Penance and Reconciliation
St. Luke Religious Education Office
Michelle Dal Pino, Religious Education Coordinator
519 Ashland Ave
River Forest, IL 60305
Phone (708) 435-8960
Fax (708) 771-8809
The schedule for this year's preparatory program for the first Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and Holy Communion will be available at the start of the school year.
The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation — also referred to as Confession -- is the opportunity for individuals to respond to God's ongoing invitation to conversion in one's community of faith. Available after 8:30 Mass on Saturday mornings and by appointment with one of the priests in the rectory. Call 708-435-8912 to schedule a time.
Preparation for First Reconciliation
Determining the age at which a child should begin regular reception of this sacrament is primarily the responsibility of the parents. The requirement for reception of this sacrament is that the child understands what it means to commit grave or mortal sin, and what it means to be forgiven.
In the St. Luke Religious Education Program, preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation ordinarily will take place when the child is in the second grade. The Archdiocese of Chicago requires two years of formation for the sacrament. Formal preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place as a part of the Religious Education Program, and one prior year of religious education is required. The Sacrament is usually celebrated with those children who have been preparing on the first two Saturdays in December.
Click here to read more about our children's formation program for this sacrament. For any questions, contact our Religious Education Coordinator, Michelle Dal Pino, at 708-435-8960.