(previously called Confession or Penance)
Those who approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense 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 labors for their conversion. (adapted from Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers the opportunity to make peace and be in right relationship with self, others, and God. It gives one a chance to have a new beginning.
First Reconciliation is usually celebrated during the second grade or older.