Sacraments of Healing



What is Reconciliation?

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, sometimes called the sacrament of penance or confession, is intended to assist the Christian in becoming more Christ-like through the forgiveness of sin.

To learn when you can celebrate this sacrament, check out the weekly schedule.
You can also call the Parish Office to set up an appointment.

First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation is ordinarily celebrated when a child is 7 or 8 years old. It is celebrated prior to the child’s celebration of First Eucharist. Receiving the sacrament is a culmination of much preparation at home as well as through opportunities at the parish and school.

The policy of St. Joseph the Worker Education and Faith Formation Commission is that a student has completed one year of religious education or Catholic school immediately prior to beginning this sacramental program.

For more information on First Reconciliation, contact Ann Sirianni, our Faith Formation Coordinator:

Phone: 563-588-1433

Communal Anointing of the Sick at St. Joseph the Worker


What is Anointing of the Sick?

This Sacrament is for healing for all who are seriously ill, physically or mentally, and for those who have special need, such as prior to a major surgery. It is celebrated communally twice a year (during the Fall and Spring seasons), but can be celebrated any time by request. If you know someone who is ill and would like to be anointed contact the Parish Office:

Phone: 563-588-1433


The proper preparation for this sacrament is regular participation in parish life and the instruction received through weekend homilies and our parish celebrations of Eucharist. A genuine desire for healing and forgiveness in this particular instance is also important.