent and Lent), 7:30 am the days we have 8 am Mass, or anytime by appointment.  We encourage you to download the 'Pastoral Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation' found at the bottom of the page.



First ConfessionTakes Place in Grade Two.

Second graders receive formation in the Catholic Faith in both Saint John School and Saint John's Faith Formation Program: "A Family of Faith." Preparation and learning for the first Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist is done as a home-based study with parents serving as the primary teacher. Parents are expected to attend a preparation meeting and a practice meeting before the child receives the sacrament.  

Requirements for the Sacrament of Confession:

  • The family must be a member of Saint John's parish by the fall of the year of sacramental preparation
  • The parents must demonstrate their commitment to involvement with the preparation process by: attending the required meetings and practices, and providing ongoing instruction and support as designated by the Faith Formation Director.
  • The parents must adhere to the Baptism Certificate Requirements for Upcoming Sacraments stated below:

    A copy of a current Baptism Certificate is required for any sacrament - First Reconciliation, First Eucharist (Communion), Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders. The definition of "current" is within six months of the upcoming sacrament. A photocopy of the original certificate issued on the day of baptism is not acceptable. A copy of the current certificate will be placed in the sacrament file.

    If your child was baptized a Saint John's, we have a simple form (available below) for you to fill out to request a current copy of the certificate.

    If your child was baptized at a church other than Saint John's, you will need to contact that church to request the current certificate. You are welcome to also use the attached form to request it.  They can send it directly to us here at Saint John's Church at 380 Little Canada Rd.., Little Canada, 55117.

    Please keep in mind: a Sacrament will not be able to be celebrated as scheduled without a current copy of the baptism certificate on file.

Pastoral Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.pdf446.54 KB
Request for Baptism Certificate 2015.pdf271 KB