First Reconciliation

“Confession is an act of honesty and courage–an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.”

-Saint John Paul II–September 14, 1987

1st reconcilation

Reconciliation Preparation for youth grades 2-12 – We support parents as the primary catechists of the children in our sacrament preparation, which is completed independently from faith formation. A child is eligible to begin preparing for Reconciliation when they are in grade two or above and have had at least one full year of attendance in parish Faith Formation classes or Catholic School.

Children must be at least seven years of age and be baptized. They must be registered at either St. Joseph or St. John and must currently be enrolled in our Faith Formation program or an accredited Catholic School. A child must prepare for Reconciliation prior to preparing for Eucharist.

Children enrolled in Catholic schools must prepare for the sacrament at the parish where they are registered; preparation does not take place at the school.

For further questions, contact Amy Spessard at at (301) 662-8288 or

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