First Reconciliation is part of the Sacramental Preparation Program in either our school, Most Blessed Sacrament, or our Religious Education program. It is a two-year process, and in those years the child is prepared for both First Reconciliation in the Fall of year 2 and First Communion in the Spring of year 2.

If you have a child in a grade higher than second who has not yet received First Reconciliation or First Holy Communion, please contact Rita Danhardt at (410) 289-7038 or email her at We will work with your family outside of the scheduled class time to ensure the child understands the materials and concepts.

What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

Not only does the Sacrament of Reconciliation free us from our sins, but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession, we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Confession Times:

Saturdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m or by appointment.

Examination of Conscience for Children ages 7-12

Examination of Conscience for High-School-age Youth

Examination of Conscience for Adults


St. Mary Star of the Sea Church First Communion