A general confession calls us to the knowledge of ourselves. It excites in us a wholesome shame for our past life. It makes us marvel at the mercy of God who has so patiently waited for us. It calms our hearts, composes our minds, excited us to good resolutions, affords occasions for our spiritual father to give us advice more suitable to our condition, and opens our heart to declare ourselves with more confidence in our succeeding confessions. ~ St. Francis de Sales
Confessions are regularly scheduled on Saturday from 9:00 to 9:30 am or by appointment. In addition, we come together twice a year for a communal penance service. Individual reconciliation is offered at these services or by appointment by calling the parish office 703.938.2828.
- For Children in Grades 1 and 2 (Elementary CCF or OLGC School)
- For Children/Youth in Grades 3-8 (Eucharist Prep for older children)
At OLGC, preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (Communion) ordinarily takes place in Grades 1 and 2 through the Elementary CCF program if your child has been a regular participant in a formal faith formation/religious education program. (NOTE: Students enrolled in OLGC School are prepared in Grade 2 during school hours and receive their sacraments alongside students from OLGC CCF.)
What books are used in Grade 2? Students in the Elementary CCF program are prepared for these sacraments using Call to Celebrate: Reconciliation and Call to Celebrate: Eucharist from Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum (OSV). As determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), these texts have been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church as of April 4, 2011.
(In Grade 1, remote catechesis for First Penance and First Eucharist takes place, followed by immediate/proximate catechesis in Grade 2.)
Students in grades 3-8 who need preparation to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (Communion) but otherwise have not missed much time in faith formation/religious education are enrolled in Emmaus Formation.
When does Emmaus Formation meet? Saturday mornings from 10 am to 10:30 amWhat books are used for the Emmaus Formation Program? Students in the Emmaus Formation program are prepared for these sacraments using Call to Celebrate: Reconciliation and Eucharist (Intermediate) from Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum. As determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), this text has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church as of April 4, 2011.
NOTE: If your child is 8-18 years old and has not regularly participated in a formal faith formation/religious education program they will participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults adapted for Children.
Contact: Amy Winkler, Director of Christian Formation, 703.896.7414