Thank you for expressing your desire to have your child celebrate their First Reconciliation or First Penance at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The celebration of Penance is an important part of their preparation for First Holy Communion and normally takes place in Year Three. It speaks of the repentance which is integral to the Christian life and of the mercy of God which is from everlasting to everlasting.
In order to help your child understand the significance of this occasion, it is, of course, necessary for them to complete a period of preparation and formation. If your child attends one of our Catholic schools, the preparation is usually undertaken at the school. If this is not the case, it will be necessary for your child to undertake a formation programme in one of our local parishes. Please contact our Cathedral parish office at your convenience to discuss the options open to you. There will also be a period of immediate preparation undertaken at the Cathedral, including a parent-child workshop and a day’s retreat.
Please note that there were not sufficient candidates in 2019 for the full programme to run. If you would like your child to make their first reconciliation/penance please call the Cathedral parish office.