Reconciliation

In the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, also called Confession, we meet the Lord, who wants to grant forgiveness and the grace to live a renewed life in Him. In this sacrament, He prepares us to receive Him free from serious sin, with a lively faith, earnest hope, and sacrificial love in the Eucharist.

We are eager to help you if you experience difficulty, hesitation, or uncertainty about approaching the Lord in this sacrament.  If you have not received this healing sacrament in a long time, we are ready to welcome you.

First Reconciliation is typically celebrated during 2nd grade before children receive 1st Eucharist.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year” (CCC 1457).  For more information regarding children’s Reconciliation preparations, contact Carla Niziolek at 616-399-1062 or cniziolek@oll.org.

Reconciliation is scheduled every Saturday (except Holy Saturday)between 9:00 and 10:00am. It is easiest to come to the Reconciliation Room using the chapel entrance and parking lot. If the candle is burning outside of the Reconciliation Room door, Father is present. If the door is open, you are welcome to enter and either be seated or kneel. If the door is closed, someone is already inside celebrating the sacrament.

Links for preparing for Reconciliation:

Understanding Why We Confess: https://youtu.be/Wz5-vu6A58E

Steps for Going to Reconciliation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C4hGM3ItKk