Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as "the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, article 1446)
Christ the Redeemer typically holds at least two Parish Reconciliation services throughout the year: one during the Season of Advent, one during the Season of Lent. These Parish Reconciliation Services are celebrated within the Liturgy of the Word and can be bi-lingual (English/Spanish).
In addition to these Parish Reconciliation services, individual confessions are heard on Saturdays from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, or by calling the parish office at 703-430-0811 to make an appointment.
For many Catholics, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (often simply called "Confession") is celebrated in preparation for First Eucharist.
This "First" celebration is often done with one's classmates and families who are preparing to receive First Eucharist (or First Holy Communion) at a later date. Though the Church teaches that Reconciliation is mandatory in the case of grave sin, the consolation of God's love and forgiveness is the true importance of this sacrament. Children preparing for First Eucharist are encouraged to celebrate Reconciliation within the Liturgy of the Word, so that the abundance of God's presence in Word and Sacrament can be experienced and eventually be celebrated in its fullness at Mass.