First Reconciliation

Reconciliation, often referred to as Confession, allows the penitent to experience God’s infinite mercy and forgiveness and obtain pardon for their offenses against Him, and to be reconciled to Him and the whole Church. Preparation and personal reflection on one’s life are necessary before going to the sacrament examination of conscience. The faithful are encouraged to celebrate the sacrament often. Saint George Parish offers preparation for First Reconciliation for 2nd graders through our Faith Formation Program. Please see below for requirements.

  1. Children who are parish members but do not attend a Catholic School are required to participate in Faith Formation classes during the school year and attend our retreat in order to receive the sacrament of First Reconciliation.
  2. Children who are parish members and attend a Catholic School are invited to participate in Faith Formation classes but are not required to, as they will be receiving instruction at school. Attendance at our retreat is required.
  3. Home schooled children are invited to attend Faith Formation classes or parents can contact Mike Palmer, Director of Religious Education, to discuss curriculum options. Contact information below. Attendance at our retreat is required.

Children of families who are not Saint George Parishioners but who attend Saint George School are required to receive First Reconciliation at their home parish. With written permission from their pastor, they may receive the sacrament here at Saint George with their classmates.

Confession is held at Saint George Church every Saturday after 8am Mass, Saturdays from 3-4pm, or by appointment. For First Reconciliation, children are prepared to celebrate this sacrament in second grade, prior to the celebration of First Communion in the third grade. Any child beyond second grade who would like to celebrate Reconciliation can also be prepared through the Faith Formation Program.

Please contact Mike Palmer, Director of Faith Formation at 814-860-6327 or at with questions.