This sacrament is a sign and experience of God's unconditional forgiveness. We are called to be one people united with Christ and one another. Sadly, in our weakness this unity is often ruptured through failures to love (i.e. we sin). Yet God's love for us does not cease when we fail. By expressing our sorrow for our sin in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we experience forgiveness and healing. Our relationship with God and our unity as Church is made whole again.

Reconciliation is offered in two ways in the parish:

  • First Rite: A one-to-one interaction with the priest, in the reconciliation room ('confessional') which is located in the church.

  • Second Rite: A communal ceremony which also includes a brief one-to-one interaction with the priest as sins are confessed and absolved. 


Reconciliation is a sacrament which can be celebrated repeatedly throughout one's life, and indeed Catholics are encouraged to receive this sacrament frequently. They are obliged to receive this sacrament at least once a year.

  • Reconciliation (First Rite)

    Every Saturday after 9.30am Mass at St Patrick’s

    Every Friday after morning mass (at 11am on 1st Friday of the month before the Healing Mass) at St Bernard's.

    and more often at both locations during the seasons of Advent and Lent. 

  • Second Rite

 Communal Reconciliation ceremonies (Second Rite) are generally held before Christmas and Easter and at other times of the year, as publicised in the parish bulletin.

In our parish Catholic children usually make their First Reconciliation at age 7. They prepare for this through the Children's Sacramental Programme. Please note that Reconciliation must be celebrated after Confirmation and before First Communion in the Diocese of Broken Bay.

For more information please contact:

Sacramental Co-ordinators:

St Patricks Asquith: Louise Cosgrove and Deborah Wing

St Bernards Berowra: Peta Tonkin

alternatively contact the Pastoral Centre on 9456 2450.

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