Weekly Confession Times at St. John Bosco Parish
Monday – Saturday » 8:15 – 8:30 AM
Saturday » 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM (English), 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM (Spanish)
Holy Days: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Anytime by appointment. Call the office at 215-672-7280

Most of us would know this Sacrament as Confession, it also goes by other names: reconciliation, Sacrament of Forgiveness or Conversion. This sacrament is a sign and experience of God’s unconditional forgiveness.

We are called to be one people united with Christ and one another. Sadly, in our weakness this unity is often ruptured through failures to love (i.e. we sin). Yet God’s love for us does not cease when we fail. In this Sacrament, through the Ministry of the Priest, God forgives the sins of those who confess them and reconciles them to Himself and the whole Christian Community. By expressing our sorrow for our sin in the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation, we experience forgiveness and healing. Our relationship with God and our unity as Church is made whole again.

Reconciliation is a sacrament which can be celebrated repeatedly throughout one’s life, and indeed Catholics are encouraged to receive this sacrament frequently. At a minimum, Catholics must make a confession of sins when they are conscious of mortal sin before the reception of Holy Communion. The precept of the Church says that Catholics ought to confess their sins in the sacrament of Confession at least once a year during the Easter Season.

FIRST PENANCE Children are prepared to receive the sacrament of First Penance in first and second level PREP Classes. During second level the program involves parent meetings, updating for parents, and celebrations which gradually introduce children to this Sacrament. Detailed information is given at parent meetings.

Important dates for First Penance

First Penance Parent Meeting Nov.28, 2017 at 7:00PM in church

Refresher Class (Summer PREP only) February 6, 2018 6PM

First Penance Interviews Feb. 13, 2018 Class time for Tuesday children, 6PM for Summer children

Celebration of First Penance Feb. 26, 2018 at 6:30 PM in church

Brief guide to confession for download:
Going to Confession