In the sacrament of Reconciliation, often called "Confession or Penance," God’s mercy is made known to us and reconciles us with God and others. All forms of the sacrament, communal and individual, are a public celebration of forgiveness in the presence of the Church and its minister of the sacrament, the ordained priest.
As described in the teachings of the Church, sin is an offense against God, a rupture of communion with God. At the same time, it damages communion with the Church. For this reason, conversion and wholeness entails both God's forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed in the liturgy of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
View this video about Reconciliation (Penance), which has been prepared by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops. It gives a clear description of the theology and the way we celebrate this sacrament.
Time & Location of Reconciliation at St. Hubert
Communal Reconciliation is celebrated in the church during the seasons of Advent and Lent with an opportunity for individual confession.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is offered as individual confession on any Saturday following the 4:30 Mass in the Reconciliation Room, which is located in the narthex of the church. An appointment to receive the sacrament at a different time may also be made by contacting the Parish Office at 847-885-7700.
In preparation for Eucharist, children often receive the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time in 2nd grade, in the context of preparation through St. Hubert School or our Religious Education Program. The sacrament is celebrated in November.
Parent formation meetings are required, offering an understanding and history of the sacrament with an opportunity for discussion and questions. Parent sessions for the sacrament of Reconciliation take place in October in the Parish Ministry Center.
Reconciliation for Adults in RCIA
Adults preparing the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) may receive the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the Easter Vigil.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops