Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven, and whose sins you retain are retained."

[John 20:21-23]

Confession is a beautiful experience of the pure Mercy and Love of God! It is humbling and healing to say we are sorry - in Reconciliation we confess our sins in order to repair our relationship with God and with our brothers and sisters in the Church.

The absolute best way to prepare your son or daughter, is to go to confession regularly yourself - to be a living witness of the transformation power of Mercy. Learn more about Confession here.

First Reconciliation is most commonly prepared for and received in the 2nd grade. Preparation is important as we approach the sacraments - a meeting schedule for the 2019-2020 school year will be released soon. 

Please contact the Faith Formation office for more information. 


Our children receive the Sacrament of Penance in second grade. Children are prepared during their weekly group time. We utilize the Blessed First Reconciliation Program which includes a colorful workbook and short videos. We encourage parents to sign up here to receive these lessons weekly via e-mail for reinforcement. 

Parents of our 2nd grade candidates will gather on Saturday, December 7th at 9 am in the Parish Ministry Center Community Room to discuss the Sacrament and the journey of preparation. Parents are encouraged to celebrate this sacrament weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm, or Saturday at 4 pm. An Advent Day of Penance will be held on Monday, December 9th  where priests from other parishes along with our priests are available. We ask parents to be a good role model by going to confession and then sharing the joy of being forgiven. This helps to alleviate the fear and anxiety of our children.


On Sunday, February 23rd, candidates for First Reconciliation and their families are to attend the 11 am Mass. Afterwards at least one parent and their 2nd grader will remain for a tour of  the confessionals with Father and a role-played confession. 

 Our children will receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Tuesday, March 10th at 7 pm in the church. Candidates need to arrive by 6:45 pm and will sit with their group.

Saint Bernadette
Catholic Church


5930 S. Abbott Rd. 

Orchard Park, NY 14127

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