A sacrament is a religious symbol, that conveys divine grace, blessing, or holiness to the believer who participates in it, or a tangible object that represents an intangible object. An example would be baptism in water, representing (and conveying) baptism in the Holy Spirit. Reconciliation is the official name for CONFESSION in the Catholic church and is one of seven sacraments. Reconciliation is the sacrament of forgiveness. The penitent who is truly sorry for their sin(s) confesses to a priest, who expresses God's forgiveness. First Reconciliation presedes your First Communion and is when you confess your sins for the first time to a priest.