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Objective: In the Sacrament of Confession and Reconciliation, the faithful are absolved of sins committed after baptism and restored to the Christian community. This exciting course helps prepare the catechumen for the Sacrament of First Confession and Reconciliation. Students will find the videos easy to understand, with clear, concise, and helpful explanations of important concepts. 

This course is a Supplement to your parish-based catechetical program.

Developed under the direction of Deacon Frederick Bartels, these classes carefully teach the basics of Catholic Confession and are appropriate for young adults and adults already confirmed.

Students will learn what confession is, why it is important, and how we are to prepare to make a good confession. 

At the end of this course, students will not only be better prepared for their first confession, but they will also be prepared to study in preparation for their first Holy Communion. 

There are 11 Mobile-friendly video lessons in this class with study guides, quizzes, and additional resources. A final examination concludes the course of study. 

A 'Certificate of Completion' will be awarded to students who pass the course. 

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Professor of Theology, Department Chair

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (, an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children. Professor Bartels is Chairman of the Theology Department.