On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, Jesus showed himself to the apostles. He breathed on them and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven: if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (Jn 20:19,22-23)

The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance or reconciliation. It is also known as one of the Sacraments of Healing, the other being the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.


Weekly Reconciliation

Weekly Reconciliation occurs Saturday 4.30pm to 4.55pm.

For any other times, please contact the parish office.


The Sacrament of First Reconciliation

In accordance with Canon law 914, “children who have reached the use of reason are to have made sacramental confession before the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Therefore, catechesis on Reconciliation must precede the catechesis for Holy Communion.” (Preparing Children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, 2011 pg 15) As such, the Holy Innocents’ Parish based program is available to children in Year 2 and above. Baptism is a prerequisite for Reconciliation.


The Parish Based Sacramental Program at Holy Innocents’

Children from a variety of schools come together to learn and celebrate as a united Parish community. We follow the Sydney Archdiocese preparation program. Children and at least one parent must attend three group preparation sessions. In these sessions, the children, with the support of their parents will be given thorough catechesis on the meaning of sacrament. Content is reinforced by the teachers and catechists in our schools. The children must also attend a commitment Mass and a retreat afternoon.



Registration for the sacrament of First Reconciliation is not yet opened.

Registration for the sacrament is completed online. Please refer back to this page in mid September for information regarding enrolment.

Please note, your child must be in year 2 or above in order to proceed with our First Reconciliation program.

For any further information, please email Suzanne at sacraments.hic@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you to our program and assisting you and your child in taking this next step in their faith development.


Important Dates for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation 2020 (For Year 2 Students & Above)

Date Time Event Location
Thursday 24th Sept 7.30pm Parent Information Session
(Children are not required to attend)
Sat 31st Oct 3.30pm


Preparation session 1

Commitment Mass



Sun 1st Nov 10am



Alternative Commitment Mass

Alternative Preparation session 1




Sat 7th Nov 3.30pm Preparation session 2 TBC
Sun 8th Nov 11am Preparation session 2 TBC
Sat 14th Nov 3.30pm Preparation session 3 TBC
Sun 15th Nov 11am Preparation session 3 TBC
Sat 21st Nov 3.30pm Preparation session 4 TBC
Sun 22nd Nov 11am Preparation session 4 TBC
Sat 28th Nov 2pm-4.30pm Reflection Afternoon Hall
Saturday 5th  Dec 11am First Reconciliation Ceremony Church


Preparation Groups (TBC)

Saturday 3.30-4.30 pm

31st Oct 7th Nov 14th Nov 21st  Nov

Sunday 11am-12noon

1st Nov 8th Nov 15th Nov 22nd Nov


First Reconciliation for Adults

Adults, who wish to receive this sacrament, please contact the parish office for details.