Sacramental Preparation: First Reconciliation
As Catholics we believe that the Sacraments are the outward signs of inward grace which were established by Christ and effect what they signify. Because Sacraments are the normal means of receiving God’s grace, it is very important for children to receive the Sacraments of the Church as soon as possible, to take full advantage of the inheritance offered them through their Baptism.
As a child reaches the age of reason, typically around age 7, he or she becomes able to discern right from wrong, and the hunger to receive forgiveness begins to awaken. In order to receive God’s forgiveness children who have attained the age of reason and display a desire to be forgiven are invited to prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation.