First Reconciliation or Penance

Dear Parents

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. Please contact the parish office as early in the year as possible for more information.

The Cathedral parish is committed to safeguarding. Please talk to children taking part in our programs about the Code of Conduct which helps us keep everyone safe.


The Parent-child workshop for Penance is on 15 June 4.30-5.30pm in the Parish Centre. The Commitment Mass is at 6pm on that day.

Information Letter

Online Form

CLICK HERE. (after you submit the enrolment form, you will be taken to the permission form)