You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." One must appreciate the magnitude of the gift God has given us in the sacraments of Christian initiation in order to grasp the degree to which sin is excluded for him who has "put on Christ." But the apostle John also says: "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." And the Lord himself taught us to pray: "Forgive us our trespasses,"linking our forgiveness of one another's offenses to the forgiveness of our sins that God will grant us.

Conversion to Christ, the new birth of Baptism, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Body and Blood of Christ received as food have made us "holy and without blemish," just as the Church herself, the Bride of Christ, is "holy and without blemish." Nevertheless the new life received in Christian initiation has not abolished the frailty and weakness of human nature, nor the inclination to sin that tradition calls concupiscence, which remains in the baptized such that with the help of the grace of Christ they may prove themselves in the struggle of Christian life. This is the struggle of conversion directed toward holiness and eternal life to which the Lord never ceases to call us.

Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God's forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Penance requires . . . the sinner to endure all things willingly, be contrite of heart, confess with the lips, and practice complete humility and fruitful satisfaction."


At St. Anthony's...

  • The Sacrament is celebrated every Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m and at any time on request
  • We welcome our young members in Grade Two to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Communion.
  • Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion will take place at the church.
  • Children attending a public school are required to prepare through home catechesis provided by the Diocese of Hamilton.
  • First Reconciliation is celebrated on a designated day.
  • For practical reasons, First Communion is celebrated on a designated Saturday.
  • Registration, including your child's baptism information, is required.
  • For ininformation regarding the preparation for the sacaraments, see the Parish Events page.
  • Please contact the Parish office for further details.


To register, please download the "First Reconciliation and First Communion registration form" from Contact --> Registration