In the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, children are expected to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to receiving the Eucharist for the first time. For this reason our Parish Preparation Programme includes sessions for both children and their parents so that God’s love for us can be experienced through this wonderful gift of forgiveness, pardon and peace.
Regular Opportunities to Celebrate Reconciliation
There are regular opportunities to celebrate this great Sacrament of forgiveness most weekends (please check with the weekly newsletter for times).
Parish Community Reconciliation Services
In the seasons of both Advent and Lent the Parish community come together, with several visiting priests, to celebrate God's forgiveness as a community. Separate celebrations are held for both children (8-12) and adults (12+).
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
 "Those who approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation obtain pardon through God's mercy for the offence committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labours for their conversion.
WHAT IS THIS SACRAMENT CALLED?
 It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus' call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin. It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner's personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.
 It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a "confession" - acknowledgment and praise - of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man. It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since through the priest's sacramental absolution God grants the penitent "pardon and peace. It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the life of God who reconciles: "Be reconciled to God. He who lives by God's merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord's call: "Go; first be reconciled to your brother.
[Catechism of the Catholic Church]
An Application Brochure for our Parish First Reconciliation Preparation Programme can be downloaded from the 'Download' section of the website (between the second half of the school Summer Term and 31st August).